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The Origin Of The Current Toyota Logo



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Toyota Motor Corporation is a Japanese multinational automotive manufacturer headquartered in Toyota City, Aichi, Japan. As of May 2019, Toyota is the richest automobile company in the world and has a capitalization of $199 billion.

The current Toyota logo was introduced in October of 1989, to commemorate the 50th year of the company.

The development of the current logo took about five years, as it was necessary to develop a suitable logo to integrate with the rising profile of Toyota in foreign countries.

There were two motivating factors in designing the logo: recognition from a distance announcing the “arrival of Toyota”, and a logo with a strong visual impact that stands out from other automobiles.

There are three ovals in the new logo that are combined in a horizontally symmetrical configuration. The two perpendicular ovals inside the larger oval represent the heart of the customer and the heart of the company. They are overlapped to represent a mutually beneficial relationship and trust between each other.

The overlapping of the two perpendicular ovals inside the outer oval symbolizes “T” for Toyota, as well as a steering wheel, representing the vehicle itself. The outer oval symbolizes the world embracing Toyota. Each oval is contoured with different stroke thicknesses, similar to the “brush” art known in Japanese culture.

The space in the background within the logo exhibits the “infinite values” which Toyota conveys to its customers: superb quality, value beyond expectation, joy of driving, innovation, and integrity in safety, the environment and social responsibility.

This newly designed Toyota logo made its debut on their luxury model, Celsior, in October of 1989. Soon after, more models were proudly displaying the new emblem. An unprecedented logo of its time and clearly perceptible from both head on and a rear view mirror, it has quickly became widely recognized as the symbol of “Toyota”.


Emeka is a Contributor at Autojosh. A graduate of Electrical/Electronic Engineering with a B.Eng degree. Emeka is a car enthusiast who is interested in traveling, writing, movies and driving. He also loves drinking garri with cold water.