Five years ago, Grandma’s Marathon weekend underwent a new look, thanks to a familiar face. Toyota, a longtime major sponsor of Grandma’s Marathon events, became a presenting sponsor – making their commitment to the world-class race even more prominent.
As the official vehicle of Grandma’s Marathon, Toyota provides the marathon with the use of numerous courtesy vehicles during race week. On race day, Toyota furnishes the official pace car and additional vehicles to transport media members covering the events.
Toyota’s participation in Grandma’s Marathon is made possible with the help of four Duluth area dealers - Kari Toyota, Kolar Toyota, Iron Trail Toyota and Ashland Toyota. The 2012 Toyota Prius v will be this year’s official pace vehicle.
Toyota currently employs more than 29,000 people throughout the United States. Toyota's total direct investment in the U.S. has now grown to more than $18 billion, and our annual spending on parts, goods and services from hundreds of U.S. suppliers totals more than $24.9 billion.
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (TEMA), headquartered in Erlanger, Kentucky, is responsible for Toyota's engineering design and development, R&D, and manufacturing activities in the U.S., Mexico and Canada.
The company manufactures vehicles and parts in 26 countries and regions around the world and sells them in approximately 170 countries and locations. In 12 manufacturing locations across North America, team members are producing 12 vehicles including the Avalon, Camry, Corolla, Highlander, Matrix, RAV4, Sienna, Sequoia, Tacoma, Tundra, Venza and the Lexus RX 350. The newest plant opened in Blue Springs, Mississippi in November 2011.
At Toyota, they believe an auto company can also be a vehicle for change. That’s why they support programs focused on environment, education and safety initiatives that help strengthen diverse communities across the U.S. – for today and for the future.
Proud to partner with nonprofit organizations in the local communities where they live and work, Toyota has contributed more than $539 million to philanthropic programs in the U.S. since 1991.
Toyota, Moving Forward. For more information, visit www.toyota.com.