Sixty years ago this week, Toyota launched the “Crown”, a luxury sedan that would go on to become the company’s longest-running passenger-car nameplate and a significant vehicle in the history of the Japanese automobile industry.
In 1958 the Crown became the first Japanese passenger car to be exported to the United States, and also started Toyota’s passenger car exports to Africa in 1957 and Europe in 1962. Now in its 14th generation, its foremost models are the Crown Royal deluxe saloon and the Crown Athlete sports sedan, both with hybrid powertrain options.
In Japan, Toyota is marking the anniversary with the introduction of limited-time-only sky blue and bright green exterior body colors.
Toyota Crown Milestones
|January 1955||First generation launched|
|April 1957||Exported to Ethiopia, Africa|
|August 1958||Exported to the United States|
|October 1962||Second generation launched|
|December 1963||Exported to Denmark, Europe|
|February 1965||Exported to Canada|
|February 1967||Assembly begins in Australia|
|September 1967||Third generation launched|
|February 1971||Fourth generation launched|
|October 1974||Fifth generation launched|
|September 1979||Sixth generation launched|
|August 1983||Seventh generation launched|
|September 1987||Eighth generation launched|
|October 1991||Ninth generation launched|
|December 1995||10th generation launched|
|October 2001||11th generation launched|
|December 2003||12th generation launched|
|March 2005||Production begins in China|
|February 2008||13th generation launched|
|December 2012||14th generation launched|