Trivia: Why the Toyota Carina A60 failed in Europe

July 14, 2014 in Carina Trivia

There are a lot of speculations why the third generation Carina (the Toyota Carina A60) failed to sell in large numbers in Europe. One of them is that Datsun (aka Nissan) launched their new Bluebird 910 around the same time and offered a better pricing. This is partly true and this posting is about the other part which can be captured in the scan below:
Toyota Carina TA60 vs Toyota Carina II AT150
I made this scan of a Dutch book about Honda and Toyota from the mid 80s. During this period the Carina II T150 was selling quite well while the Carina A60 already had been phased out.

The photos above are press photos distributed in the 80s by Toyota Netherlands (aka Louwman & Parqui) and you clearly see a difference in marketing: the old is marketed with a conservative mustached salesman-guy and the new with the streamlined (French) glider in the background. I don’t think the annotation of the photos need to be translated as they are similar. ;)
Notice the glider: I will come back to that later…

This is obviously not the only marketing they did, another example is this 1982 ad targeted at Ford Taunus drivers: Read the rest of this entry →

Family Album Treasures: Toyota Carina ED ST-X

July 9, 2014 in Family Album Treasures

One of the nice things about the merger between the Corona and Carina lineups was that Toyota made it possible to create a better follow up on the Toyota Celica Camry: the Toyota Carina ED. So basically Toyota now offered a Corona sized car with the performance image of the Celica!
Family Album Treasures - Toyota Carina ED ST-X ST162
Today’s Family Album Treasure is one of the first generation Toyota Carina ED models: the AT160 in this case. Even better: the car pictured here is a Carina ED 1600 ST-X which means it features the 4A-GELU and makes it the model just below the Toyota Carina ED GT-R model that featured the 3S-GELU engine.
Now that’s something I would add to my Family Album any day. ;)

Found at: Minkara

Carina Sightings: Toyota Carina TA63 drag racer

June 13, 2014 in carina sightings

And now for something completely different: a man with a tape-recorder up his nose! a Toyota Carina TA63 drag racer at the Central Circuit:
JDDA West 2013 Toyota Carina TA63
The twin spark single turbo 3T-GTEU has been swapped out in favor of, correct me if I’m wrong, a 2JZ-GTE with a big Trust Greddy T88-34D single turbo.

I have found two videos of this Carina doing runs at the JDDA-West 2013 drag event at the Central Circuit (Taka District, Hyōgo, Japan). The Carina became 7th in its class with 11.106 seconds on the quarter mile. Not the best time of the day and not the fasted on the quarter-mile you have seen before, but it is pretty decent if you think the McLaren MP4-12C is doing the quarter mile in 10.9 seconds.

The first video shows the Carina, its engine and a couple of runs and the second video shows two of those runs.

You can watch the videos below: Read the rest of this entry →

Brilliant: Toyota Carina A60 timeline

May 3, 2014 in brilliant

I did post a couple of Toyota Carina A60 timelines in the past but now I found a nice tool to visualize this even better:

The data is based upon the Carina Chronology I posted in the past and added some titles and photos.
I tried to make it a bit funny by adding some rustoseum photos of the Carina models that got discontinued. ;)

Carina Sightings: N-Style Toyota Carina AA63 at Speedhunters

April 9, 2014 in carina sightings

I have no idea what has gotten into Dino Dalle Carbonare but lately he seems to be very much into the Toyota Carina AA63! He proved this by posting the N-Style Carina earlier this week on Speedhunters:
N-Style Toyota Carina AA63
The N-Style Carina certainly has seen an overhaul since the last time I posted about it: two tone paintscheme, wilder camber and deeper dish!

I certainly like the new two tone paint scheme! Read the rest of this entry →