Eiji Toyoda, who helped transform Toyota Motor Corp into the world’s largest carmaker, has died in Japan at the age of 100.
A cousin of the automaker’s founder, Toyoda joined the company in 1936 – fresh from his graduation from a mechanical engineering degree. He went on to serve as president from 1967 to 1981, and then served as chairman until 1994.
He remained an honourary adviser at Toyota right up until his death. He died at a hospital set up by the Toyota City-based company in 1938 for its factory workers.