Bizarrely, Toyota’s story began in the Japanese weaving industry in 1918 when Sakichi Toyoda founded the Toyoda Spinning and Weaving Company after inventing the world’s first automated loom.
After selling the sales and production rights for £100,000, Sakichi gave the money to his son, Kiichiro to invest in developing automotive technology. Following that, the company launched its first car, the Model AA, in 1936 then changed its name the following year to the Toyota Motor Company.
Today the popular Japanese brand has a portfolio of small city car hatchbacks, family-sized SUVs and eco-friendly vehicles.
The Prius is part of Toyota’s eco-friendly car portfolio. It comes with a 1.8L 4 cylinder hybrid petrol engine that achieves an impressive of 85mpg, perfect for those looking for fuel efficiency and practicality.
For those looking for a smaller, reliable and fuel efficient car then look no further than the Aygo and Yaris. The Aygo’s 1.0L engine which can achieve 69 MPGcombined and the Yaris’ 1.0-1.5L engine can get 55-61 MPG.