After 76 years and 11 months, Toyota reached 200 million units of production by the end of June. Since the very first Model G1 truck left the assembly line in August 1935, about 145 million vehicles have been made in Japan while another 55 million were produced elsewhere. Don't be surprised to see those figures change drastically as high production costs in Japan force automakers like Toyota increasingly consider making vehicles overseas.
The 50-million-vehicle milestone happened in October 1985, taking more than 50 years to produce, according to Toyota. The next 50 million units were reached 11 years later, in January 1997. Nine years later, Toyota's overall production hit 150 million. If that wasn't quick enough, the final 50 million units were produced in about 6.5 years.
The Model G1 truck was built by Toyoda Automatic Loom Works Ltd.'s Automotive Department, before becoming Toyota Motor Corporation. Not surprisingly, the Toyota Corolla is the highest produced model -- one out of every five Toyotas ever sold have been Corollas. While Toyota may have needed about 77 years to reach 200 million units, we're guessing it won't take nearly that much time to double that figure.