Twenty-five million cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs is an awful lot. That’s more than the number of original Volkswagen Beetles that were made from 1938 all the way through its final run in 2003.
But Toyota has done that in North America alone, and only in 26 years of manufacturing.
It’s quite the milestone for Japan’s largest automaker and the company vying to be the world’s most-abundant vehicle producer. But Toyota has done it through the better part of three decades, $24 billion of direct investments in North American manufacturing facilities, and 365,000 jobs created with its plants, including those directly in Toyota as well as suppliers.
Of the plants Toyota has maintained in the U.S., its operations started with the New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc. (NUMMI) plant in Fremont, California, which it shared with General Motors until it halted production in 2009. It’s now where Tesla makes its Model S sedan, and while producing cars on and off since the 1960s, Toyota didn’t get involved with it until 1984.
That likely had something to do with the embargo the U.S. placed on imported vehicles back during the Reagan Administration.
Afterward, the company pressed forward with more ventures, including plants in Georgetown, Kentucky; Princeton, Indiana; a plant in Lafayette, Indiana, it shares with Subaru; San Antonio, Texas; Baja California, Mexico; Blue Springs, Mississippi; Woodstock, Ontario, Canada; and Cambridge, Ontario, Canada.
And all that adds up to 25 million vehicles, brought on to the masses. So what was the 25 millionth car, you ask? A 2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid, finished in Classic Silver. At the celebration conference earlier this week, Bill Fay, the vice president of Toyota sales in North America, sent out his appreciation to those around the world who made the vehicle-build feat possible.
“We thank the millions of customers, some of the finest team members in the world, hundreds of excellent North American suppliers and our outstanding dealers who have supported us in reaching this milestone.”