At Bob Smith Toyota, we’re more than just a dealership that carries top-quality Toyota cars, trucks, and SUVs. We’re proud to carry on the legacy of the Toyota brand, which is quite historic in and of itself. Our Toyota dealers love sharing fun and obscure Toyota facts with our customers in La Crescenta, CA, so today we want to share some of our favorites.
1. Toyota’s Original Name
You may not know this, but Toyota started as a family-owned company. CEO Akio Toyoda is the grandson of the founder, Kiichiro Toyoda, who was the man who transformed Toyota from a loom and weaving textile company into the car giant it is today. He also changed the name of the corporation from Toyoda to “Toyota” after a contest ruled it more appealing than the original name.
2. Toyota’s Founder Collected Over 100 Patents
Sakichi Toyoda, founder of Toyota, didn’t just run a business for industrializing textile weaving looms. Over his lifetime, Toyoda collected over 100 patents in total, all involving textile manufacturing and automation. He even secured 45 industrial property rights to equipment he invented, and he’s credited for bringing the Industrial Revolution to Japan.
3. Toyota Built Its First Hybrid in 1968
Proving it’s always been ahead of the game, Toyota actually started a hybrid vehicle project called the Toyota Crown back in late 1960s. It utilized a gas turbine engine, but at the time, there wasn’t a battery powerful or rechargeable enough to be used effectively and without massive costs. Despite these odds, Toyota spent over a decade on the project, dropping it only in the early 1980s.
There are so many more surprising Toyota facts you may not know about, so to learn more, visit our Toyota dealership in La Crescenta, CA. We hope to see you soon!