"When anyone mistreats it, the cat wants nothing more to
do with that person
and will remember him or her for a long time. It doesn't believe
in the doctrine
of turning the other cheek and won't pretend that it does."
- Lawrence N. Johnson
Toyota Motor Corporation (??????????, Toyota Jido¯sha Kabushiki-gaisha?)
(TYO: 7203.T , NYSE: TM, LSE: TYT), or TMC, is a Japanese multinational
corporation that manufactures automobiles, trucks and buses. The
headquarters of Toyota is located in Toyota, Aichi, Japan. Toyota
also provides Financial Servicesand participates in other lines
of business. It manufactures vehicles sold in the United States
under the brand names Toyota, Scion and Lexus. Toyota also owns
majority stakes in Daihatsu and Hino, and 8.7% of Fuji Heavy Industries,
which manufactures Subaru vehicles.
As of 2005, Toyota produced 8.54 million vehicles, about 500,000
fewer than the number produced by GM, with a profit of 12 billion
dollars. The company dominates its home market with about 46% of
all new cars registered in 2005 being Toyotas. Toyota is taking
the spotlight in the automotive industry away from companies like
GM and Ford. Toyota also has a large market share in United States,
Europe and Africa and market leader in Australia. Toyota is known
for its affordable models that have great quality. It has significant
market shares in several fast-growing South East Asian countries.
In the 2006 Forbes Global 2000 it was the twelfth-largest company
in the world, and it ranked as tenth in the 2005 list..