The Toyota Celica was initially launched at the Tokyo Motor Show in October 1970. It was based on the Toyota Corona Platform and was meant to compete with the 1964 Ford Mustang. Its second-generation was unveiled in 1978 and continued to be offered as a coupe and liftback. In 1981, the third-generation Toyota Celica was released with an added convertible variant as an option.
From its fourth to seventh generation, the Toyota Celica continued to impress its loyal fans and new followers as innovations continued to improve its overall performance. Also, Toyota Motors was able to sustain its successful worldwide sales as the sports car’s exterior and interior were consistently styled with the latest trends.
In 2004, though sales for the Toyota Celica was good, Toyota Motor Corporation decided to discontinue producing the sports car as the interest for speed-driven vehicles decreased. Also the new regulations for automobile emission in 2006 made it uneconomical to continue offering the Toyota Celica.
The Toyota Celica measures 4,335mm long, 1,735mm wide, and 1,315mm tall. It features an elongated body detailed with powerful lines at the front and sides. Highlights include a pair of sleek headlights with high low beams, daytime running lights, an air intake vent on the front bonnet, fog lights encased in the front bonnet, front antenna, a power sunroof, body-colored door handles, a sloping rear window with brake light, a wide spoiler, and taillights.
Completing its outstanding road presence is a pair of 15 to 16-inch alloy wheels.
The Toyota Celica can accommodate four fully grown adults courtesy of its 2,600mm wheelbase. Notable interior features include the leather-covered adjustable steering wheel, instrument panel with speedometer, odometer and tachometer, a cigarette lighter, comfortable seats covered in cloth, power windows, an efficient air conditioning system, and a rear window defogger.
Technology & Safety Features
For entertainment, the Toyota Celica is fitted with a radio and cd player with six speakers. In terms of safety, it is built with a good number of airbags, seat belts with pre-tensioners, cruise control, engine immobilizer, central locking remote control, power steering, an anti-lock braking system, and more.
Platform & Chassis
The Toyota Celica was built based on the Toyota MC platform. It is fitted with an independent suspension at the front and a four-link setup at the rear with separate dampers.
Engine & Drivetrain
The Toyota Celica is a front-engine, front-wheel-drive sports car. All variants are powered by a 188 horsepower 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine mated with either 5- or 6-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission.