Toyota Motor Corporation, founded by Kiichiro Toyoda in 1937, is a Japanese automotive manufacturer headquartered in Toyota, Aichi, Japan. Toyota was the largest automobile manufacturer in 2012 (by production) ahead of the Volkswagen Group and General Motors. In July of that year, the company reported the production of its 200-millionth vehicle. Toyota was the world’s first automobile manufacturer to produce more than 10 million vehicles per year in 2012. As of July 2014, Toyota was the largest listed company in Japan by market capitalization and by revenue.
Toyota Motor Corporation produces vehicles under 5 brands, including the Toyota brand, Hino, Lexus, Ranz, and Scion. It also holds a 51.2% stake in Daihatsu, a 16.66% stake in Fuji Heavy Industries, a 5.9% stake in Isuzu, and various small stakes in other auto companies. Toyota has been in South Africa since 1961, and has been as much a part of South African culture as the vibrant South Africans that drive Toyota vehicles.