I was in Southeast Asia recently and noticed a load of middling Toyotas that I had never heard of before, let alone seen. Vellfires, Sientas, Innovas. All different - yet in some ways similar - to what we get back home in Australia.
This got me thinking:
And so I went down a Toyota rabbit hole, visiting many, many, many international dealership websites, countless Wikipedia articles and loads of news sites.
From this I learnt that Toyota currently sells 54 different models of vehicle worldwide. And this doesn't include different nameplates based off the same model (EG: I've grouped the sporty Vellfire with its more stately sibling the Alphard as they're fundamentally different trim levels of the same car) or Lexus models.
A rebadged Daihatsu Ayla - a small, economic city car. Sold in many markets, including South America and South East Asia.
A mid-sized minivan sold in the Middle East and Asian markets. The Vellfire is the sporty option.
A hybrid hatchback similar to the Prius, sold primarily in Japan, though sold in some markets as the Prius c.
A full-sized, flagship family sedan sold in North American and Asian markets.
An entry-level MPV built for and sold in Southeast Asian markets. The spiritual successor to the Indonesian Kijang.
A small (European A Segment), city car sold in the European market. Citroen and Peugeot also sold rebadged versions.
A small crossover intended to replace the Aygo in the European market.
A new fully electric small SUV, mainly sold in North America.
A very small, futuristic, fully electric kei car sold only in Japan.
A small, sub-compact SUV sold in Japan, Southeast Asia, Europe, North America and Australia.
Arguably one of the most well known Toyotas, a mid-sized sedan sold in Australia, North America, China and Europe.
The car of prime ministers, emperors and tycoons. A luxury, V8-hybrid limousine sold in the Japanese market.
Toyota's largest vehicle - a minibus, sold in almost all global markets.
A rebadged Daihatsu Copen, sporty 2-door convertible kei car modified by Toyota's Gazoo Racing division.
The best-selling model in the world and currently in its 12th generation. The compact car has been sold in almost every continent except Africa (and Antarctica, for the pedants).
A compact cross-over, borrowing the Corrola nameplate. Sold across Asia, North America, Europe, Africa, Oceania and in Brazil.
A mid-sized luxury car sold primarily in Japan.
An economic subcompact car intended for emerging markets but currently only produced in Brazil.
Toyota's retro-styled SUV has wrapped up production, but as of 2022 is still for sale new in South Africa.
A mid-sized SUV intended for emerging markets in Southeast Asia, Brazil and South Africa.
A rebadged Suzuki Baleno sold as a Toyota in India and some African markets.
Developed with Subaru, the affordable, 4 cylinder boxer-engined powered 2+2 coupe has a large global following.
A mid-sized SUV sold in Asia and North America.
A light commercial van that also spawned luxurious passenger models, taxis and ambulances. Sold in Australia, Southeast Asia and Mexico.
A mid-sized crossover sold in Australia, Japan, China and North America.
Toyota's indestructible pickup/ute. It is sold in most markets except North America and Europe.
A small MPV sold mostly in South-East Asia and the Middle East.
Toyota's more family-oriented 4x4 is sold primarily in the Middle East and Australia.
The rugged, utilitarian and slab-sided Land Cruiser 70 is still being sold globally, except for some countries like the US, Mexico, Brazil and Korea.
A light commercial vehicle offered as a van or small truck. Currently, a rebadged Daihatsu Gran Max. Sold in Japan, Taiwan and the Philippines.
The Mirai is a futuristic mid-sized, luxury sedan powered by hydrogen. It is currently for sale in Canada, the USA, Japan and Europe.
A minivan sold mostly in Asia. The Voxy is the sporty version, Esquire is the luxury oriented option.
A rebadged Daihatsu Boon compact car sold in Japan.
Another rebadged Daihatsu, this time a Mira kei car. Sold in Japan.
Another of the Pixis rebadged range, this time a Daihatsu Cast with styling similar to the New Mini. Sold only in Japan.
Yet another Pixis, yet another Daihatsu kei car. This time a Hijet. Available as truck and van variants, obviously.
The most famous - and first mass-produced - hybrid car in the world, the economic Prius is available globally.
A bit strange for Toyota, the ProAce is actually a Citroën Jumpy, a light commercial van.
Another Citroën, this time a Berlingo small commercial van.
Actually Daihatsu Rocky sub-compact SUV, the rebadged Toyota version is sold in Southeast Asia and Mexico.
The popular 'Recreational Active Vehicle with 4-wheel-drive' small SUV is sold in most markets, except the Middle East.
A very small MPV and rebadged Daihatsu Thor only available in Japan.
An Indian made, rebadged Suzuki Ertiga MPV sold in Africa.
A Daihatsu Terios min SUV sold in Southeast Asia, the UAE, Colombia, Jamaica, South Africa and Pakistan.
The huge "full-sized" SUV (the clue is in the name - redwood trees belonging to the sequoia family) was developed for, and is sold only in, the US and Canada markets.
Another small sliding-door MPV sold in Japan and Southeast Asia.
Toyota's halo car is back with a (controversial) BMW power plant. Sold in North America, Australia, Japan and Southeast Asia.
A mid-sized pick-up truck, US designed and made again for the North American markets but also available in The Caribbean.
A large pick-up truck designed to compete with the US Ram and Silverado. Similar to the Sequoia, only available in North America.
A rebadged Suzuki Grand Vitara compact SUV built and sold in India.
A small, sub-compact developed with, you guessed it, Daihatsu. Available in China, Taiwan, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Mexico, Peru, and Costa Rica.
A popular sub-compact 'super-mini' available in Japan, Oceania and Europe.
A subcompact crossover SUV sold in, like its little brother, Japan, Oceania and Europe.
A rugged, mid-sized SUV currently only sold in the USA.
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