Toysan Caric ST Brougham
The Toysan Caric combines the best out of the Toyota Carina ST Surf and the Nissan Cedric 430 and only judging from the new lines it really makes sense!
The front section is taken from the Toyota Carina ST Surf and the rear section is taken from the Nissan Cedric 430. The fusion of these two cars was born out of the necessity to cut costs and both manufacturers combined forces, combining the best of both cars into this new Toysan Caric. Toyota and Nissan deemed it a good idea to combine the front of a van and the rear of a hardtop sedan, making it technically a sedan again.
The Toysan Caric combines the early 80s and late Showa. As the Carina had been launched at the start of the 1980s, the car was full of hope and high end luxury. This line of high end luxury would continue in all front wheel drive successors. Near the end of the Showa period money was no longer a problem: more luxury was wanted in each generation of the Cedric.
Toysan Caric chassis and suspension
The Toysan Caric has 4 doors and the total length of the car is 4617mm. The weight of the car also changed from 1045 kilograms (Toyota Carina ST Surf) and 1360 kilograms (Nissan Cedric 430) to 1256 kilograms (2769 pounds).
|Number of doors||4|
|Front suspension||McPherson struts|
|Rear suspension||rigid link coil|
Toysan Caric engine and drivetrain
The Caric features the Toyota 1S-U engine up front. This engine delivers 99 horsepower. Apparently there has been a literal power struggle between Toyota and Nissan over the choice of engines. Strange but true: Toyota clearly won, hence the choice for the 1S-U engine. With the weight of the car being 1256 kilograms, this alters the power to weight ratio to 27.96 lb/hp (16.97 kg/kW)
|Bore x Stroke||80.5 x 90.0|
|Power||99 hp (74 kW)|
|Torque||155 Nm (114 lb.ft)|
|Gearbox||4 speed automatic|
As the 1S-U has (nearly) the same shape as all other Toyota S-engines, swapping a last generation 3S-GTE into this car would almost triple the amount of horsepower! Now imagine how powerful this four door luxury barge would become!
Toysan Caric ST Brougham trim level
The ST Brougham mixes the best out of the Toyota Carina ST Surf and the Nissan Cedric 280E Brougham.
There was a choice between fender mounted mirrors and door mounted mirrors. The former give better overall visibility and suffer less from a deadzone. The latter are better for guesstimating the distance between you and the cars behind you. Brougham was the highest trim possible on the Cedric and offered velours sofa-like seats, large door handles and many luxurious advancements like tilting power windows.
The Carina was featuring recessed windshield wipers hidden under the bonnet. The Carina wasn’t the first car by Toyota to feature this: the Crown S110 and Soarer Z10 had the honor to feature these first, but the Carina was the first one to feature them as a midrange car. The rear windows can’t wind down fully due to the shape of the door, instead they tilt for the final part.
The original front: Toyota Carina ST Surf
This particular model of the Toyota Carina ST Surf was sold in 1982. The body style is a door van.
The first generation Carina and Celica had been built on a shortened floorpan of the midrange Corona to fill a stopgap between the Corona and the Corolla. The second generation Celica and Carina grew in wheelbase and length so it was decided to merge the Celica, Carina and Corona in the third generation to save cost. The third generation Toyota Carina was therefore almost a direct copy of the second generation: the platform got extended with a few centimeters, the shape more angular and it inherited the independent rear suspension (IRS) from the Carina based Celica Camry.
Wide choice for engines
The new generation also iterated on the same engines, but the Toyota LASRE program ensured during launch time the new 3A-U and 1S-U were available so the engines were quite diverse. The 1S-U replaced the aging 21R-U having two very different 1.8 litre petrol engines (3T-EU and 1S-U) in the lineup at launch time. This only confused more when a year after launch, in October 1983, the range got extended with the Twin Cam Twin Spark Turbo 3T-GTEU engine replacing the older Twin Cam 18R-GEU engine introducing the new GT-T and GT-TR models. At the same time a new model called Jeune is introduced as a high tech car full of driving aids for less experienced (female) drivers including automatic transmission (four speed manual optional), power steering and reverse ultrasound parking sensors called the back sonar. In the meanwhile in February 1982 diesel engines and the Carina Surf (SA60G) also had been launched.
Shift to performance models
Then in May 1983 the aging 2T-GEU was replaced with the all new Twin Cam 16 valve 4A-GE in the GT and the now new GT-R model. In May 1984 the all new front wheel drive Carina is launched, slashing the SE and ST models from the rear wheel drive range. In July 1985 all SG and ST coupe models and GT, GT-R, GT-T, GT-TR sedan and coupe models cease to exists. In January 1988 the remaining sedan and coupe models are discontinued and finally, after 7 years of production, in April of 1988 also the Wagon/Surf and Van models stop production.
The Toyota Carina ST Surf ad campaign
The ad campaign of the third generation Toyota Carina was a prolongation of the previous generation. Just like with the first and second generation Kill Bill actor Sonny Chiba (千葉 真一) promoted the third generation as well alongside Kayoko Kishimoto (岸本加世子) as his female sidekick. Where the first generation got the focus on outpacing motorbike gangs, the second generation more on a sporty image which the third generation initially followed. However quickly after a Toyota Carina AA60 won the 1981 Paris-Dakar two-wheel drive class,
Toyota shifted the focus towards this amazing achievement by team ACP. At the same time Toyota had been preparing the new 4A-GE and 3T-GTE engines for the GT and GT-T respectively and shifted the focus once more towards the sportscar-sedan. This resulted in the hilarious puppy-saving Carina GT-TR commercial and a Sonny Chiba going sideways in a yellow Carina GT-R scaring off his female co-driver Kayoko Kishimoto. Another hilarious ad was made for the Jeune model which featured driving aids for young mothers and executive daughters who just got hold of their driving licenses. As far as we could find there was only one commercial ad involving the Surf/wagon variants.
The Toyota Carina ST Surf in popular media
As the Carina was mostly a more-sporty-bread-and-butter model it wasn’t a very popular car at launch time, but the plain Carina SG AA60 entering and winning the two wheel drive class in the Paris-Dakar rally for Team ACP made it a lot more attractive all of a sudden! It featured in many movies during the 1980s including Giwaku (1982) where a 18R-GEU powered GT coupe played a large role. The Carina also made an appearance in the 1985 novel Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami where a Toyota Carina 1800 Twin Cam Turbo pops up as a high tech rental car playing a key role in the ending of the book.
After the 1980s it quickly departed from the streets in Japan and Europe where most European cars, due to it’s uncomplicated technology, were exported to African countries. During the early 1990s the upcoming drift culture makes the GT and GT-R models a favorable alternative to the AE86, but after the first few years it is soon forgotten. Then in the late 2000s the Carina is rediscovered to be a good alternative to the (more scarce) AE86 for drifting and many GT and GT-R models are drifted to oblivion on Japanese race tracks.
Spotted: A 1982 AA60 SE Toyota Carina by Wasabi Cars
The original rear: Nissan Cedric 430
This particular model of the Nissan Cedric 430 was sold in 1981. The body style is a door hardtop sedan.
After the Prince merger the Nissan Cedric and Prince Gloria were basically their direct competitors. As both Prince and Nissan kept their own separate dealerships (only the Prince name got replaced on the cars itself), the Gloria lineup was kept. Starting from the third generation Cedric (230) the Gloria joined and shared the platform, engines, trim and most body panels. This meant that the two cars were visually almost the same and are sometimes hard to distinguish from each other. The fifth Cedric (430) was no exception to this and the most obvious difference between the Cedric and Gloria of this generation are the different grilles and crests.
The Nissan Cedric 430 ad campaign
The Cedric is coined by actor Hideaki Nitani (二谷英明), who is most famous for the leading role in the movie Tokyo Drifter. As Hideaki Nitani is a distinguished actor, he has to emphasize the luxury and class of the Cedric.
The Nissan Cedric 430 in popular media
The Cedric was a popular police chase car in the various cop series throughout the 70s and 80s in Japan. Especially Seibu Keisatsu (西部警察, Western Police) was renowned for their police car scrapping schemes throughout the final car chases during each episode.
Spotted: A J-luxurious Nissan Cedric Brougham 280E by Wasabi Cars
The Toysan Caric certainly is a daring product by combining two cars from two different manufacturers. It really took guts from Toyota and Nissan to come to this consensus and that’s certainly something to be remembered for. It may not be 100% up to the tastes of typical buyers from Toyota or Nissan, but the car being sold under the brand could potentially attract new customers that they normally wouldn’t have had.
Keep in mind that this is an automatically generated artist impression what could be a possible mashup between the Toyota Carina and the Nissan Cedric. This is not meant to offend any person nor mock a specific car or car brand as all cars and car brands in our database are mashed up randomly. The gods of randomization feel that this was the proper hommage to both cars and highlighting their strong and weak points. In the end, just imagine this newly created car was a real thing and existed out of cost saving necessity. This isn’t the first time such a thing happened, hence we now have to live with the Toyoscionbaru BRZFR-SGT86 and soon with the ToyoBMW Z4Supra.
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