In 1929, Sakichi Toyoda sold the textile loom he invented for $150,000 and reinvested that money in an automobile venture that would build cars in Japan and compete with Ford and General Motors' local presence. Though he died a year later, his son Kiichiro carried on the plans and the first Toyota car, modeled after Chrysler's of the time, went into production in 1936.
Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. was established in 1958 and solid 288 vehicles in America that year. By 1966, that figure rose to more than 20,000 units and in 1975 Toyota became the top-selling import brand in the country. In 1986 the first Toyota built on American soil, a white Corolla, rolled off the production plant.
By 2008, Toyota surpassed General Motors as the top-selling automaker in the world.
The 1958 Toyota Toyopet Crown was the first Toyota vehicle to be sold in the U.S.
The Toyota Stout was a light pickup that came to the United States in 1964 but was out of production by 1990. Here, the 1966 model year is shown.
1969 Toyota Corona is considered by Toyota to be the company's first popular vehicle in America.
According to Toyota, the Land Cruiser is the only Toyota vehicle sold consistently throughout the company's 55-plus year history in the U.S.
The Toyota Hilux, pictured in its 1974 incarnation, debuted in 1968 and remains in production to this day.
In 1975 Toyota added a liftback model to its Celica GT line.
According to Toyota, the Corolla is the best-selling passenger car in the world, with over 30 million units sold. A 1978 model is shown.
The 1983 model-year Camry was the first to be sold as an independent nameplate. Fifteen years after the 1983 model debuted, Camry achieve top sales status in the United States.
This 1984 Toyota Tercel features a liftback design.
1985 was the second model-year of the Toyota 4Runner.
The 1986 Toyota Corolla was the first Toyota to be manufactured in the US.
The Toyota Supra originally began as a version of the Celica but by the mid-80s became a distinct nameplate. Here, the 1988 Supra is shown.
The Toyota 4Runner is pictured during its 1992 model year.
The 1996 Toyota Celica GT was part of the model's sixth generation, identifiable by its four-eyed headlights.
In 2006 Toyota added a hybrid version to its Highlander line.
In 2008, Toyota unveiled the second-generation Matrix at the Las Vegas Special Equipment Market Association show.
According to Toyota, the 2008 Tundra is the company's largest pickup to date.
The Toyota Camry continues to be one of the company's most popular models. In 2006, Toyota added a hybrid option to their Camry line. A 2010 model is pictured.
Toyota's 2010 FT-CH hybrid concept hints at a lighter and more fuel-efficient vehicle the Prius and is being marketed to a younger age-demographic with a lower pricing point than Toyota's other hybrid cars.
The 2012 Yaris Liftback is one of the company's newest editions to its hybrid-synergy drive vehicles.
Toyota hopes to enhance "electronic connectivity" with its 2012 NS4 hybrid concept. The NS4 will feature a Human-Machine Interface (HMI) which will allow drivers to interact with the car via a built-in touch screen similar to a smartphone.
Toyota's 2013 Prius is EPA-rated to get 50 miles per gallon of gas.
Toyota says that their 2013 Toyota Furia concept hints at the design elements of the next generation Corolla.