Toyota President and CEO Akio Toyoda has been selected as the "World Car Person of the Year 2021". This prestigious award presented to Toyoda was presented by the World Automobile Awards jury, which included more than 90 distinguished international journalists.
Toyota President and CEO Akio Toyoda has been selected as the “World Car of the Year 2021”. This prestigious award presented to Toyoda was presented by the World Automobile Awards jury, which included more than 90 distinguished international journalists. The World Automobile Awards announced its announcement, “Toyota's charismatic President and CEO Akio Toyoda has successfully restructured the company. While at the helm of the company in 2020, Toyota managed to be profitable despite Covid-19 while maintaining its workforce globally. At the same time, it was stated that Akio Toyoda, which is said to have helped Toyota to maintain its steady pace in the development of connected, autonomous, shared and electric vehicles, was also said to lead the construction of the exciting Woven City, the real-life prototype of the future. In addition to all these, it was also underlined that Toyoda took an active part in motor sports as a racer.
President Toyoda made the following statement for the World Automobile Awards; “On behalf of 360 Toyota team members around the world, I thank you for this great honor. If you don't mind, I'd like to change this award from Person of the Year to Car of the Year 'People'. Because this success is the joint effort of all our global employees, dealers and suppliers. " Thanking that his contributions to the entire automotive industry were recognized, Toyoda continued his words as follows; “At Toyota, we are very fortunate to be able to maintain the employment of our employees during the pandemic and to continue our efforts to overcome future challenges. As a company, we are committed to creating new ways to support the better of our world and people. This pandemic has been a difficult period in world history. But he also reminded that the most important thing is people. As Toyota, adding happiness to their lives will be part of my never-ending goal. "
Akio Toyoda graduated from Keio University with a law degree and then joined Toyota in 1984, graduating with a master's degree in business from Babson College in the USA. After working in many different fields in Japan and overseas, he joined Toyota's board of directors in 2000. He subsequently held roles as senior executive and vice president before becoming President of Toyota in 2009.
The World Car Person of the Year award was created in 2018 to recognize a person who made significant contributions to the global automotive industry in the previous year. This is one of six awards presented annually by the World Car Awards program established in 2003.