Toyota Motor Company was founded by Kiichiro Toyoda in 1937, as a spinoff from his father’s company. This trusted and reliable corporation produces vehicles under five brands, including the Toyota brand, Hino, Lexus, Ranz, and Daihatsu. It also holds a 16.66% stake in Subaru Corporation, a 5.9% stake in Isuzu, a 5.5% stake in Mazda, as well as joint-ventures with two in China (GAC Toyota and Sichuan FAW Toyota Motor), one in India (Toyota Kirloskar), one in the Czech Republic (TPCA), along with several non-automotive companies. Toyota is definitely a brand admired by the 4WD purists.