You might have wondered what else Toyota makes besides cars. Toyota produces a variety of other car-related products, such as engines, air-conditioning compressors, stamping dies, and other components for cars. They are even credited with creating the QR code. Toyota was once considered the premier automobile manufacturer in the world, but the company is now in the shadow of its main competitors: Ford and GM. Volkswagen has already passed Toyota for the top spot, and Renault is closing in.
Other than cars, Toyota manufactures sewing machines, which are extremely popular in Japan. This type of machine costs almost as much as a car! While sewing machines have been popular in Japan, Toyota also produces forklifts and pallet trucks. Their pallet trucks and forklifts are among the most innovative on the market, featuring technologies such as System of Active Stability. These robotic products have a wide variety of uses, ranging from the convenience store aisle to the office.
Toyota’s biggest manufacturing facility, Toyota Motor North America, is headquartered in Plano, Texas, and operates as the holding company for the Toyota Motor Corporation in North America. Operations began in 1957 and were later consolidated with Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., in 2017. The two companies worked together to focus on marketing and distribution in North America. Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America supervised the operations of all the assembly plants in the region.