#8 – Toyota
The Toyota Motor Corporation is a Japanese automotive manufacturer that was founded in 1937 by Kiichiro Toyoda. It is currently the largest automobile manufacturer in the world, with 10.23 million automobile sales in 2014, slightly ahead of the Volkswagon Group. This statistic made Toyota the first automobile company in the world to sell more than 10 million units in a single financial year and they have been Japan’s largest company for many years.
First ever Toyota production car? The Toyota Model AA, actually produced in 1936, a year before the company was incorporated.