The high-end Toyota Century sedan is manufactured since 1967. The generation change occurred only twice. The third generation model has been recently presented, 21 years after the debut of the outgoing limousine.
The Japanese rival of the Rolls-Royce is produced in limited quantities. In Japan Toyota plans to sell only 50 cars per month.
The Century has a 5.0-liter V8 engine with an optional electric motor under the hood. The total power of the hybrid system, which replaced the previous V12 engine, is 430 hp.
Considering the fact the limousine is fully hand-assembled, it is expected to be priced in a six-figure sum, although specific figures are not still named. By the way, not the Toyota’s logo, but a phoenix bird icon is put on the Century. It is engraved for a month and a half.
The new car is equipped with more modern safety technologies, including the Toyota safety package, which consists of a collision avoidance system, an adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, automatic illumination and road signs recognition.
Engineers worked well on the engine soundproofing and reducing the level of vibration for the new-generation limousine.
The first Century was introduced in 1967. Its name was given to the limousine in honor of the 100th anniversary of the founder of Toyota, Sakichi Toyoda. In 1997, 20 years later, the debut of the sedan took place.
Compared to the outgoing model, the new Century wheelbase is increased by 65 mm to 3,090 mm. The length is 5,335 mm,so, the Japanese limousine is 110 mm longer than the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
Source – Autocar