Toyota's Johan van Zyl has died

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Dr Johan van Zyl, the executive chairperson of Toyota South Africa Motors, has died at the age of 63.

A spokesperson confirmed his death. Fin24 understands that he died of Covid-19 complications, at a Pretoria hospital.

Van Zyl, who was born in Springs in Gauteng in June 1958, had a long career with the auto manufacturer - having started at Toyota South Africa Motors in 1993 as the director of the sales and dealer network, Carmag reported.

 

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Did he Discover Toyota ?

No, but he was the man who made Toyata the global giant they are today. Hence the reason for them appointing him to the position he was in. He was seen as the best in the world by them.
 

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No, but he was the man who made Toyata the global giant they are today. Hence the reason for them appointing him to the position he was in. He was seen as the best in the world by them.
Erm...no. I'd say he made Toyota the dominant brand locally. It was already a global giant when he headed overseas. No?
 

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Erm...no. I'd say he made Toyota the dominant brand locally. It was already a global giant when he headed overseas. No?

He grew them even 10 times bigger into European countries they never have been in and this was only the small start. Also, his contrubution and strategies in reducing CO2 emissions were unmatched globally. You seriously need to go read up on what he did for Toyota and why he was given the position.
 

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He grew them even 10 times bigger into European countries they never have been in and this was only the small start. Also, his contrubution and strategies in reducing CO2 emissions were unmatched globally. You seriously need to go read up on what he did for Toyota and why he was given the position.
Will do.
 

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Erm...no. I'd say he made Toyota the dominant brand locally. It was already a global giant when he headed overseas. No?
Toyota was a big global concern, but this guy was accelerating the brand as if it was skating on greased lightning. Toyota owes pretty much all of their current market share in South Africa, Africa as a whole, and Europe, to him.

The whole thing where every second bakkie you see is a Hilux? That's his influence. He was given control of the dealer network in 1993 and pretty much doubled their size, especially in farming communities. Almost every major farming hub in the country has a Toyota dealership now, and they all do very well in annual sales.

When he became CEO of Toyota SA, he changed the whole company's goal from selling vehicles, to making vehicles for other countries. Toyota SA is still the country's largest exporter of vehicles. Almost all Hilux bakkies sold globally are manufactured here. Van Zyl's influence resulted in the Tazz being rebranded so many times, and it still continued to be the best-selling small hatchback for over a decade.

He was given control of Toyota Africa in 2013. He was CEO of Toyota Europe. Several electric models coming out in the next few years were started with his input, including the upcoming electric Aygo.


The sad thing is that he came back to SA only to die here from COVID.

 
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Toyota was a big global concern, but this guy was accelerating the brand as if it was skating on greased lightning. Toyota owes pretty much all of their current market share in South Africa, Africa as a whole, and Europe, to him.

The whole thing where every second bakkie you see is a Hilux? That's his influence. He was given control of the dealer network in 1993 and pretty much doubled their size, especially in farming communities. Almost every major farming hub in the country has a Toyota dealership now, and they all do very well in annual sales.

When he became CEO of Toyota SA, he changed the whole company's goal from selling vehicles, to making vehicles for other countries. Toyota SA is still the country's largest exporter of vehicles. Almost all Hilux bakkies sold globally are manufactured here. Van Zyl's influence resulted in the Tazz being rebranded so many times, and it still continued to be the best-selling small hatchback for over a decade.

He was given control of Toyota Africa in 2013. He was CEO of Toyota Europe. Several electric models coming out in the next few years were started with his input, including the upcoming electric Aygo.


The sad thing is that he came back to SA only to die here from COVID.


He was a legend, without a doubt. One of only a few that ever came from SA. He was undoubtedly one of the world's best business leaders, if not the best.
 

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Toyota was a big global concern, but this guy was accelerating the brand as if it was skating on greased lightning. Toyota owes pretty much all of their current market share in South Africa, Africa as a whole, and Europe, to him.

The whole thing where every second bakkie you see is a Hilux? That's his influence. He was given control of the dealer network in 1993 and pretty much doubled their size, especially in farming communities. Almost every major farming hub in the country has a Toyota dealership now, and they all do very well in annual sales.

When he became CEO of Toyota SA, he changed the whole company's goal from selling vehicles, to making vehicles for other countries. Toyota SA is still the country's largest exporter of vehicles. Almost all Hilux bakkies sold globally are manufactured here. Van Zyl's influence resulted in the Tazz being rebranded so many times, and it still continued to be the best-selling small hatchback for over a decade.

He was given control of Toyota Africa in 2013. He was CEO of Toyota Europe. Several electric models coming out in the next few years were started with his input, including the upcoming electric Aygo.


The sad thing is that he came back to SA only to die here from COVID.

Toyota is not the biggest exporters

 

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Toyota did reduce some of their activities locally in SA the past 10 years, for obvious reasons.
I would be very interested to see your sources detailing Toyota's reduction in activities for the past ten years. Because from the little I gathered from following them and other local manufacturers over the years, expansion has always been the spirit, Toyota did expand their local plant over the years to produce even more vehicles.
 

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I sent him 2 emails after my wife's new Tazz was booked in numerous times without the problem being resolved. After the second mail, all hell broke loose and suddenly their top specialists took control. A few days later the issue was fixed and she happy drove the car for the next 13 years.

May he rest in peace
 
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