TOKYO -- When it comes to regal resonance in Japan, no nameplate rules like the Toyota Century, the official car of the emperor, prime ministers and esteemed captains of industry.
Perhaps that's why, after 20 years, the grand limousine's long-awaited redesign doesn't mess with much. Toyota will unveil a hybrid third-generation Century at this month's Tokyo Motor Show, but the overhaul largely keeps the old-school elegance that harkens back to its roots in 1967.
The iconic long car, hardly seen outside of Japan, was last redesigned in 1997.
Two decades later, the new iteration undergoes mostly cosmetic changes, including LED headlamps, three-dimensional taillights and a more rear-slung posture.