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The SA was Toyota’s first new car design (as opposed to updating the AA ) World War II. It was the first in a family of before the introduction of the Crown. A of light trucks also the chassis and major components of passenger cars.

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The SA was Toyota’s first true war design. It differed from all Toyota cars by having a engine (previously a 6-cylinder was 4-wheel independent suspension using rigid axles leaf springs ) and a smaller, influenced aerodynamic body. The was driven by Kiichiro Toyoda the wisdom of his father’s (Sakichi ) words, Stay ahead of the [ 2 ] but most of the design work was by Dr Kazuo Kumabe. [ 3 ]

The body was aerodynamic in a style to the Volkswagen Beetle. Only a two sedan was made, making it for the taxi market. The doors hinged at the rear (often suicide doors ). The front was a single pane of flat with a single wiper above the driver. Only hand drive was offered.

engineers (including Dr Kumabe) had Germany before World War II and had the 16-cylinder Auto Union car (independent suspension) and Porsche and designs (independent suspension, bodies, backbone chassis, air-cooled engines, economical cost). [ 4 ] Many Japanese had ties with Germany the war years but most partnered British or American companies the war and thus used technologies used in Britain or America. But did not partner with a foreign so it was free to use German designs. features of the prototype Beetle subsequently put into the SA, although the rear-mounted air-cooled engine was not used. Later on, Toyota the economic principles exemplified by the when designing the Publica and the .

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Although permission to begin production of passenger cars in was not granted until 1949, numbers of cars were to be built from 1947, and the SA was one such car. [ 4 ] [ 5 ] [ 6 ] Design started at the end of 1945 when the GHQ let it be that authorised commercial of vehicles for the general public be commencing soon. This was introduced in January 1947, a prototype (which had been development for more than a being completed at that [ 2 ]

Production occurred from 1947 through May 1952 with the 1949-introduced SD), a total of only 215 being [ 7 ] The first car to be produced by Toyota in the period was the AC, which had first produced in 1943-1944. Fifty built for government and military use in and three more were in 1948. Since only 54 were built by Toyota in this leaves four SA production cars to be built at the end of year, not counting the prototype.

Eighteen SA cars were in 1948, and from 1949 to 193 more were built. No exists between models 1948; only yearly grand totals are extant.

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This model the Type S straight-4 water-cooled conventionally mounted in the front of the car and through the rear wheels. Two grills at the front allowed air for the radiator. Transmission was by a 3-speed gearbox and a Hotchkiss drive [ 4 ] Toyotas used a torque ) to a rear-mounted differential. The final gear ratio was 7.17:1 .

More unconventional was the use of a backbone and four-wheel independent suspension. suspension (short upper long lower arm) coils was used at the front and axle suspension with arms. Panhard rods and a semi-elliptical leaf spring was at the rear.

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