Toyota of Orlando explores the history of the Toyota Celica!


If you’re a fan of affordable sports cars, then you’ve probably heard of the Orlando Toyota Celica once or twice. This iconic ride was renowned nationwide for its fuel efficiency and performance, its slick and sporty style, and its economical price tag. Toyota may have stopped producing it back in 2005, but it’s still a huge fan-favorite among many Toyota drivers, and every time we see one of these used Toyota on our lot they’re gone in a flash! 

Get to know the Orlando Toyota Celica

Let’s start with the basics surrounding the Toyota Celica in Orlando

  • This new Toyota first came onto the market back in the early 1970’s and production continued up to the 2005 model. After that, the Orlando Scion tC picked up where this best-seller left off with a sporty coupe style and affordable price tag. 
  • The Toyota Celica was powered by 4-cylinder engines during each generation of its life, resulting in exceptional performance and great fuel efficiency. 
  • This popular sports car was featured in notchback, coupe, and convertible styles. 
  • There were seven different generations of the Toyota Celica, as evidenced by the many different looks that the car had to offer over the years. 

Interested? Take a look at some other highlights in this amazing Orlando Toyota’s history!

  • The Toyota Celica won the “Import Car of the Year” award in 1976, less than a decade after it first came on to the market. 
  • In 1978 the second generation was introduced, and much of the design took place right here in the US at Calty Research Design, Inc. in Newport Beach, CA. 
  • 1982 brought sportiness back into the equation – the new Toyota Celica now featured a performance similar to that of the Toyota Supra, stretching fuel efficiency to the max while boosting power. You’d get 24 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway in this incredible ride! 
  • 1988 put even more power into the picture – the All-Trac Turbo was introduced, and it had an engine that churned out 190 horsepower for a whole lot of get up and go. 
  • 1991 put a power-top convertible model in the spotlight, and 1998 brought the Genesis Group to the world. The Genesis Group was an effort to make Toyota more popular among younger consumers, and Toyota used methods like viral marketing, a music tour, and the Gravity Games to promote the 20th anniversary edition a bit later in 2000. 


Will the Scion tC pick up where this iconic Toyota left off? 

Toyota decided to pull the popular Toyota off the market after the 2005 model year due to increased competition and the introduction of its follow-up, the new Scion tC in Orlando! This sporty and stylish coupe follows in its predecessor’s footsteps with performance and affordability taking top priority. 

Want to see if you can get your hands on this used Toyota? Come down and see us – our Toyota dealership in Orlando is happy to help! We’re just off I-4 near the Millenia Mall at 3575 Vineland Drive. We’ll see you soon! 

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