Toyota Celica - Timeline


1970 – Celica LT, ST, GT introduced
1972 – Celica GTV introduced, first World Rally Championship (WRC) in RAC Rally
1973 – Celica introduced in liftback form in Japan in (The RA25 and TA27 were released for sale in April 1973 in Japan)
1976 – Celica wins Motor Trend Import Car of the Year
1976 – 1-millionth Celica produced in June 1977
1978 – Second generation Celica introduced; wins Motor Trend Import Car of the Year
1979 – Sunchaser semi-convertible introduced.
1981 – Sunchaser production ended.
1982 – Third generation introduced.
1984 – Celica GT-S among Consumer's Digest "Best Buys" and Car and Driver Ten Best Cars1st year for the convertible from ASC 250 made
1985 – 4,248 convertibles produced this year
1986 – Fourth generation; front wheel drive introduced in late 1985, followed by GT-Four in October 1986
1987 – New-generation convertible introduced
1988 – All-Trac/GT-Four model for export
1990 – Fifth generation introduced. Spanish driver Carlos Sainz, driving ST165 GT-Four became World Rally Champion (WRC).
1992 – Carlos Sainz won his second WRC title with ST185 GT-Four
1993 – Last year of the GT-S, All-trac Turbo. Juha Kankkunen won his 4th WRC title, driving ST185 GT-Four.
1994 – Sixth generation introduced. Didier Auriol won WRC title with ST185 GT-Four.
1995 – New generation convertible produced.
1997 – "Most Reliable Used Vehicles, MYs '89–'95" J.D. Power & Associates
1999 – Coupe discontinued
2000 – Seventh generation Celica is introduced.
2001 – US Consumer Reports rates Celica GT-S "Best Sports Coupe" "Most Wanted Sport Coupe Under $30,000"
2002 – US Consumer Reports "Most Reliable Sporty Car"; "Most Wanted Sport Coupe – - Under $30,000"
2005 – Celica discontinued in North America and Australia. Still in production in Japan.
2006 – Toyota ended the production of the 7th generation Celica in Japan.

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