A brief history of the company
It all started in 1933, when a subdivision of the Toyoda loom works was encouraged by the Japanese government to research and produce automobiles. The Japanese government was in need of domestic vehicle production, as other automotive companies were making equipment for the war with China.
Thus, in 1934, the division produced its first Type A engine, and it was used in the Model A1 passenger car in May 1935, before being put into the G1 truck three months later. The company did not become the independent Toyota Motor Company until 1937 – for five years it was simply a division of the loom works.
During World War Two, the company was dedicated to truck production, and they kept the design as simple as possible due to the shortage of materials available. Because the factories were destroyed by the Allied bombing, the company struggled and came close to bankruptcy in 1949, despite producing the Model SA passenger car for two years prior.
After struggling through the late forties and into the fifties, Toyota finally began to expand in the 1960s, with a new research and development facility built and an expanded presence in Thailand.
Establishing partnerships with other brands and winning awards for their quality (the product of the research and design facility) is what brought the company back to life, and they were even able to expand internationally.
In 1963, the first Toyota built outside of Japan was made in Melbourne; then from 1963 to 1965, Australia was the company’s biggest export market. By the end of the 60s, their worldwide presence had been established, and they had assembly lines set up in Europe, and cars being exported to America as well as the rest of the world.
Toyota has been in Australia since the end of the 50s, with the Land Cruiser being an integral part of the Snowy Mountains Scheme. They expanded in Australia through the 60s and 70s, and by 1992 there had been one million Australian made Toyotas. The two million mark was reached in 2004.
Like many companies, Toyota struggled through the GFC of 2008 and similarly to other brands in the motoring industry, Toyota will cease Australian production in 2017.
Toyota make 12 types of sedan within their range of Corolla, Camry, Aurion, and ‘86’ models. These 12 cars are:
|Corolla Ascent||Camry Atara SL|
|Corolla SX||Aurion ATX|
|Corolla ZR||Aurion Sportivo|
|Camry Altise||Aurion Presara|
|Camry Atara S||86 GT|
|Camry Atara SX||86 GTS|
All Toyota sedans are equipped with seven airbags for passenger safety in the event of a crash. To help avoid any accidents, they also have a number of clever features such as Active Braking (anti-skid, brake force distribution, brake assist), traction control, and stability control.
As well as these, Toyota sedans come with reversing cameras, parking sensors, blind spot monitor system, child seat anchor points, and automatic headlights and rain sensing wipers in some models.
To see all of the features that are available in your next Toyota, see their website.
How did Toyota sedans score?
Toyota performed well across the board in our sedan survey, achieving four stars in every category.
Other hatchbacks we rated
Canstar Blue commissions Colmar Brunton to regularly survey Australian consumers across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who had recently bought a sedan.
The other brands in this year’s survey are:
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