After building their brand on reliable compact cars, Toyota decided to move on to larger more luxurious vehicles. The Mark II was launched as an upscale vehicle and became the Cressida when the third generation of the vehicle came to the US in 1978. It was offered as a sedan or station wagon and only with a six cylinder engine in the US. They were also rear wheel drive which was befitting a true luxury car. It was also known to be a very quiet car and was available with a manual transmission. Toyota's success with the Cressida allowed Toyota to further expand into the luxury market culminating in the launch of the Lexus brand in 1990. Ultimately, the Toyota Cressida parts were replaced by the Toyota Avalon after the 1992 model year.