Kiichiro Toyoda was a Japanese entrepreneur, known as the son of Toyoda Loom Works founder Sakichi Toyoda. His decision to branch Toyoda Loom Works into automobiles was considered as a risky business at the time and eventually gain success when it became Toyota Motor Corporation, the world's largest automobile manufacturer.
When he was young, he attended the University of Tokyo to study engineering before traveling to England, where worked at Platt Brothers and Company, a leading manufacturer of textile machinery. After coming to the United States to study American manufacturing techniques, he returned to Japan and worked for his father's loom-making business, Toyoda Industries Corporation, where he began his research into automotives by dismantling and reassembling an imported motorcycle, and briefly considered the feasibility of a charcoal-powered engine.
His parents are Sakichi Toyoda and Tami Sahara. He has a son named Shoichiro Toyoda (born February 17, 1925).