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Toyota plans to produce 9.4 million vehicles in 2007.

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Toyota's presence in Motorsport can be traced by to the early 1970s, when Swedish driver, Ove Andersson drove for Toyota during the RAC Rally of Great Britain.

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Toyota has been developing multi-task robots designed for elderly care, manufacturing, and entertainment.

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Toyota then started to establish new brands at the end of the 1980s, with the launch of their luxury division, Lexus, in 1989.

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The UFJ was listed among Fortune Magazine's largest money-losing corporations in the world, with Toyota's chairman serving as a director.

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Toyota raced in CART from 1996 to 2002.

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In 2002, Toyota's final year in the championship, it turned things around completely from its bleak debut.

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Production on a new manufacturing plant in Tupelo, Mississippi, is scheduled for completion in 2010; it will be producing the Toyota Highlander.

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In 1934, while still a department of Toyota Industries, it created its first product Type A engine and its first passenger car (the Toyota AA) in 1936.

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Toyota has a large market share in the United States, but a small market share in Europe.

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Two years later, Toyota set up a base in the United Kingdom, TMUK, as the company's cars had become very popular among British drivers.

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In 1982, the Toyota Motor Company and Toyota Motor Sales merged into one company, the Toyota Motor Corporation.

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More than 1,000,000 units have been sold, and within a few years Toyota will enlarge the number of hybrid models.

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From there the team was renamed, Toyota Team Europe.

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The company was founded in 1937, by Kiichiro Toyoda as a spinoff from his father's company, Toyota Industries, to create automobiles.

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Toyota is also pushing hybrid vehicles in the U.S., such as the Toyota Prius, Toyota Camry Hybrid, Highlander Hybrid, and various Lexus products.

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Following the 2005 season, the Penske and Ganassi teams announced they would switch engines to Honda, leaving Toyota with no championship contenders.

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Toyota North America headquarters are located in New York City, and operate at a holding company level in North America.

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Toyota has long been recognized as an industry leader in manufacturing and production.

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In 1950, a separate sales company, Toyota Motor Sales Co., was established (which lasted until July 1982).

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The war ended shortly before a scheduled Allied bombing run on the Toyota factories in Aichi.

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The next year, Juan Pablo Montoya gave Toyota its first-ever CART win at the Milwaukee Mile, the first of 5 races won by Toyota-powered cars that year.

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North America is a major automobile market for Toyota.

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Toyota is doing plug-in hybrid vehicle (called Toyota Plug-in HV) road tests in Japan.

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On December 7, 2004, a U.S. press release was issued stating that Toyota would be offering Sirius Satellite Radios.

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Toyota started seeing its fortunes improve in 1999, as Scott Pruett took pole position at the final race of the season at the California Speedway.

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Toyota Motor Corporation Toyota Jid?sha Kabushiki-gaisha, or Toyota in short, is a Japanese automaker.

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Toyota is considered luckier than Toyoda in Japan, where eight is regarded as a lucky number, and eight is the number of strokes it takes to write Toyota in katakana.

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Toyota has experienced quality problems and was reprimanded by the government in Japan for its recall practices.

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Toyota Motor Co. was established as an independent and separate company in 1937.

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Toyota were replaced the following season by Peugeot, who went on to win the Manufacturers' title in succession from 2000-2002.

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Toyota Technological Institute founded the Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago in 2003.

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Toyota has invested considerably into cleaner-burning vehicles, such as the Toyota Prius, based on technology such as the Hybrid Synergy Drive.

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Toyota has an environmental policy in place which commits the company not only to meet industry standards but to set them.

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During the winter of 1972, Andersson formed Andersson Motorsport in his native country and began running a Rallying program for Toyota.

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Toyota's market share struggles in Europe, where its Lexus brand has three tenths of one percent market share, compared to nearly two percent market share as the U.S. luxury segment leader.

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Toyota is publicly traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

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Toyota's first win in motorsport came at the 1975, 1000 Lakes Rally of Finland, when Hannu Mikkola and his co-driver, Atso Aho, won the event in a Toyota Corolla.

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Toyota-powered cars, campaigned by the All-American Racers and PPI Motorsports teams, languished at the back of the grid, slow and unreliable.

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Toyota is one of the largest companies to push hybrid vehicles in the market, and one of the first to commercially mass-produce such vehicles, an example being the Toyota Prius.

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Toyota also owns majority stakes in Daihatsu and Hino, and 8.7 percent of Fuji Heavy Industries, which manufactures Subaru vehicles.

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Toyota Racing Development was brought about to help develop true high performance racing parts for many Toyota vehicles.

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In 2005, Toyota, combined with its half-owned subsidiary Daihatsu Motor Company, produced 8.54 million vehicles, about 500,000 fewer than the number produced by GM that year.

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Toyota didn't even lead a lap until Alex Barron led 12 laps at the Vancouver street circuit in September 1998.

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Toyota reports on its consolidated financial statements 540 consolidated subsidiaries and 226 affiliates.

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Toyota also began production of the world's best selling hybrid car, the Toyota Prius, in 1997.

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The quality and production principles on which Toyota is based originated in an education program from the United States Army in the postwar era.

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In 2002, Toyota managed to enter a Formula One works team and establish joint ventures with French motoring companies Citro–Ľn and Peugeot, a year after Toyota started producing cars in France.

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Three relatively new, small teams spearheaded the initial Toyota Cup program: Michael Waltrip Racing, Bill Davis Racing, and Team Red Bull.

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Toyota established the Toyota Technological Institute in 1981, as Sakichi Toyoda had planned to establish a university as soon as he and Toyota became successful.

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Toyota uses a number of slogans in its American TV commercials such as "It's time to move forward," "Smart way to keep moving forward," or "Moving forward."

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Toyota, and Toyota-produced Lexus and Scion automobiles, consistently rank near the top in certain quality and reliability surveys, primarily J.D.

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Toyota started recruiting staff for their Le Mans efforts in 1997, with an aim to start a Formula One team.

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In 2007, Toyota also supplyied engines to the Williams team.

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Toyota now has three hybrid vehicles in its lineup: The Prius, Highlander, and Camry.

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Toyota has sold more hybrids vehicles in the country than any other manufacturer.

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Toyota won the Manufacturer's championship, 10 races, and Cristiano Da Matta rode Toyota power to the driver's championship, with Bruno Junqueira, also Toyota-powered car, finished second.

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Toyota Century is the official state car of the Japanese imperial family, namely for the Emperor of Japan, Akihito.

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Toyota's brand sales had risen 9.2 percent, largely on demand for Corolla and Camry sedans.

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Toyota has struggled in its first season in Nextel Cup, harnessing only two poles in 36 races, and posting only one five top-5 and ten top-10 finishes across Toyota teams.

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In 2002, Toyota started racing in Formula One with Toyota Team Europe, based in Cologne, Germany.

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Toyota owns and operates Toyota, Lexus, Scion, has a majority shareholding in Daihatsu Motors, and has minority shareholdings in Fuji Heavy Industries, Isuzu Motors, and the engine, motorcycle, and marine craft manufacturer, Yamaha Motors.

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Toyota moved to the Indy Racing League in 2003, and provided factory support to former CART teams Penske Racing and Chip Ganassi Racing, as well as other teams.

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Toyota currently maintains over 16 percent of the U.S. market share and is listed second only to GM in terms of volume.

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After suffering another heart attack, Frank Sinatra died at 10:50 p.m. on May 14, 1998, at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center with wife Barbara and daughter Nancy by his side.

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The company, along with the original Toyota Industries, forms bulk of the Toyota Group.

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At the time, the UFJ was one of the largest shareholders of Toyota.

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Todd Bodine became the first driver to give Toyota their first ever NASCAR championship, by winning the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Title in 2006.

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In 2002, Toyota successfully road-tested a new version of the RAV4, which ran on a Hydrogen fuel cell.

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In 1990, Carlos Sainz gave Toyota its first ever Championship win in a Four-wheel drive Toyota Celica and repeated the feat 2 years later.

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Toyota changed the Japanese writing of its brand name from Katakana to Kanji and "Corporation" was moved from the end to the beginning.

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Toyota's efforts for a Le Mans car was the Toyota GT-One, which was driven by ex-Formula One drivers: Martin Brundle, Thierry Boutsen, and Ukyo Katayama.

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Toyota directly employs around 38,340 people in North America.

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The first Toyota built outside Japan was in April 1963, at Port Melbourne, in Australia.

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Toyota has factories all over the world, manufacturing or assembling vehicles for local markets, including the Corolla.

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According reports, Toyota is testing a lithium-ion battery pack in the plug-in.

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The Toyota Motor Company was awarded its first Japanese Quality Control Award at the start 1970s, and began participating in a wide variety of Motorsports.

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Toyota Financial Services Corporation provides financing to Toyota customers.

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By the end of the decade, Toyota had established a worldwide presence, as the company had exported its one-millionth unit.

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Toyota brands include Scion and Lexus, and the corporation is part of the Toyota Group.

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Toyota decided to quit running in the WRC at the end of the 1999 season, quoting that "all that can be achieved has been achieved."

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The world headquarters of Toyota are located in its home country, in Toyota, Aichi, Japan.