First of all, this list is not exhaustive. If it were, we’d be here all day. Because with thousands of team members spread across dozens of divisions around North America, Toyota is blessed with infinite stories of kindness, kaizen and collaboration.
So, we’re not presenting this as the be all-end all of what happened in 2018. So if we missed your favorite story, our apologies. However, these are 75 news stories that you can either discover for the first time or relive again.
If you want more information on any story below, just click on the text.
Let’s get to it.
Beautiful Friendship -- During his January address to team members, TMC President Akio Toyoda honored 2017 NASCAR Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr.
Business and Team Members
1. Akio visits TMNA for his global address
2. TMMK’s Jim Jordan wins the Global President’s Award for his volunteer work
3. Zack Hicks, Toyota Connected CEO, takes on another job: Chief Digital Officer
4. Toyota and Mazda decide to build a joint plant in Alabama
5. Toyota Arizona Proving Grounds (TAPG) turns 25
6. Lexus boss Jeff Bracken announces retirement, David Christ takes over
7. Manjit Singh joins TMNA as CIO
8. The president decides tariffs were a good idea. Toyota respectfully disagrees
9. Kiichiro Toyoda inducted into Automotive Hall of Fame
10. Vipin Gupta joins TFS as CIO
11. Construction continues at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Guanajuato
12. Mike Groff announces retirement as TFS CEO. Mark Templin takes over
13. CAFE standards become news again
14. Kevin Voelkel named new president at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas
Making a Statement -- In 2018, no Toyota product reveal was more intriguing that the Avalon, with its giant new grille.
15. Avalon makes waves in Detroit…
16. …With Alexa/Apple CarPlay
17. Lexus RX goes to 3 rows
18. Lexus shows off the LF-1 Limitless
19. Toyota’s nod to the Supra gets people talking
20. TRD Pro 2: Off road boogaloo
21. All-new RAV4 revealed in New York
22. Corolla Hatch lights up Big Apple
23. Entune 3.0 makes the customer experience better
24. Toyota releases special edition 86
25. Lexus celebrates 10 years of F Sport with special RC F and GS f editions.
26. Prius gets a refresh
27. Kevin Costner and Toyota conquer SEMA
28. Lexus features customized ES, LS, RC at SEMA
29. Prius gets all-wheel drive
30. New Corolla – with first-ever hybrid edition – revealed
31. How ‘bout TRD versions of Camry and Avalon?
32. Toyota announces the announcement of Supra
33. Special edition Lexus LX shown in LA
34. E-Palette shows future of mobile commerce
35. TRI shows off Platform 3.0
36. The 3,000th Mirai sold in California
37. This kid turns his old Celica into an electric car
38. TRI’s James Kuffner answers team member questions at the North American Business Update
39. And then Kuffner became the CEO of TRI-AD
40. TRI announces automated driving testing facility in Michigan
41. TRI joins study of workforce impact from autonomous vehicles
42. Toyota outlines mobility plan for 2020 Olympics
43. Toyota launches a car share service in Hawaii
44. TRINA makes a breakthrough in battery technology
45. Toyota tops the industry in patents…again
46. Toyota invests $500m in Uber
47. Project Portal 2.0 offers a new era of hydrogen fuel cell technology
48. Robots make pizzas in a Tundra
49. Toyota AI Ventures hits the road to find entrepreneurs
50. Toyota Safety Sense goes on its 10 millionth vehicle
TdPR Party -- Team members from Toyota de Puerto Rico pick up trash along the beach near San Cristobal Castle in San Juan. The amount of debris that washed up along Puerto Rico's 272 miles of coastline surged significantly in the wake of the back-to-back hits of Hurricane Irma and Hurrican Maria last year.
51. Toyota de Puerto Rico continues recovery efforts after Hurricane Maria
52. TVA hosts mock interviews for veterans
53. Toyota USA Foundation dedicates $400,000 in grants for San Antonio-area schools to develop STEM programs
54. Toyota funds STEM programs for 11 Kentucky elementary schools.
55. TSSC helps Meals on Wheels
56. Toyota fields its first AIDS/Lifecycle team
57. TFS offers payment relief to wildfire victims
58. Toyota’s Mother of Invention helps Hurricane Harvey victims
59. So does SBP, with the help of TSSC
60. Toyota and Contra Costa College announce T-TEN program
61. Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Alabama gets girls interested in STEM
62. A Tundra helps paleontologists search for dinosaur bones
63. Team members embrace NPLD again
64. Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Mississippi helps this family in need
65. Toyota, National Environmental Education Foundation grant helps restore destroyed land
Golden Girl -- In PyeongChang, Team Toyota snowboarder Chloe Kim claimed gold and became America's latest Olympic hero.
Sports and Other Stuff
66. Toyota starts to Start Your Impossible
67. Team Toyota athletes take the Olympics and Paralympics by storm
68. Team Toyota Olympic athlete Chloe Kim becomes America’s sweetheart
69. Toyota Gazoo Racing wins at Le Mans
70. Toyota and Special Olympics continue to be a perfect match
71. Chuck Norris does Toyota commercials now
72. This holiday ad made a bunch of people cry
73. Camry drivers dominate NASCAR Cup Series, fall just short of title
74. Toyota driver J.R. Todd wins NHRA title
75. Corporate Communications launches new podcast called Toyota Untold
By Dan Nied