All-new hybrid Toyota Century limousine is Japan’s £135,000 answer to the Rolls-Royce

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TOYOTA has released an all-new version of their Century limousine for the first time in 21 years.

And the luxury saloon looks remarkably similar to models from one of Britain’s top marquees.

Toyota has redesigned their top luxury model for the first time in over two-decades

The hand-crafted motor’s exterior draws some likeness to the Rolls-Royce Ghost and Phantom models, especially from a side view.

But the chauffeur-driven Century is impressive enough on its own to stand apart from the famed manufacturer.

Every detail of the car has been shaped by human touch – even down to the hood badge, which takes six weeks to engrave.

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The new model is equipped with a 5.0-litre V8 hybrid electric powertrain, producing 425bhp.

The motor is designed to be chauffeur -driven
It comes with a range of interior finishes

It also comes with a range of impressive safety features, including a pre-collision system, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, automatic lights, and road sign recognition.

And passengers in the back get to enjoy massage seats with an extending leg rest, and an entertainment system with 20 speakers, all control by a touchpad module.

The Century draws some similarities to the Rolls-Royce Ghost
Toyota is expecting to sell 50 of the new models each month

The first Century debuted in 1967, created to mark the 100th birthday of Toyota Group founder, Sakichi Toyoda.

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For more than 50 years, it’s been Japan’s most popular chauffeur-driven luxury car, favoured by the country’s leading industry executives.

Currently only available for purchase in Japan, the motor comes with a hefty price tag.

The base price for the 2018 Century has been set at 19.6million Yen (£135,200) – almost £100,000 less than a Rolls-Royce Ghost.

Toyota is aiming to sell just 50 of the cars each month.


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