Akio Toyoda Says Japan Will Protect Auto Industry Jobs In Coronavirus Crisis

Akio Toyoda says Japan will protect auto industry jobs in coronavirus crisis

TOKYO — Toyota Chief Executive Akio Toyoda promised Friday that the Japanese auto industry would seek to protect jobs worldwide as it endures the coronavirus pandemic.

Toyoda, speaking as head of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, said he was worried the Japanese economy might be destroyed before the world can win the fight against the sickness caused by COVID-19.

Former Toyota Chief Tatsuro Toyoda Dies At 88

Former Toyota chief Tatsuro Toyoda dies at 88

Former Toyota President Tatsuro Toyoda, who helped the Japanese automaker become a global industrial power in the early 1990s, has died at the age of 88, the company said on Saturday. The son of the company's founder, Kiichiro Toyoda, he took a major role in Toyota's international expansion during the 1980s and 1990s and led the company from 1992 to 1995 as the automaker accelerated its global expansion. He was the first president of the New United Motor Manufacturing Inc, or NUMMI, plant in California in the mid-1980s, a joint venture with Detroit rival General Motors that demonstrated Toyota's highly efficient production system could be adapted to the culture of operations outside its home base of Japan. NUMMI paved the way for Toyota's subsequent investments in its own U.S. assembly and component factories. Toyota now has 10 manufacturing operations in the United States. Toyoda stepped down as company president in 1995. Toyota said in a short statement that Toyoda died of pneumonia on Dec. 30. He is survived by his wife, Ayako Toyoda. (Reporting By Joe White; Editing by Bill Rigby)

Akio Toyoda & His Path To Becoming Lexus Master Driver

Akio Toyoda & His Path to Becoming Lexus Master Driver

Hans Greimel of Automotive News has turned in an engrossing profile of Toyota president Akio Toyoda, whose love of racing shapes both Toyota and Lexus vehicles:

The wealthy grandson of Toyota Motor Corp.’s founder took his first tentative competitive racing laps only 10 years ago, just two years before assuming the helm as president. His family discouraged him from driving. Fearful for his safety, fellow company officers did, too.

Toyota #throwbackthursday : 1935 ‘toyoda’ Logos

Toyota #ThrowbackThursday : 1935 ‘Toyoda’ logosThe earliest Toyota vehicles were developed in 1935 by the automobile department of the Toyoda Automatic Loom Works, a company named after its founding father, Sakichi Toyoda. The model names – Model AA car and Model G1 truck – were preceded by the brand name Toyoda.

Remembering Eiji Toyoda : Symbol Of Toyota Manufacturing Spirit

Remembering Eiji Toyoda : Symbol of Toyota manufacturing spiritEiji Toyoda, who died on Sept. 17 at age 100, was the symbol of the manufacturing spirit of Toyota Motor Corp., supporting the company in its pioneering years and helping it develop into one of the world's leading automakers.
Toyoda, a member of Toyota's founding family, helped the company start the nation's first full-scale automobile development. He also helped establish the lean and efficient manufacturing process known as the Toyota Production System.