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No other brand in the world sells more passenger vehicles than Toyota, a Japanese manufacturer with a truly global presence. Founded in 1937, Toyota established its U.S. base 20 years later.
In 1958, the first Toyota models were sold in the U.S. and comprised of a few hundred sedans and one Land Cruiser. In 1965, the Toyota Corona was introduced, a model specifically designed for the U.S. market. Three years later the Toyota Corolla was introduced, which later became the best-selling car in the world.
Throughout the 1970s, Toyota continued to grow. By the 1980s, Toyota started building manufacturing plants in North America. The company also launched the Celica Camry, later renamed the Toyota Camry, which became the best-selling car in America. New models introduced included the Toyota 4Runner SUV, the subcompact Tercel, a small pickup truck and a van.
Toyota continued expanding its product line to new segments. Among its earlier models included the Toyota MR2, a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive sports car and competitor to the Mazda Miata. That model was joined by the Toyota Supra, sport coupe.
In the 1990s, the Toyota Avalon was released. Its first larger pickup truck, the Toyota T100 was also introduced, as well the Toyota Previa minivan. Toyota was in the hybrid market with its first Prius model. The Toyota Prius enabled the brand to strengthen its presence in an emerging segment, extending hybrid variants to additional models.
Toyota also welcomed several new models, including its RAV4, Highlander and Sequoia SUVs, as well as its Sienna minivan and two pickup trucks: Tacoma and Tundra.
In more recent years other models arrived, including the Toyota FJ Cruiser. In addition, the subcompact Toyota Yaris came to the market as well as the Toyota Venza crossover SUV. The company’s first fuel-cell model, the Toyota Mirai, was released in 2015.