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Toyota Motor Corporation, Toyota, Japan
Wahei Hirai was born in 1949, and is a native of Nakano Ward, Tokyo. He currently resides in Aichi Prefecture. He graduated from Chiba University’s Faculty of Engineering, Industrial Design Division, in March 1972 and joined Toyota the following month, in April. He worked for Calty Design Research, Inc., in Newport Beach, California from 1976 to 1978. In January 1996, he was appointed general manager of Vehicle Development Center 2, Toyota Design Division No. 2, and in January 2001, was seconded to Toyota Europe Design Development S.A.R.L. (ED2) in Nice, France. In June 2004, he was made a managing officer. (2007)