Toyota Motor Corporation

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Toyota Motors

On January 20, 2020, Minnesota SBI listed Toyota Motor as a scrutinized investment. The managers are explicitly instructed to refrain from purchasing securities on this list

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According to its Annual Report filed with the SEC for fiscal year 2018: Toyota Kirloskar Motor Private Limited, a majority-owned subsidiary of Toyota, sold one Toyota vehicle to the Iranian embassy in India. 

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"The world's largest carmaker selling a single vehicle to a country of 82 million people is not usually a recipe for controversy. But that's what Toyota is facing after it issued an apology and revealed on October 24 that the Japanese car manufacturer's Indian subsidiary, Toyota Kirloskar Motor Private, sold one vehicle to the Iranian Embassy in New Delhi in early 2017. (October 25, 2017)

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According to its Annual Report filed with the SEC for fiscal year 2015: "During the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015:      

  • Toyota Tourist International, Inc., a majority-owned subsidiary of Toyota, obtained three visas from the Iranian embassy in Japan in connection with certain travel arrangements.
  • Tokyo Toyota Motor Co., Ltd., a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary of Toyota, performed maintenance services for Toyota vehicles owned by the Iranian embassy in Japan.

Altogether, the above activities contributed an insignificant amount in gross revenues and net profit to Toyota. Toyota believes that none of the above transactions subject it or its affiliates to U.S. sanctions. Toyota Tourist International intends to cease conducting the activities described above. Tokyo Toyota Motor may, if requested by the Iranian embassy in Japan, continue to perform maintenance services relating to vehicles owned by such embassy, in accordance with applicable laws and regulations, in order to honor Toyota’s commitment to the safety and reliability of its vehicles."

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According to its Annual Report filed with the SEC for fiscal year 2014: "During the fiscal year ended March 31, 2014:

  • Toyota Tourist International, Inc., a majority-owned subsidiary of Toyota, obtained eight visas from the Iranian embassy in Japan in connection with certain travel arrangements.
  • Tokyo Toyota Motor Co., Ltd., a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary of Toyota, performed maintenance services for Toyota vehicles owned by the Iranian embassy in Japan.

Altogether, the above activities contributed an insignificant amount in gross revenues and net profit to Toyota. Toyota believes that none of the above transactions subject it or its affiliates to U.S. sanctions. Toyota Tourist International intends to cease conducting the activities described above. Tokyo Toyota Motor may, if requested by the Iranian embassy in Japan, continue to perform maintenance services relating to vehicles owned by such embassy, in accordance with applicable laws and regulations, in order to honor Toyota’s commitment to the safety and reliability of its vehicles."

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"[T]he auto sanctions were lifted earlier this year after an interim nuclear agreement was reached between Iran and world powers and a final accord is still on the horizon, raising the prospect of better times for the industry. That will draw international suitors to Tehran on Monday for the second consecutive Iran Auto Show. Mercedes Benz, Volkswagen, Renault, Peugeot, Kia and Toyota have confirmed [they will attend]." (Agence France-Presse, "Foreign automakers find Iranian market has gone local," 11/30/14)

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"Iran totally imported 51,967 cars in the first half of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21 - September 22). Hyundai with 24,991 cars was the main exporter of cars to Iran in the mentioned period, Peykhabar News Website reported on Nov. 15. Kia Motors with 9,339 cars, Geely with 5,783 cars, Toyota with 4,528 cars..."(Trend, "Korea’s Hyundai gains lion share of Iran’s car imports market," 11/16/14)

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"Last week, Qorbani announced that Benz, Volkswagen, Volvo, Fiat, Rover, Skoda, Renault, Peugeot, Kia and Toyota would take part in the Iranian auto expo, adding that the US car-manufacturers would also join the event. 'In case of desirable conditions, General Motors and Ford companies will also attend the event.' He continued that some leading car parts makers, including Siemens, FORD Mendo, Busch, FRW and ACI would attend the gathering. The event will start work on December 10." (Fars News, "55 Giant Int'l Carmakers, Part-Makers to Participate in Iranian Auto Expo," 11/2/14)

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"Indonesian ambassador to Tehran Dian Wirengjurit announced that his country plans to help Iran to set up assembly-line of Toyota cars in Aras Free Zone in the Northwestern parts of the country. 'Negotiations with the head of the Indonesian plant of Toyota Company have been held and he has agreed with launching assembly-line of Toyota cars in Aras Free Zone,' the Indonesian ambassador said in a meeting with Managing Director of Aras Free Zone Mohsen Khadem on Wednesday. The Indonesian ambassador pointed to the production of 1.5 million cars in Iran, and said, 'This is a valuable time to import raw materials and tires to Iran with no third party involved.'" (Fars News, "Envoy: Indonesia Agrees with Setting Up Assembly-Line of Toyota Cars in Iran," 8/20/2014)

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"According to the report, 17 car brands have been permitted to be imported in the current year. The cars include Hyundai (2 models), ABT, Alfa Romeo (2 models), MG, SsangYong, Toyota, Renault (6 models), and Kia (2 models)." (Azer News, "Iran bans imports of renowned car brands," 5/27/2013) 

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According to its Annual Report filed with the SEC for fiscal year 2013: "During the fiscal year ended March 31, 2013:

  • P.T. Toyota-Astra Motor (“TAM”), an Indonesian company, sold three Toyota vehicles to the Iranian embassy in Indonesia. P.T. Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indonesia, an Indonesian company and subsidiary of Toyota, manufactured and sold the vehicles to TAM. TAM is the sole distributor of Toyota vehicles in Indonesia. As of March 31, 2013, Toyota held 49 percent of the shares of common stock of TAM, and PT Astra International Tbk, an Indonesian company, held the remaining 51 percent of the shares of common stock of TAM.
  • Tokyo Toyota Motor Co., Ltd., a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary of Toyota, performed maintenance services for Toyota vehicles owned by the Iranian embassy in Japan.     
  • Toyota Tourist International, Inc., a majority-owned subsidiary of Toyota, obtained two visas from the Iranian embassy in Japan in connection with certain travel arrangements."

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"Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) said on Wednesday it had suspended auto exports to Iran indefinitely since June, amid growing international scrutiny of companies dealing with the country." (Reuters, "Toyota says halted exports to Iran since June," 8/11/2010)

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"Sales of Toyota vehicles in Iran are handled by an independent Iranian company, and over the last five years, Toyota’s sales there represented less than a 1 percent share of the Iranian market, said a company spokesperson, Mira Sleilati." Toyota was the recipient of $154.4 million in US funds and revenues to conduct business in Iran.  Their business activities in Iran are active.  (The New York Times, "Profiting from Iran, and the U.S.", 3/6/2010)

 

Response: "Toyota has not initiated the export of motor vehicles to…Iran…does not have any plans to do so, and has not entered into any agreements to do so." (August 5, 2016).