Toyota Crown 60th Anniversary Comes in Bright Green and Blue

Don’t know about you, but I am genuinely jealous on what cars Japan gets to drive. Limited edition Toyota Mark X GRMN? They got it... The retro styled Suzuki Alto which is perfectly acceptable for city use? Nope, kei car for Asia not for us. Mirai fuel cell? They got it first and there’s also the Toyota Crown, which now celebrates its 60th anniversary and gets a limited edition, of course.
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If you ask me, Toyota’s coolest sedan now is the Crown Athlete. It’s big, has nice shapes, an interesting front fascia, quality interior, can be had with a hybrid powertrain and even a 4.6-liter V8 if you need the grunt.

And because the model gets to blow the candles this year, clients can now order theirs in one of the two new limited exterior colors - Sky Blue and Bright Green, two shades that appeared frequently in some of Japan’s Crown commercials.

Toyota will take orders for cars wearing one of the two head-turning colors between 1st - 30th of April. The model will also come with a piano black grille, black multi spoke rims and white pleather interior.

The special edition Crown Athlete will be available in both two- and all-wheel drive configurations. There’s no price for it at the moment, with more details following to be released before Toyota starts to accept orders.

A bit of history

Sixty years ago, Toyota launched the Crown, their own luxury sedan that would go on and become the company’s longest-running passenger car nameplate as well as a significant model in the history of the Japanese automobile industry.

In 1958, the Crown managed to become the first Japanese car to be exported to the US and the first Toyota model to be sold in Africa starting 1957. In Europe, the model landed in 1962, but now, after 14 generations, the Crown was limited only for the Asian market, leaving the Corolla, it’s little sister, to conquer the other regions.

The 14th generation debuted in 2012, coming with a new Royal series front styling theme to pay homage to the 5th generation MS105 series, as well as mechanical improvements, a more luxurious interior and an advanced infotainment system that handles most of the car’s function, eliminating most of the physical buttons.
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