Backgrounder: Toyota's major development steps in China

15:04, March 01, 2010      

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Toyota Motor Corp.'s president Akio Toyota will attend a press conference in Beijing late Monday to speak about the company's quality problems, aiming to repair the company's image and earn back customer trust in the world's largest auto market.

Below are Toyota's major development steps in China over the past 50 years:

September 1964 -- Toyota exported its Crown model to China for the first time.

July 1980 -- The first Toyota Authorized Service System (TASS) opened in Beijing. It was the country's first customer service center built by a foreign automaker.

October 1980 -- Toyota opened a representative office in Beijing.

March 1982 -- Toyota set up a TASS in Guangzhou, the capital city of China's south Guangdong Province.

November 1988 -- Toyota signed a technical assistance contract with Shenyang Jinbei Automotive Co., Ltd. The contract expired in June 1997.

December 1995 -- Tianjin Toyota Motor Engine Co., Ltd was founded.

February 1999 -- Tianjin Toyota Auto Forged Component Co., Ltd was founded.

June 2000 -- Tianjin FAW Toyota Motor Co., Ltd was founded.

December 2000 -- Sichuan FAW Toyota Motor Co., Ltd was founded, producing models such as Coaster, Land Cruiser, Land Cruiser Prado and Prius. The first unit of the domestically-produced Coaster was unveiled.

August 2002 -- Toyota inked comprehensive cooperation agreements with China's First Auto Work (FAW) Group Corporation. The year also marked the 30th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between China and Japan.

October 2002 -- The first unit of domestically-produced Vios was unveiled.

March 2004 -- FAW Toyota (Changchun) Engine Co., Ltd was founded.

September 2004 -- Guangzhou FAW Toyota Motor Co., Ltd was founded

May 2006 -- The first batch of domestically-produced Camry come into the market.

December 2009 -- Toyota Corolla and Camry sold 157,500 units and 156,200 units in China last year, ranking the ninth and tenth among the best selling auto models in the country.

February 2010 -- Tianjin FAW Toyota Motor Co., Ltd decided to recall 75,552 RAV4 sport-utility vehicles in the Chinese market due to a potential flaw with their accelerator pedals.

Source Xinhua
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