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Toyota Celica Sales Figures

Toyota Celica

The Toyota Celica is an iconic sports car produced by Toyota from 1970 to 2006. Over its lifetime, the Celica underwent several transformations in terms of design, drivetrain, and positioning. It was well-regarded for its combination of style, reliability, performance, and affordability. The Toyota Celica was withdrawn from the market in 2006 without a direct successor, until the introduction of the Toyota GT86 in 2012.

Toyota Celica Overview

The Celica was first introduced in Japan in 1970 as a more affordable and smaller alternative to Toyota’s first sports car, the 2000GT. Initially, it was available as a two-door coupe but later added a liftback model. The early Celicas were rear-wheel drive and came with a range of four-cylinder engines. The second generation arrived in 1978 and this generation saw a more angular design, in line with the automotive trends of the era. The “Celica Supra” was introduced, which later evolved into the standalone Toyota Supra model.

The third generation launched in 1981, with an upscale shift and a focus on better interior quality and more advanced features. The GT-S model became popular for enthusiasts due to its sportier suspension and higher output engine. The fourth generation followed in 1985 with a more rounded, aerodynamic design characterized this generation. Toyota introduced an all-wheel-drive turbocharged model known as the Celica All-Trac Turbo in the U.S. and GT-Four elsewhere. It achieved success in the World Rally Championship (WRC). The design became even sleeker, with pop-up headlights and a more aggressive stance for the fifth generation Celica in 1989. The GT-Four/All-Trac Turbo continued its success in rallying, solidifying the Celica’s reputation in motorsports during this era.

The 1993 sixth generation Celica was a big change. The most significant change was the shift from rear-wheel drive to front-wheel drive, though the GT-Four remained all-wheel drive. Multiple engine options and body styles (coupe, liftback, convertible) were available. The seventh and final generation came in 1999. This final generation adopted a more radical and futuristic design, especially with its distinct triangular headlights. Toyota shifted the Celica’s focus more towards a younger audience with an emphasis on style and affordability rather than outright performance. 2006 marked the end of the Celica production, as market dynamics shifted and interest in sport compact cars began to wane.

Toyota Celica Sales Figures

Toyota Celica US Sales Data & Charts

US Annual Sales

Year Sales Units
1985 80,480
1986 106,731
1987 79,333
1988 66,331
1989 61,936
1990 78,521
1991 60,187
1992 41,750
1993 29,237
1994 34,597
1995 21,260
1996 14,266
1997 9,895
1998 4,290
1999 16,418
2000 52,406
2001 35,720
2002 22,893
2003 14,856
2004 8,710
2005 3,113
2006 9

US Annual Growth

Toyota Celica Europe Sales Data & Charts

Europe Annual Sales

Year Sales Units
1997 7,766
1998 6,420
1999 6,996
2000 17,996
2001 13,460
2002 9,446
2003 8,540
2004 6,590
2005 4,536
2006 1,684

Europe Annual Growth