Thursday, February 4, 2010
The Toyota Carina was a Japanese large family car, initially launched in 1970 and exported to Europe and the United States. It finished production in 2000 as a mid-sized four-door sedan sold in the Japanese market. It was typically marketed as a four-door version of the Celica. Over time, it became a sister car to the Corona but was sportier, with distinctive bodywork and interior—aimed at the youth market and generally filling a niche between the Corolla and Corona.
The first-generation Carina was manufactured in 1970 (and launched in Europe in October 1971). Show room appeal was enhanced by the inclusion in the price of reclining seats with built-in head restraints, radio, clock, reversing lights and servo-assistance on the brakes: these were features which, where available on competitor models, tended to be offered only as options at extra cost.
The A10 Carina was also exported to the US, but sales volumes were disappointing. US exports stopped after only two years.
The original model featured a 1588 cc OHV engine, with 4-speed gearbox and front-wheel disc brakes. It was revised in 1972 with a restyled body, new rear light cluster and filler cap repositioned in rear quarter panel, restyled front grille and fascia. The specification was once again revised in 1974 including sealed cooling system, improved brakes, restyled wheels with flared wheel arches, and restyled interior fittings. For 1976, it received a new front and rear-end styling, dual-line braking system with servo and a repositioned handbrake and gear lever. Wheelbase was increased slightly.
*taken from Wikipedia
TLV-N12b Toyota Carina 1600 DX