Toyota is headquartered in Toyota (Japan) and is, according to the Forbes Global 2000 list Global 2000 list, the third-largest publicly traded companies in the world. The Toyota Group Group and its subsidiaries, has a total of 522 320 808 employees (as of 2010) and produced except in the 12 Japanese plants at 51 locations in 26 countries.
The company was founded in 1937 by Kiichiro Toyoda took over, with sales of 8.972 million vehicles in 2008, the status of the world's biggest carmaker to General Motors, but this lost in 2011 due to several recalls and thereby somewhat to lower sales figures back to GM. After the earthquake of March 2011, Toyota was able to recover quickly and was in 2012 with 4.97 million vehicles sold in the first half of world number one again. Toyota is considered the "most valuable automobile brand" in the world (as of 2013).