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This is the 7th generation, so it runs on the T230 platform with the Front-engine, Front-wheel-drive layout, using an engine similar to the one that powered the MR2 Spyder, which adds a certain poetry, since this ended up dying the same year as the MR2: In July 2004, poor sales forced Toyota to announce that the Celica and the MR2 would be discontinued in North America at the end of the 2005 model year. Of course, I'm not entirely sure its death is necessarily the fault of the car itself, so much as the economy surrounding it.
 

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Toyota Knew How To Turn The Last Celica Into Something Exciting
I don't like the last Toyota made in the 20th century very much in stock form, but the Cruising Deck Concept is a very different story.

Displayed at the 1999 Tokyo Auto Show, the Cruising Deck was based on the then brand new Celica but featured a flat deck with open-air rumble seats. The window behind the front passengers could be lowered into the divider between the front and rear cabins, which could then be folded down to form the lower cushion of the rear seat. The headrests for the rear passengers were attached to the massive rear wing. Subaru had nothing on this!

The car paid homage to the original California concept, the 1977 CAL-1 that was designed at Calty, Toyota's California design studio. Based on the prototype Supra, it could even be turned into a pickup.

At the 1999 show, Katsuhiro Nakagawa, former CEO of Toyota said they brought back the cruising deck one more time because "It's cool, sporty and a heck of a lot of fun!".

Look at it. He was right on!

As you can see, the concept was displayed towing a jet ski, something we've first seen from Toyota in 1971 when they designed a two-door station wagon called the RV-1. It was based on the first Celica but had a large inflatable tent in the boot and a jet ski on its own trailer.

This beach-ready bright yellow concept featured the same 1.8 twin-cam engine as the base car with 187 horsepower on tap. A true powerhouse compared to your average Californian dune buggy.

As a bonus, here's an image you can turn into a sticker and put on Camry bumpers in your neighborhood! You know, just to keep them "grounded to the ground."






 

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The end of an era. This is the last generation for the MR2. The story of the MR2 is the story of economical fun fighting to stay aline in a world constricted tighter each year by nanny-state safety regulations.
 

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227 WHP dyno pull on E85 with Kortik's DD Performance Research built and tuned 1.8L 2ZZ swapped MR2 Spyder. Tuned on Hydra EMS with ID1000 injectors - 12.3:1 compression- Ported head, Piper stage 3 cams, DDPR custom intake and exhaust manifolds and exhaust system. Crower rods, TODA oil pump, OS Giken clutch and flywheel.
 

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OK. Made it to 4:11. If you're going to find latches with appropriate symbols to be odd and the fact that a latch on the front having a safety release perhaps more odd, yeah, I'm done with you.

MR2s? The 2nd gen stole my heart. Damn sexy beast. Much in life is subjective. MR2s are, as well.
 

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OK. Made it to 4:11. If you're going to find latches with appropriate symbols to be odd and the fact that a latch on the front having a safety release perhaps more odd, yeah, I'm done with you.
DeMuro can be annoying, and sometimes his critiques don't make sense or hold any water. I couldn't finish the video, either.
 

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The 7th Gen Toyota Celica. Toyota´s biggest underrated/underdog car.
In July 2004, Toyota announced the Celica (as well as the MR2) would be discontinued in the United States at the end of the 2005 model year due to lack of sales. Celica sales hit 52,406 units in 2000, but dropped sharply to 14,856 in 2003. Just 8,710 Celicas were sold in 2004, and only 3,113 were sold in 2005. The sports coupe market, in general, was rapidly shrinking, due in part to the 1997 Asian financial crisis and the effects of the collapse of the Japanese asset price bubble, also known in Japan as the “bubble economy”. The Subaru XT6, Nissan 240SX, Honda Prelude and Mazda RX-7 were already gone and the Acura RSX was soon to follow.
A good read.
 

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Dave!

Sealy, Texas!

Woot!
 

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Dave!

Sealy, Texas!

Woot!
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