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Toyota to kill Celica, MR2 Spyder

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Toyota to kill Celica, MR2 Spyder

By Mark Rechtin
Automotive News / July 16, 2004

LOS ANGELES -- Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. will delete two models that were part of its strategy to lure young buyers to the brand.

After the 2005 model year, Toyota will no longer sell the Celica coupe or MR2 Spyder convertible in America -- even though their global model cycle is due for a redesign, the automaker said Friday.

The new MR2 Spyder and redesigned Celica arrived in spring 2000 as part of the launch of Toyota's Genesis project, a precursor to Scion. But coupe and convertible sales are traditionally fickle, and the Toyota models suffered worse than most. Celica sales in 2000 hit 52,406 units, but dropped sharply to just 14,856 last year. Sales have fallen a further 33.8 percent through June. Celica sales also were expected to hurt with the arrival of the Scion tC coupe.

The mid-engine, rear-drive MR2 Spyder suffered from lack of cargo space, and never took off in America. It sold just 7,233 units in its debut year, falling to less than 3,000 units last year.

Celica production will cease at the end of July 2005. Production of the Celica will be about 500 units a month through December 2004, then about 250 through July 2005. Approximately 200 MR2's will be produced each month for U.S. consumption until January 2005.
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I like the MR2. Now that we have a minivan I've been thinking of dumping the G35 auto 4 door sedan in favor of a two seater with a manual. The MR2 has actually crossed my mind as a replacement. I saw a black one on the highway with the top down... pretty sweet.

The Celica I don't like but it had one of the best commercials I have ever seen... the one where the old guy is yelling at the car to slow down even though it's parked just because it looks so fast
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From driving the mr2, I think they drive like dogs, but that's just my opinion. I dont know how big you are alderran, but they are very very very very small inside, I'd say if you weigh more than 200 lbs, or are taller than 6 feet, you'll be cramped. IMO, I like to be a littlle roomy
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What I found stupid about the Celica is that for the '02 models I couldn't get a sunroof in a GT model :( .........and the GT-S cost WAY too much.



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well you could get a sunroof it was just outrageous through aftermarket
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The Celica I don't like but it had one of the best commercials I have ever seen... the one where the old guy is yelling at the car to slow down even though it's parked just because it looks so fast
My favorite one was where a dog came tearing ass around the corner of a house like it was chasing after a car, only to run right into the back of the Celica.
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