The Celica was first introduced to the world in 1970. The car was aimed at competing with the Ford Mustang and Ford Falcon. Considered after the fact the First Generation it was produced from 1970 through 1977 and saw multiple updates to it along the way. Including the introduction of the "Liftback" in 1973. Chassis Designators in the 1st Gen were as follows:
1970-73 TA22, RA20, RA21 &RA22
1974 TA23, RA23, RA24, RA25, RA28, TA28 & RA29
The 2nd Generation was produced between 1977 and 1981. The Celica Supra model was introduced was introduced in 1978 and came with a straight six engine.
Chassis designations were A40, A50.
As a side note there was a Celica Camry that only available in Japan in 1980 but was replaced with the FWD Camry in 1982.
The 3rd Generation was produced between 1981 and 1985.
The liftback was the most popular. In 82 fuel injection found its way into the venerable 22R Motor making it the 22RE. Also in 82 the GT-S was born.
There was a facelift in the 84 model year where the headlights were changed to be hidden when down.
Chassis designation was A60.
In 82 the first Celica Turbo was made and it was called the GT-T using the 3T-GTE engine. Only 200 production cars were made to qualify the car for WRC.
The 4th Generation was produced between 1986 and 1989. This was a complete redesign of the car. Up until this point, the Celica was RWD. The 4th Gen was changed to a FWD. The were 3 models, ST, GT and GT-S. All could be had in coupe or liftback. Convertibles were also available but only in a GT package. The Supra was also split off to be its own model. Chassis designations were AT160, ST161, and ST162. The introduction of the ST165 Turbo AWD All-Trac(US/CA) GT-Four(Euro/Aus/Jap) was introduced.
The 5th Generation was produced 1990-1993.(Production started in 1989 and 5th 1990 model year cars are often stated to be an 89. However they are considered a 1990). The same models were available in the 5th gen as the 4th along with the All-Trac/GT-Four. Chassis designations were ST182,ST183,ST184 and ST185(AWD)
The 6th Generation was produced in 1994 through 1999. The GT-S was no longer available in the US, but a "Sports Package" could be added to make it handle better. The same GT with sports packaged was badged GT-S in Canada. There was no All-Trac available to North America in the AWD version and the only AWD Turbo Celica GT-Four remained a Euro/Aus/Jap market car.
Chassis designations were AT200, ST202, ST203, ST204 and ST205(GT-Four)
The 7th Generation was produced from 2000 until 2006 and was the final Generation of the Celica. The GT-Four was discontinued and not produced in the 7th gen.
Chassis designation was ZZT230 and ZZT231.
From its introduction in December 1970 to its final model more than 35 years later, Celica production had reached the epic heights of 4,129,626 units worldwide.
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