The Toyota Mark X sedan is officially dead.
In early 2019, Toyota announced that they will be officially ceasing production of the Mark X sedan. Fast forward to last December 23, the Japanese automaker held a farewell ceremony for the luxury sedan as the final example, a white Mark X 250G, rolled off the line at the Motomachi plant. The car was given a small sendoff and was parked alongside a first-generation Corona Mark II sedan – the vehicle that started it all 51 years ago.
For those wondering, the Mark II line started out as a branch of the Corona line in 1968 with the Corona Mark II sedan. Eventually, it became its own model line spawning the Mark II as we know it today.
While the name Mark II did not officially make its way to the Philippines, we got the car with a different moniker. It was called the Cressida and it was sold here in late 70's, all the way to the early 90's. What we got here were the first four generations of the Cressida, which were actually the third to sixth generations of the Mark II.
Over in Japan, Some of the the most popular generations of the Mark II would be the X90, X100, and X110 chassis. These models are often used by amateur and professional drifters all over the world and are highly sought after by enthusiasts today.
As for the Mark X, it was first introduced in 2004 as the successor to the Mark II and continued to feature a front-engine, rear-wheel drive layout. The second-generation Mark X was introduced in 2009 and features the styling we see in the final model. A limited number of manual-transmission Gazoo Racing GRMN Mark X models were also built in 2015 and in 2019.
Despite the Mark II's success in the past, the Mark X faced slow sales in recent years due to the popularity of SUVs and minivans. A spokesperson says that the Toyota sold a total of 6.88 million models of the Mark II and the Mark X combined throughout its 51-year production life.
Hopefully, we get to see the Mark II or the Mark X return in the future possibly as an electrified version. For now, however, it seems the story of the Mark II and Mark X will finally come to a close.