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Useful information about this Japanese brand

The birth of Toyota

Toyota's history began in 1933 with the company as a division of Toyoda Automatic Loom Works dedicated to the production of automobiles under the direction of the founder's son, Kiichiro Toyoda. Kiichiro Toyoda had travelled to Europe and the United States in 1929 to research automobile production and had begun investigating petrol engines in 1930. Toyoda Automatic Loom Works was encouraged to develop automobile production by the Japanese government, which needed domestic vehicle production because of the war with China. In 1934 the division produced its first Type A engine, which was used in the first Model A1 passenger car in May 1935 and the G1 truck in August 1935. Production of the Model AA passenger car began in 1936. Early vehicles bear a striking resemblance to the Dodge Power Wagon and Chevrolet.

Although the Toyota Group is best known today for its cars, it is still in the textile business and still makes automatic weaving machines, which are now being automated, and electric sewing machines that are sold worldwide.

Toyota database

The overviews below contain many useful service intervals and tips on the most recent Toyota models. The intervals and guidelines are only an indication, circumstances may occur that cause a garage to give a different advice.

When to replace a Toyota timing belt

The timing belt or chain is essential for (almost) any combustion engine, without it there can be no combustion. This is because the timing belt ensures that the camshaft, the crankshaft and the valves are driven by this belt or chain. Some Toyota models have a timing belt that needs to be replaced periodically. Below are the intervals for each model that we know about: