The history of the forklift trucks of this brand dates back to 1955, when the first prototype of the Toyota LA model was released. Toyota forklifts targeted the Japanese domestic market. The first steps to conquer the international market were taken in 1963, when the first model that met international requirements appeared. The Japanese manufacturer has been exporting its forklifts to the Soviet Union since 1970. In 2004, the company introduced a special development of forklifts for the CIS market.
As significant milestones in the production of Toyota forklifts, talking about the popularity of these machines among buyers, we note the following: 1995 was marked by the release of 1 million forklifts, and from 1995 to 2008, a second million copies were produced.
Toyota's current range of forklift trucks is available with diesel, gas, and gas engines. Diesel models have a lifting capacity of 1 to 24 tons, gasoline - from 1 to 6 tons. Gasoline lift trucks can also be equipped with a hybrid gas engine.
The company's electric lift trucks are available on a 3-wheel or 4-wheel base, and their carrying capacity ranges from 1 to 8.5 tons. The manufacturer offers several options for battery capacities - 24, 48 or 80V. Toyota's latest generation of electric forklifts is powered by AC, converted from a DC battery.
Since 2009, Toyota's forklift truck with the GENEO-HYBRID hybrid diesel-electric engine has been manufactured for the Japanese market.
In the lineup there are highly walkable models of forklift trucks designed for use on poorly equipped sites.
Among the main Toyota developments for forklift trucks, the following are distinguished: AC Power System (an alternating current system that allows to increase the operating time of loading equipment), Toyota Active Stability (Toyota SAS, an active stabilization system that automatically controls and controls more than 3000 functions of the loader), VT- Powerdrive (fully integrated drive system based on the principle of contactless technology).
Currently, the largest center for the production of forklifts Toyota remains a factory in Japan. Toyota equipment facilities are also located in France (co-production with Manitou), the USA and China. In 2000, the Japanese bought the Swedish manufacturer VT Industries; on this site, the production of warehouse equipment under the BT brand continues. Toyota Material Handling Group also coordinates the work of Raymond, Cesab and Lift-Rite brands