Reports of Toyota vehicles in use in conflict zones

Toyota abides by the laws and regulations of each country or region where we operate.

Toyota has a strict policy and due diligence in place to not sell vehicles to a potential purchaser who may modify such vehicles for military use without our knowledge and consent. We have an internal executive committee at headquarters in Japan to check the intended use of vehicles and the potential purchaser before the transactions.

Q1: Why do we often see media reports with Toyota vehicles (such as Hilux, Land Cruiser 70) pictured in use by armed groups? Does Toyota consent to such use?
A: Toyota does not consent to its vehicles being used as shown in such media reports. We can only assume that these vehicles come from back channels and are exchanged among individuals. Such unofficial dealings, particularly in used vehicles, are very difficult for an automaker to follow.

Q2: Can’t Toyota control sales of its vehicles to prevent such use?
A: We do not want our vehicles to be used for military purposes without our knowledge and consent, and such use troubles us greatly.

As a matter of policy, Toyota checks the intended use of our vehicles and the potential purchasers before selling in certain situations. (Of course, we abide by the laws and regulations of each country or region we operate in.)

Q3: Does Toyota sell vehicles (such as Hilux, Land Cruiser 70) to countries such as Syria, Libya and Iraq?
A: With limited exceptions for international humanitarian and other organizations, we do not sell vehicles to Syria.

Consistent with applicable laws, we do sell vehicles in Libya and Iraq after checking the intended use of vehicles and the potential purchaser before the transaction. Toyota has a strict policy and due diligence in place to not sell vehicles to a potential purchaser who may modify such vehicles for military use without our knowledge and consent, and has an internal executive committee at headquarters in Japan to check the intended use of vehicles and the potential purchaser before the transaction.

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