TMG to Become Toyota’s AMG

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Toyota’s Motorsport GmbH, located in Cologne, Germany, has been in charge of all the Japanese manufacturer’s motorsport initiatives, including F1, WRC and Le Mans. It is run by Yoshiaki Kinoshita, who, according to, recently said that he wants TMG to become Toyota’s AMG - the two are so similar, that if ‘Toyota’ had been called ‘Aoyota’, they would have had a serious naming problem.

Kinoshita stated that “after we stopped Formula One [involvement] we decided several things. One of these things is to to become a [Mercedes] AMG-type company; we are now trying [to make it happen]. How feasible [it will be] I don’t know. But we are in a very good position.”

At the moment, the Cologne-based factory is used by numerous racing teams, as it has state of the art testing equipment, including an F1-spec wind tunnel. If the project gets the green light, all of Toyota’s high performance cars will be developed in Germany, apart from the engines which are and will be Japanese-enegineered and built.
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