Sold in the US in the '70s, '80s, and early '90s, the Mark II/Mark X has become an institution in its native Japan.
Toyota is waving goodbye to a nameplate they've had for over fifty years – and there's a good chance you've never heard of it. At the end of this year, Toyota will discontinue their Mark X model, according to their Japanese press site.
The Mark X started out in 1968 as the Mark II, with a name change to Mark X in 2004. While the name has changed, the basic principle of the car hasn't. It has always been a luxurious rear wheel drive sedan with good performance for its class.
Think of it as something like a Japanese BMW – or a Lexus. In Japan, it's positioned as an alternative to the Toyota Camry aimed at buyers who prefer a rear wheel drive car, with the option of all wheel drive.
While this may be seen as the end of an era, Toyota is perhaps more committed to rear wheel drive than ever. Their ever-expanding sports car lineup will soon include three rear wheel drive models.
Gallery: Toyota Mark X 250S Final Edition
While Americans are likely unfamiliar with the name, they might be familiar with the car itself. That's because, starting in 1969, it was sold here as the Corona. When the body style changed a second time in 1977, so did the name – it became the Cressida, and was subsequently sold here until 1992. Both cars have a dedicated fanbase among fans of nostalgic Japanese cars in the United States.
To mark the end of an era, Toyota will sell a limited edition Mark X 250S Final Edition in Japan. The Final Edition will come equipped with 18 inch aluminum wheels, dark chrome plated front bumper trim, and a red and black interior finished in alcantara and leather.
The Mark X 250S Final Edition will come in three colors: White Pearl Crystal Shine, Silver Metallic, and Precious Black Pearl. The Final Edition is available in both rear wheel drive and all wheel drive versions.