Toyota was founded by Kiichiro Toyoda in 1937 as a division of his fathers company Toyota Industries; Toyota is part of Toyota Motor Corporation which includes Toyota, Lexus, Scion and Hino Motors, along with other non-vehicle related companies, commonly known as TMC or TMMC for Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc.
Toyota Canada Inc. began in 1983 as an aluminum plant in Delta, British Columbia and began manufacturing Toyota vehicles in 1988 at the first Toyota assembly plant in Cambridge, Ontario. Where it continues to assemble the Toyota Corolla, Matrix crossover, the Toyota Solara until 2003 and the luxury SUV Lexus RX 350, the only plant to produce a Lexus outside of Japan. In 1999 the Toyota plant expanded, creating the Toyota Cambridge North Plant where the Toyota Matrix and Corolla's are manufactured and Toyota Cambridge South Plant which is exclusively for the Lexus RX SUV.
In 2008 it opened a new assembly plant in Woodstock, Ontario where it manufacturers the Toyota RAV4 for Canada and all of North America, while the Toyota Camry, Tundra, Sequoia, Toyota Tacoma and other vehicles are manufactured in the USA.
The Toyota Prius which is now in its third generation was one of the first hybrid cars in the world, launched in 1997 in Japan, the Toyota Prius arrived in Canada in 2001. In 2008 the Prius hit the record of 1 million units sold worldwide, while the Toyota Highlander hybrid was launched in 2005 and the Toyota Camry Hybrid the following year at North American International Auto Show. Other very successful Toyota vehicles include the Toyota Yaris which is available in Canada as Yaris sedan and 2-door or 4-door hatchback, the Toyota Corolla which is one of the most sold Toyota sedans and its luxury counterpart the Toyota Camry. In the SUV category Toyota Canada has the crossover SUV Toyota RAV4, Highlander, FJ Cruiser and full size SUV Toyota 4Runner and Sequoia.
Toyota has shared assembly plants with other large car manufacturers, like General Motors in Fremont, CA which ended in 2009 and a joint venture with Subaru in Lafayette, IN, along with five large assembly plants in Huntsville, AL; Georgetown, KY; Princeton, IN; San Antonio, TX and Buffalo, WV. With a production plant in construction in Blue Springs, Mississippi and another one slated to be complete in 2011 in Tupelo, Mississippi.