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2000-2005 Toyota Celica: End of an

2000 Toyota Celica

Today the Toyota is sparring GM for bragging rights for the world’s car company. For Toyota’s part, its term strategy seems to been to build cars people will want. people usually treat as a means to an end like a washing or lawnmower.  Just a tool to get a job done. The process of creating group centered cars has high levels of customer by people who value reliability and above fun and aesthetics. Cars the Camry and Corolla are tops in class, but where’s the passion?

or even as little as ten years Toyota made some if not interesting cars. They not upmarket items reserved for the brand, which has just has taken excitement seriously, but like the MR2 and the Celica. These affordable everyday performance

While the demise of the Supra and MR2 Toyota’s fall from the pedestal, it was the Celica that represented affordable and practical for everyone.

The Celica has long been version of a pony car, that it was usually front drive and was solidly built and The final Celica had entered its generation for the 2000 model Like many recent products, the new Celica was designed at Calty Design and Research in California. As Celicas go, the new wedge was a striking departure from the design. Toyota was certain the cab forward approach borrowed some of its race cars appeal to a younger demographic before.

That was all well and but Celica prices had crept and as GT cars, they had some of the resale values on the market. price pressures underscored the that the Celica was often with advance technology, found in more expensive Never mind that it was a generation ahead of some it competed with like the LS or even the Mitsubishi Eclipse.

In an to reign in costs, Toyota focused on making only one available. Gone were the and notchback coupes of the past. No or all-wheel drive either. The Celica was keeping it real by in light weight as a hatchback only. The lightest of which in at an astonishingly low 2398lb.  The low made for sprightly performance in the car, while the GT-S was of a rocket, making it a early favorite for its combination of handling and

2002 Celica with Pack”

The Celica was a favorite of the press almost as soon as it was to the public at the Detroit Motor in 1999.  As a concept the XYR closely the final product, save for the and rear bumpers. By the time the version reached the Frankfurt later that year, the would go on sale in Japan, and Europe.  Out the gate sales strong. The new car’s longer with short overhangs was overall than the car it replaced. Its was improved, but its suspension strayed from previous Celicas: McPherson struts and a double rear with stabilizer at both ends. European and market cars featured an Superstrut suspension system sharpened handling, but made the firmer. This option made it to The States, where GT were moving in the direction of the Carlo (softly sprung cruisers).

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The cars likely never it to America, as nearly every sold in the States, be it a ST, GT or GT-S have air conditioning and increasingly a speed automatic transmission. In the 7 th Gen Celica offered more equipment than any Celica it. No NAV systems, but occupants could be with one of the last Toyota radio/CD/Cassette stereos. There was one available in two states of tune four transmission configurations.

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You have your 1.8-liter cylinder with a basic 16 dohc configuration (SS-I) or a version with Toyotas valve technology called (SS-II). The former engine nearly 190 hp vs. the base engines There was a standard 5 speed or 4 speed automatic for the base while the GT-S with the engine got a 6 speed manual or a version of the 4 speed automatic. of options, yet most ended up automatic transmissions.

Because Celicas were so optioned, it could be difficult to the GT-S from lesser due to optional 16 inch wheels. the Celica would offer a effects package in 2002 the “ Action Package” in an attempt to sales with 90s Pontiac-like Few substantial changes occurred the course of production. A mild in 2003 changed bumpers by the air dam for a slightly more aggressive

2000 Toyota Celica GT

In many ways the Celica was the rich kid who tried to fit in with the of working class parents. target market often not afford the loaded GT-S Although a mid-level car, the breeding inside where ergonomics had raised the Celica to Lexus standards of fit and finish. interiors suffered from too grey plastic, especially in models. In all versions the controls simple and well placed and about the design suggested and attention to detail. In the GT-S, seats, a moon roof and quality interior accents the impression of being in a Lexus, or a version of the Solara.

However good the Celica it was doomed like another quality coupe from the Prelude. Sales were at highest in 2000 at over units sold in America the model was fresh. It would drop as prices went up and the for coupes seemed to go the way of the dinosaur. By only 5,836 were prompting Toyota to announce the end of US in 2005. That year than 2000 were in the United States. Sales shortly after in Europe and until the plug was pulled for in 2006.

The Celica was a victim of demographics, a poor economy and its own resale value. At about the hurricane Katrina struck and the war in the was taking center stage, the of the end of the Celica was hardly noticed at In fact, mid-priced two door coups would drop off flies, with cars the Cavalier/Cobalt hanging on while the held on for dear life. Celica’s most direct the Honda Prelude had already to the knife.

Toyota would later that the youth market more about looks performance, giving birth to the brand of often ugly but trendy cars. With a new and fun Corolla around the corner, suddenly seems to be into fun While the Celica is down, it may not be  Maybe there’s room in future for the Celica after


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