the toyota Celica for 1994-1999
Oh what a feeling!
In 1993 Toyota introduced this model for the 1994 year and it was quite a success. Introduced in ST and GT trims only in our market, and later with the sport package as well as a hot new convertible later in the introduction year, there was certainly something for everyone.. The Celica made its impact on the world as a sports car, and in other markets, a rally racer. But in what ever form, country or market you got this hot little "Bug Eyed Baby" in, one thing for sure was that she was going to be reliable. This front driver started with the base 1.8 liter 4cylinder engine with 105hp for the ST, and going up to the 2.2 liter 135hp for the more potent GT. (Both engines made too much buzz at speed.) Quite mild by today's standards, but the engines got the jobs done and with the ST getting 27mpg, city to 34mpg, highway and the GT getting 22mpg city and 29highway, who was complaining. This was a car designed from the start to be more bark than bite. There was also a sport package that you could opt for that literally made the car handle like the 'Not coming to America' GTS.
The interior was well optioned and very well laid out. The twin pod seating was both sporty and comfortable, with lots of options. The back seat was left for kids and small people. (Pretty much like most cars designed as sports cars.) The car did however, like most Toyotas, hold together very well as an everyday driver.
There were constant yearly upgrades like the tail lamps in 1995 and the front facia in 1996. At the end of the 1996 year the GT coupe (hatchback) was dropped and a special convertible with projector beam headlights was created in order to mark the 25th anniversary edition of the the now 25 year old Celica. The car stayed pretty much the same until 1998 when Toyota decided to bring back the hatchback GT, and drop the (notchback) ST model. It stayed in this form until the end of its life cycle at the end of 1999.
There has been talk of a new Celica and it has been spotted!
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