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Toyota's President Is Using A Century GRMN Prototype As Official Transportation

More images of the Toyota Century GRMN we saw earlier this week have appeared, and it emerges that Akio Toyoda has been using the car as his personal transportation

Remind me later

Earlier this week, we tried (and failed) to hide our excitement when news of a Century GRMN prototype emerged. The images weren’t great, but thankfully a load more have since been posted online.

They give a much clearer view of the car, and just how awesome it looks. But more to the point, they show a certain Akio Toyoda - Toyota’s current president - getting out of the car upon arrival for a meeting with the chairman of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA). Yep, it’s being used as the man’s official transportation, complete with a number plate which appears to reference the year Sakichi Toyoda - the founder of Toyota Industries and Akio’s great-grandfather - was born.

This image of the Century GRMN was posted on the 'Toyota President's Office' Facebook page on Wednesday
This image of the Century GRMN was posted on the 'Toyota President's Office' Facebook page on Wednesday

According to Japanese publication Best Car Web, Toyoda said (translated) “I do not have any plans to market yet”.

Let’s some ‘plans’ do eventually arrive - a GRMN version of the Century makes little sense, going against what the car is supposed to be about, but that’s half the joy. It’d be just the kind of well-executed silliness the motoring world needs right now.