Toyota Technical Center, a division of Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America, recently announced that it is planning to celebrate 35 years of providing engineering and detailed information on vehicles.

The technical center will celebrate its 35th anniversary with team members and executives at locations in Michigan, Arizona and California.

The Toyota division has been one of the most significant aspects of the company's engineering and research & development activities since the segment of the automaker was implemented in 1977. Since then, TTC has been the driving force behind the Avalon, Sienna, Tundra, Tacoma, Venza and RAV4 EV.

The latest vehicles to come through the research & development division were the 2013 Avalon and 2012 RAV4 Electric Vehicle.

"Over the past 35 years, our outstanding workforce has dedicated itself to engineering quality vehicles right here in the North America," said TTC President Seiya Nakao.  "Toyota is committed to leading the way to the future of mobility and enriching lives around the world with the safest and most responsive ways of moving people.  Building on 35 years of experience, we look forward to creating great Toyota products for our American Customers."

In 2011, TTV incorporated the Collaborative Safety Research Center to assist in its advanced research activities, committing $50 million toward safety related research and partnering with 16 universities and research institutions on 26 projects to help advance auto safety research across the automotive industry.

"I am very proud of the Team Members at all of our locations," said TTC Vice President Ed Mantey. "In the Toyota spirit of giving back to our communities, the TTC Team Members demonstrate their commitment and are recognized by many citizens and community leaders throughout the year."

TTC team members have selected ten non profit organizations in their communities and Toyota donated $35,000 to these agencies in addition to donating a total of $12,500 to the six fire departments that serve their communities.

While the TTC is celebrating 35 years of success, a Toyota plant in Mississippi is celebrating its first anniversary and recently revealed its performance numbers in the first year of operations. Close to 600 cars are assembled on a daily basis at Toyota Mississippi by 2,000 workers that have become familiar with their jobs, leading them to learn the process of manufacturing cars more efficiently.