The Toyota Crown is a line of premium medium to full-size luxury sedans by Toyota primarily aimed at the Japanese market and sold in other select Asian markets.
Introduced in 1955, it has served as the mainstream sedan from Toyota in the Japanese market throughout its existence and holds the distinction of being the longest running passenger-car nameplate affixed to any Toyota model, along with being the first Toyota vehicle to be exported to the United States in 1958. Its traditional competitors in Japan and Asia have been the Nissan Cedric/Gloria/Fuga and the Honda Legend, along with the defunct Mazda 929 and Mitsubishi Debonair.
Available at Toyota Store dealers in Japan, the Crown has been popular for government usage, whether as a police car or for transporting government officials. It has also been popular with Japanese companies as company cars along with use as a taxicab. While a base Crown was available for many years aimed at the taxicab market, the increasing opulence and price of the Crown line led to the creation of the Toyota Comfort in 1995 as a more affordable alternative. In some markets, the Toyota Cressida replaced the Crown as it became larger and more expensive.
The Crown's history and reputation has given it prominence in the Toyota lineup, as it is one of the few current Toyota models to carry its own unique insignia for the model line with the current Crown having a stylized crown emblem on the grille and steering wheel along with inspiring the names of its smaller progenitors. The Corona, introduced as a smaller companion to the Crown means "crown" in Latin and was initially exported as the "Tiara," while the Corolla took its name from the regal chaplet. The Camry's name is derived from the Japanese phrase kanmuri (冠, かんむり) meaning "little crown" and the Toyota Scepter took its name from the sceptre, an accessory to a crown.
Read more about Toyota Crown: Export, First (RS Model-S30 Model: 1955 To 1962), Second (S40 Model: 1962 To 1967), Third (S50 Model: 1967 To 1971), Fourth (S60 & S70 Models: 1971 To 1974), Fifth (S80 & S100 Models: 1974-1979), Sixth (S110 Model: 1979 To 1983), Seventh (S120 Model: 1983 To 1987), Eighth (S130 Model: 1987 To 1991) and Facelift (1991-1997), Ninth (S140 Models: 1991 To 1995), Tenth (S150 Model: 1995-1999), Eleventh (S170 Model: 1999 To 2003), Twelfth (S180 Model: 2003 To 2008), Thirteenth (S200 Model: 2008 To 2012), Fourteenth (S210 Model: 2012 To Present)
Famous quotes containing the word crown:
“Mother of heaven, regina of the clouds,
O sceptre of the sun, crown of the moon,
There is not nothing, no, no, never nothing,
Like the clashed edges of two words that kill.”
—Wallace Stevens (18791955)