Japan automotive history timeline:
buy generic Pregabalin 1902 The first automobile to be made in Japan was made in 1902 by Komanosuke Uchiyama from a gasoline engine that had been brought back from the United States.
go to site 1907 Komanosuke Uchiyama produces the first entirely Japanese-made car.
see 1909 Michio Suzuki establishes the Suzuki Loom Works in the small seacoast village of Hamamatsu. The company builds weaving looms for Japan’s silk industry.
1911 Masujiro Hashimoto establishes the Kaishinsha Motor Car Works [A Good Company Automobile Manufacturer] which will eventually become a Nissan factory in the future. It is renamed to Kaishinsha Motorcar Co., Ltd. in 1918, and again to DAT Jidosha & Co., Ltd. (DAT Motorcar Co.) in 1925. DAT Motors build trucks in addition to the DAT and the Datsun passenger cars.
1914 Mitsubishi Zosen is manufacturing its first car, called the Model A.
1920 Toyo Cork Kogyo Co. Ltd, is founded in Hiroshima. The company will eventually be known as Mazda.
1920 Suzuki Loom Manufacturing Company is incorporated with Michio Suzuki as president.
1931 Mazda is established when Toyo Kogyo moves from manufacturing machine tools to making the Mazda-Go autorickshaw – a three-wheeled truck,
1933 Tobata Casting Co., Ltd. sets up an Automobile Division which, in 1934, will become known as Nissan.
1934 The Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. Is established.
1936 The Japanese government passes the Automobile Manufacturing Industries Act, designed to break the American car monopoly. Companies formed under this 1936 act included Toyota and Datsun.
1937 Suzuki creates a project to investigate diversification into manufacturing small cars.
1937 The Toyota Motor Co. Ltd. Is established
1945 – 1952 After the defeat of Japan in World War II, the United States led the Allies in the occupation and rehabilitation of the Japanese state.
1947 The Toyota Model SA compact passenger car is introduced.
1952 The industrial conglomerates that had been disbanded begin to be re-formed.
1952 Nissan enters into a technological cooperation agreement with Austin Motor Co., Ltd. of the United Kingdom.
1954 The Suzuki Loom Manufacturing Company changes its name to Suzuki Motor Co., Ltd
1955 Suzuki begins production of the 360cc Suzulite. The Suzulight sedans and light vans all have transversely mounted engines and front-wheel drive.
1957 Toyota creates a North American factory and HQ in California.
1958 Fuji introduces the Subaru 360. The nameplate 360 is derived from the car’s tax-limited engine displacement of 356 cc. The car is nicknamed the “ladybug” in Japan.
1960 Mitsubishi introduces its first car after the war, the Mitsubishi 500, a small, fuel-efficient 500cc car, affordably priced.
1960 Toyo Kogyo launches a 360cc coupé, they would eventually become Mazda.
1961 Toyota introduces the Publica, a 700cc 2-door car with a variety of body styles.
1967 The Japan Automotive Manufacturers Association Inc. (JAMA) is established to promote the sound development of the automobile manufacturing industry and contribute to social and economic welfare through research, information exchange, public service and international cooperation activities.
1967 Mazda launches their first rotary-engine car – the Mazda Cosmo Sport.
1970s Japanese motor manufacturers recognize the need for more automation in automobile production and begin using advanced digital manufacturing technologies and robotics.
1979 Ford acquires 7% of Mazda.
1989 The MX-5 is conceived as a small, affordable two-seater sports car and is launched at the Chicago Auto Show..
1989 Toyota’s Automobile Museum is opened.
1996 Ford Motor Corporation now owns 33.3% of Mazda.
1997 The Toyota Prius is launched as a full hybrid electric car and is the world’s first mass-produced hybrid vehicle.
2008 Ford Motor Corporation reduces its stake in Mazda from 33% to 13%.
2014 Toyota is the largest listed company in Japan by market capitalization, worth more than twice as much as number 2-ranked SoftBank, and by revenue.
Cinema and TV Car Classics:
1967 You Only Live Twice – Toyota 2000 GT – Sean Connery as James Bond.
2006 Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift – Mazda RX-7 (1997), Nissan Sylvia S15 Spec-S (2001), Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX (2006), Nissan Fairlady Z (Z33), Nissan Silvia S15 Spec-R.