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Eiji Toyoda (豊田 英二, Toyoda Eiji, 12 September 1913 – 17 September 2013)[1] was a Japanese industrialist. He was largely responsible for bringing Toyota Motor Corporation
Toyota Motor Corporation
to profitability and worldwide prominence during his tenure as president and later, as chairman.[2]

Contents

1 Career 2 Later years and death 3 Honours

3.1 Japanese 3.2 Non-Japanese

4 Family tree 5 See also 6 Footnotes 7 External links

Career[edit] Toyoda studied mechanical engineering at Tokyo Imperial University from 1933 to 1936.[3] During this time his cousin Kiichiro established an automobile plant at the Toyoda Automatic Loom Works in the city of Nagoya in central Japan.[3] Toyoda joined his cousin in the plant at the conclusion of his degree and throughout their lives they shared a deep friendship. In 1938, Kiichiro asked Eiji to oversee construction of a newer factory about 32 km east of Nagoya on the site of a red pine forest in the town of Koromo, later renamed Toyota
Toyota
City.[4] Known as the Honsha ("headquarters") plant, to this day it is considered the "mother factory" for Toyota
Toyota
Motor production facilities worldwide.[4] Toyoda visited Ford River Rouge Complex
Ford River Rouge Complex
at Dearborn, Michigan
Dearborn, Michigan
during the early 1950s. He was awed by the scale of the facility but dismissive of what he saw as its inefficiencies.[5] Toyota
Toyota
Motor had been in the business of manufacturing cars for 13 years at this stage, and had produced just over 2,500 automobiles. The Ford plant in contrast manufactured 8,000 vehicles a day.[3] Due to this experience, Toyoda decided to adopt American automobile mass production methods but with a qualitative twist. Toyoda collaborated with Taiichi Ohno, a veteran loom machinist, to develop core concepts of what later became known as the ' Toyota
Toyota
Way', such as the Kanban system of labeling parts used on assembly lines, which was an early precursor to bar codes.[5] They also fine-tuned the concept of Kaizen, a process of incremental but constant improvements designed to cut production and labor costs while boosting overall quality.[5] As a managing director of Toyota
Toyota
Motor, Toyoda failed in his first attempt to crack the U.S. market with the underpowered Toyota
Toyota
Crown sedan in the 1950s, but he succeeded with the Toyota Corolla
Toyota Corolla
compact in 1968, a year after taking over as president of the company.[5] During the car's development phase, Toyoda, as executive vice-president, had to overcome the objections of then-president Fukio Nakagawa to install a newly developed 1.0-liter engine, air conditioning and automatic transmissions in the Corolla.[4] Appointed the fifth president of Toyota
Toyota
Motor, Toyoda went on to become the company's longest serving chief executive thus far.[4] In 1981, he stepped down as president and assumed the title of chairman. He was succeeded as president by Shoichiro Toyoda.[4] In 1983, as chairman, Eiji decided to compete in the luxury car market, which culminated in the 1989 introduction of Lexus.[4] Toyoda stepped down as chairman of Toyota
Toyota
in 1994 at the age of 81.[5] Later years and death[edit] In his later years, Toyoda was hospitalised for hip problems, and was wheelchair-bound for a time, yet remained affable and smiling in interviews. Retaining a clear mind into his 90s, he enjoyed tackling sudoku puzzles. He spent most of his last years undergoing treatment at the Toyota
Toyota
Memorial Hospital in Toyota
Toyota
City, Japan, close to company headquarters.[6][7] Five days after his 100th birthday, Toyoda died of heart failure in the Toyota
Toyota
Memorial Hospital on 17 September 2013.[7][8] Paying tribute to Toyoda, David Cole, former chairman of the Center for Automotive Research, said "He was a real visionary and inspirational leader who understood what it would take to make Toyota
Toyota
a successful company."[9] Leslie Kendall, curator of the Petersen Automotive Museum, described Toyoda as the Japanese equivalent of Henry Ford.[9] Honours[edit] Japanese[edit]

April 1971 – Medal of Honor with Blue Ribbon[10] November 1983 – Grand Cordon of the Order of the Sacred Treasure[10] November 1990 – Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun[10]

Non-Japanese[edit]

March 1985 – Commander of the Order of Prince Henry
Order of Prince Henry
of Portugal (ComIH)[10] December 1990 – Knight Commander of the Order of the White Elephant of Thailand[10] April 1991 – Grand Officer of the Order of the Crown of Belgium[10] April 1992 – Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Crown of Thailand[10] September 1993 – Honorary Companion of the Order of Australia (AC)[10] 1994 – Automotive Hall of Fame, USA[10] May 2001 – Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Direkgunabhorn
Order of the Direkgunabhorn
of Thailand[10]

Family tree[edit] Born into a family of textile manufacturers, Eiji Toyoda is the son of Heikichi Toyoda, the brother of Toyoda Loom Works
Toyoda Loom Works
founder Sakichi Toyoda.[3] The descendants of Sakichi Toyoda
Sakichi Toyoda
have long dominated the upper management of Toyota
Toyota
Motors, which was incorporated in 1937. Eiji Toyoda died in September 2013. With his wife, Kazuko (died 2002), he had three sons (Kanshiro, Tetsuro and Shuhei) and many grandchildren.[11]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sasuke

 

Heikichi

 

 

 

 

 

Asako

 

Sakichi

 

Tami

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kazuko

 

Eiji

 

 

 

Rizaburo

 

Aiko

 

Kiichiro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kanshiro

 

Tetsuro

 

Shuhei

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tatsuro

 

Shoichiro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Akio

See also[edit]

Kiichiro Toyoda Sakichi Toyoda Shoichiro Toyoda Taiichi Ohno

Footnotes[edit]

^ Inoue, Kae; Anna Mukai; Yuki Hagiwara (2013-09-16). "Eiji Toyoda, Who Turned Toyota
Toyota
Into Export Giant, Dies at 100". Bloomberg News. Retrieved 2013-09-16.  ^ "中日新聞:豊田英二氏死去 トヨタ最高顧問 100歳:社会(CHUNICHI Web)" [Eiji Toyoda, Toyota's top advisor, dies at 100 years old]. Chunichi.co.jp (in Japanese). 2013-09-17. Archived from the original on 2013-09-17. Retrieved 2013-09-17.  ^ a b c d Toyoda, Eiji (1987). (1987). " Toyota
Toyota
- Fifty Years in Motion. Tokyo: Kodansha International. ISBN 0-87011-823-4.  ^ a b c d e f Dawson, Chester (2004). Lexus: The Relentless Pursuit. Singapore: John Wiley & Sons (Asia) Pte Ltd. ISBN 0-470-82110-8.  ^ a b c d e Dawson, Chester (2004-05-24). "Kiichiro And Eiji Toyoda: Blazing The Toyota
Toyota
Way". Business Week. Archived from the original on 2010-01-24. Retrieved 2010-01-31.  ^ Miyazaki, Tomomi (2013-09-17). 車社会創った先駆者 豊田英二さん死去 [Death of people's auto pioneer Mr. Toyoda Eiji]. Asahi Shimbun (in Japanese). Retrieved 2013-09-21.  ^ a b Kubota, Yoko (2013-09-17). "Eiji Toyoda, who helped steer Toyota's rise, dies at 100". Reuters. Retrieved 2013-09-18.  ^ Hirsch, Jerry (2013-09-17). "Eiji Toyoda, car family scion who developed Corolla and Lexus, dies". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-09-18.  ^ a b Hirsch, Jerry (17 September 2013). " Eiji Toyoda dies at 100; helped family's firm change auto industry". LA Times. Retrieved 18 September 2013.  ^ a b c d e f g h i j " Toyota
Toyota
Chairmen; honours and decorations" (Press release). Toyota. 2012-06-30. Retrieved 2013-09-18.  ^ Tabuchi, Hiroko (17 September 2013). "Eiji Toyoda, Promoter of the Toyota
Toyota
Way and Engineer of Its Growth, Dies at 100". The New York Times. Retrieved 20 September 2013. 

External links[edit]

"Sự nghiệp của Eiji Toyada" [The career of Eiji Toyada]. Blog kỹ năng (Skills Blog) (in Vietnamese). 2010-10-03. Archived from the original on 2013-11-02. Retrieved 2013-09-18. 

Business positions

Preceded by Fukio Nakagawa President
President
of Toyota 1967-1981 Succeeded by Shoichiro Toyoda

Preceded by Chairman
Chairman
of Toyota 1981-1994 Succeeded by Shoichiro Toyoda

Authority control

WorldCat Identities VIAF: 23593430 LCCN: n85291717 ISNI: 0000 0001 1608 020X GND: 143762532 SUDOC: 109974174 N

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