Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (TMS) is the Toyota sales, marketing, and distribution subsidiary devoted to the U.S. market. Founded in 1957 in California, TMS currently employs more than 6,500 people. Its current headquarters in Torrance, California supervises 14 regional offices.
TMS oversees sales in 49 states of Toyota, Lexus, and Scion products through a network of over 1,200 Toyota dealers (of whom more than 900 also sell Scion vehicles) and over 200 Lexus dealers. TMS develops Toyota's television campaigns and other nationwide marketing materials, and supervises dealer marketing to ensure that dealers present a uniform image. TMS also manages regional distribution, which occurs through 12 parts centers and five vehicle centers. James E. Lentz III is the president of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A.
TMS uses two private distributors in the United States, which were established in 1968. Southeast Toyota Distributors, founded by Jim Moran, and Gulf States Toyota Distributors, founded by Tom Friedkin have exclusive rights to market vehicles and parts in their respective states.
- http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/10/business/10prius.html New York Times: October 10, 2008-