Toyota Motor Corporation was established in 1937, but the history of Toyota began in 1933 when the company was a division of Toyoda Automatic Loom Works devoted to the production of cars under the direction of the founder’s son, Kiichiro Toyoda.
Kiichiro Toyoda had traveled to Europe and the United States in 1929 to investigate automobile production and had begun researching gasoline-powered engines in 1930. Production of the Model AA passenger car started in 1936.
The first car model produced by Toyota was the Toyoda Model AA, which was a passenger car. The first prototype engine was completed on September 25, 1934, and three A1 prototypes were completed in May 1935.