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UPDATED: Oct 3, 2020

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You may just have bought yourself a shiny new Toyota sedan, or perhaps still considering buying one. But you may not know the brand well enough. For most people, the fact that Toyota is a Japanese car manufacturer is enough to help them make their decision of whether or not they want to buy that car. However, besides the long history of expansion in Japanese market, this famous brand has a number of impressive notes on the books. Here is a list of 10 cool facts that you probably didn’t know about Toyota:

A 2012 Toyota Camry. Image Credit: Author Owned.

Fastest Selling Car

Since 1966, Toyota has been manufacturing and selling Corolla every 37 seconds on average. As of 2013, the rate has gone much faster at every 27 seconds on average. The sales have hit an unprecedented 40 million, which is absolutely mind-boggling.

Local Manufacturing

Since 1957, Toyota has expanded the scope of its sales across the entire world. In almost 50 years, Toyota has managed to set up production bases and showrooms in over 170 countries and regions all over the globe. Even McDonalds doesn’t have as many restaurants worldwide! Because of Toyota’s successful policy of “producing vehicles where the demand exists,” there are more than 50 production bases in over 25 countries and regions including Australia.

Leading Manufacturer of Hybrid

Toyota has the largest hybrid model line-up in the world. The famous Toyota Prius, launched in 1997 as the first mass produced hybrid vehicle, has reached its target of 1 million unit sales each year, as of 2012. At Australia’s Altona factory, the Camry Hybrid is one of the vehicles manufactured there.

Best Selling Nameplate

According to the statistics, Corolla is the bestselling nameplate for vehicles all over the world. As of 2013, the total number of Toyota Corolla nameplates that have been sold is 30 million, which is astonishing. What is even more astonishing is that it has been the best-selling nameplate since 1997 when the cumulative sales went over 30 million units. You would think that it would have a stronger competition in today’s automobile market but Corolla still stands out as the best-selling one.

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