Central Motor Co., Ltd. (jap. セントラル自動車株式会社, Sentoraru jidōsha kabushiki-gaisha, engl. Central Motor Co., Ltd.) is a Japanese manufacturer of cars within the Toyota Group. It was founded on 4 September 1950 by Ryuichi Tomiya. Today the company operates with five plants, all located in Japan. It is one of the biggest export vehicle manufacturers of the concern.
On 1 July 2012, three Toyota subcontractors Central Motors, Toyota Motors Tohoku, and Kanto Auto Works combined into one company, with all manufacturing facilities and assets of the three former companies to now be known as Toyota Motor East Japan, Inc. Due to the merger of the three former companies, the corporate headquarters has been established at the previously known company Central Motors, located in Ohira (Miyagi). There are just over 1,500 employees at the Central Motors location.
The new plant was built as the successor of the Toyota plant Kamata (トヨタ自動車蒲田工場, Toyota Jidosha Kamata kojo) and received logistical reasons, a strategically chosen branch. These were, firstly the obvious Ohira IC of Tohoku Expressway, the quick and easy transportation in the northern and southern prefectures enabled. In addition, however, was also Tomiya-road is an important reason for the choice. This provides a direct connection to the port city of Sendai, from which many of the vehicles on the Vostochny port and subsequent transport to the Trans-Siberian Railway is exported to Europe. These events led to the choice of the location in the industrial area of the district Kurokawa, north of the city of Sendai. With the previous work, the work ceased in 1953, this could be taken from the Jidosha Central until 1956.
Currently, Central Motor operates the following works:The plant in Miyagi -gun, Kurokawa, Miyagi Prefecture, Honshu (built in 1950 to 1956, made over in late 2010)
The work of Miyashita in Mikasa, sub-prefecture, Sorachi, Hokkaidō (built 1986)
The plant in Nakatsu Nakatsu, Oita Prefecture, Kyushu (built 1999)
The main work in Otaru, sub-prefecture Shiribeshi, Hokkaido (built 1976)
Central Motors mainly manufactures vehicles meant for export to Europe or North America. However, special vehicles such as police and fire department vehicles and also campers are produced by Central Jidosha. Another product of the company are CKD kits of the Toyota Tundra.