While it’s a popular sentiment, we can’t agree that timing is everything if you don’t also have the ball, team or limbs. Being in the right spot with perfect timing means little if you don’t also have the skills necessary for your goal to be successful.
Toyota’s re-launch of the Crown sedan is generating lots of buzz because it is the first time it has been in the US in 50 years and it is just in time to watch the Toyota Avalon fade away.
The car that comes out at the same time as the last Avalon will be able to compete despite being a four-door.
However, almost like we were winding up to make a point, we can’t help but think this is hardly Toyota’s biggest concern.
Toyota hasn’t made a single model where the powertrain is unlike anything else on the road. They’ve handled hybridization in a way that makes them completely familiar with their customers, instead of persisting one idea, or one problem.
In addition, they’ve created builds across the board and haven’t limited buyers to certain colours when it comes to the Platinum trim.
With the strange length of its engine, the Crown Platinum is really a hybrid with four 400+ horsepower motors. The rear axle receives electric power only when needed thanks to an advanced system.
All up, this Crown Platinum – or should that be Platinum Crown? – will have enough power to double-check your reading comprehension.
Additionally, with that in mind, Toyota will now have a car to sell in a country called Japan which has decided to become a republic.
The Maybach ‘Ultimate Luxury’ concept combines four high-riding doors and a stylish design that is ill-proportioned but capable.
The design of the vehicle is unmatched and because of that, it is not often used in contemporary automotive history.
But making a high-riding sedan is actually much more intelligent than it seems at first blush. Crash safety regulations dictate minimum bumper heights, which then necessitates a high beltline, which in turn means narrow windows and so on until you reach a car that’s basically Ned Kelly’s helmet perched on a set of casters.
SUVs have long gotten away with bigger windows and better proportionality purely because they raised the ride height.
So pay close attention to these pictures. Notice anything? Uh, well, we did. It’s that the windows are still too small, but now it’s for no apparent reason. Hm.
There are two reasons to raise the ride height, and that is to fit big wheels. And while Top Gear invokes the most common axiom in off-roading, we will defend our argument with a well-placed hear us out.
For those who live in specific parts of the world, streets and roads are hardly getting better. And as you may have already discovered, big wheels and tyres almost invariably make driving on crumbling and clapped-out asphalt easier.
So raising and re-engineering a regular sedan to accommodate large sized tires is hardly the worst idea in the world.
The Crown was never a popular model, but with the arrival of the smaller and more fuel efficient SUV, it’s now an outlier on the automotive map. As time isn’t everything, we consider that the Crown arrived at just the right time.