Being born and raised in Detroit, cars have always held a special place in my heart. More than 38 years ago I began my career in automobile manufacturing as a production team member in Detroit. After decades of holding many manufacturing and engineering positions, my career took a pleasant turn. After serving as Vice President of Manufacturing for a Toyota joint venture in Fremont, California, I finally joined the Toyota team as Executive Vice President of Manufacturing at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky (TMMK). Continue Reading
For more than 35 years, the Toyota Technical Center (TTC) has been an important driving force behind Toyota’s North American Engineering and Research and Development activities, overseeing the design and development of some of America’s most popular vehicles. TTC has several R&D facilities located in Michigan, California and Arizona, employing over 1,100 team members. TTC is engaged in the research, design, development and evaluation of automobiles and their parts and components. TTC -Michigan also houses the Toyota Research Institute of North America, and the Collaborative Safety Research Center. Both centers actively collaborate with North America’s top research institutions in the areas of materials, electronics, future mobility and safety.
My name is Ed Mantey, and I am a Vice President of TTC’s Corporate Strategy, Product Development and Technical Administration divisions. I oversee a variety of activities focused on the planning and execution of NA R&D priorities.
It all started with a showroom in Hollywood, California more than 50 years ago when Toyota launched a sturdy sedan called the Toyopet Crown – a vehicle that had been very popular in Japan. The car had some remarkable features for its day, including a fuel-efficient engine that got 33 miles per gallon. But it was viewed as underpowered compared to big V-8 engine American cars of the time and only 287 Toyopets were sold after one year. The Toyopet taught our company an important lesson about the U.S. market that we’ve never forgotten – always put the customer first and focus on designing and building vehicles that meet their needs.
Now more than 50 years later, together with our dealers and suppliers, Toyota employs nearly 200,000 Americans across 10 plants and more than 1,500 dealerships who give back to local communities across the nation. None of this would be possible without our dedicated customers and for that we are very grateful. The same is true of associates and team members. So who better to tell the Toyota story than them? Continue Reading