|Manufacturer||Kanto Auto Works|
|Assembly||Higashi Fuji, Japan|
|Body style||4-door notchback|
|Engine||2.0 L 1TR-FPE|
The Toyota Comfort, released in 1995, was designed for use as a taxicab in Japan. Its primary competitor was the Nissan Crew (discontinued in June 2009) and its secondary competitor was the Cedric Y31. A long-wheelbase version, called Toyota Crown Comfort is available in Japan and it was also exported to Hong Kong and Singapore.
The Crown Comfort is popular among taxicabs in Japan and Hong Kong. It uses a rear-wheel drivetrain. Some versions can be licenced to carry 5 passengers (excluding the driver). The six-seater version uses column gearchange whereas the five-seater version can either have column or floor gearchange. The Japanese model has fender mirrors and an automatic (driver-activated) rear door (also standard in Hong Kong). The Comfort is also used as an instructional vehicle for people learning how to drive.
Since 2005, Toyota has sold 36,400 Comforts. The car is popular with taxi companies and driving schools in Japan. Currently, it is also sold in Hong Kong, mainly as taxi. In 2010, the car is named by Akio Toyoda, the president of Toyota, winner of the “President’s Prize”, an internal, semi-official award of Toyota. The Company explained: “The car itself is unspectacular but it is very important to Toyota. This is why Morizo chose the car for the first ‘Morizo award,’... the car can be driven over the years by everybody from beginners to experts. And this is the proof that the car is the symbol of Toyota’s quality, durability and reliability”. Morizo is the driver name and blogging alter ego adopted by Mr. Toyoda, a motor sports enthusiast.
The Comfort is powered by either the 3C diesel engine or an LPG engine. Auto stop-start function is available for some versions in the Japanese market.
YXS10/LXS10 The YXS10/LXS10 was the first vehicle to be badged as the Comfort. The car (LPG version) was released in 2001. The main differences are that the YXS10 has an extra seat in the front, thus being able to carry 5 passengers (driver excluded). It also boasted automatic doors and a 4-speed automatic transmission became standard in 2004.
YXS11 The YXS11 was released in late 2007 as a successor to the YSX10. New features of the YSX11 included elongated rearlights and a newly designed roof sign. The new model also boasts more stringent emission standards set by Toyota Japan and utilizes more LED lights.
|Engine||SOHC 3Y-PE in-line 4 1998cc (LPG)|
DOHC 1TR-FPE in-line four 1998cc (LPG)
DOHC 1TR-FRE in-line four 1998cc (LPG-HK)
DOHC 1G-GPe in-line four 1998cc (Petrol)
|Bore and stroke||86mm x 86mm|
|Maximum power||79 PS (58 kW) at 4,400 rpm (3Y-PE)|
113 PS (83 kW) at 4,800 rpm (1TR-FPE)
114 PS (84 kW) at 4,800 rpm (1TR-FRE)
|Maximum torque||160 N·m (118 lb·ft) at 2,400 rpm (3Y-PE)|
186 N·m (137 lb·ft) at 3,600 rpm (1TR-FPE)
189 N·m (139 lb·ft) at 3,600 rpm (1TR-FRE)
To reduce unnecessary cost, weight and increase interior space (with emphasis on rear cabin space), the more luxurious dashboard and fitments (including leather seats) of the Crown Royal were replaced with less bulky all-plastic parts with very simple designs. In order to reduce maintenance costs, it uses very simple mechanical designs such as live axle rear suspension.
Two trim levels: Base and Deluxe. 15-in wheels, ABS+BA, Stop&Start-system, driver air bag, three-point seatbelts, air conditioner, a radio and power steering are standard in the base model. Electric mirrors goes to Deluxe. In Deluxe you can also specify central locking.
TRD Comfort GT-Z Supercharger
The TRD Comfort GT-Z Supercharger was a limited edition sports model made in 2003. Total production of this version was 59.
Maximum power is 160 PS (118 kW) at 6100 rpm. Maximum torque is 22.5 kg·m (221 N·m) at 3300 rpm.
- Crown Motors (Hong Kong) Toyota Comfort page (LWB)
- Toyota Comfort page(Japanese)
- TRD Toyota Comfort GT-Z Official Site(JAPANESE)
- TRD Toyota Comfort GT-Z Owner's Site(JAPANESE)
- ↑ http://www.kanto-aw.co.jp/en/products/automotiver/
- ↑ Yoree Koh (2011-03-10). "Toyota Chief: I’ll Take the Taxi". Wall Street Journal-Japan Real Time blog. http://blogs.wsj.com/japanrealtime/2011/03/10/toyota-chief-ill-take-the-taxi/.
- ↑ "Comfort Specs". Toyota. 2010. http://toyota.jp/comfort/spec/spec/index.html. Retrieved 2011-03-14.