Nov. 16, 1992
TOYOTA DEBUTS THE CALDINA, A MEDIUM-CLASS STATION WAGON
Toyota City―TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION today debuted the Caldina, a new medium-class station wagon that offers the largest utility space in it's class and sporty styling. A van version of the Caldina is also offered for practical use.
Sales begin immediately at the company's Toyota dealers and Toyopet dealers nationwide. Some 3,500 units a month are projected for the station wagon; 2,700 units a month are expected for the van.
- The Caldina is distinguished by
- Sophisticated and sporty styling
- The largest cabin and luggage space in its class
- The introduction of the Sky Canopy* and four-wheel drive
- Outstanding basic performance and attention to safety and environmental concerns
Caldina 1.8 CZ (with options)
*The Sky Canopy will be introduced in February 1993.
- Sophisticated and Sporty Styling
The Caldina has a sophisticated, sporty look created by the one-motion body, from the wave line on the roof to the distinctive rounded rear deck.The roof rail is streamlined with the roof, and six body colors are available, including two-tone dark forest.
- Cabin and Luggage Space Among Largest in Its Class
CabinThe Caldina's cabin space is among the largest in its class and ergonomically refined cabin access, operability, and visibility ease the burden on the driver.Cabin comfort is enhanced by an automatic air conditioner (standard on all grades) and the Caldina Super Live Sound System (optional on certain grades).Luggage SpaceSeating versatility is provided by a collapsible 60:40 rear seat that can be folded perfectly flat by removing the cushion. The luggage space is an extension of the cabin and is among the largest of its class.
- Introduction of the Sky Canopy and 4WD
Sky CanopyThe Sky Canopy provides a bright and open look to the cabin with its high ceiling and large glass roof. The front glass roof tilts upward for ventilation.Four-Wheel DriveFull-time four-wheel drive provides outstanding vehicle stability and control in recreational use as well as ordinary conditions.
- Outstanding Basic Performance and Attention to Safety and Environmental Concerns
SafetyBoth preventive and collision safety were top priorities in the development of the Caldina.
The 3S-FE and 4S-FE high-efficiency twin-cam gasoline engines, known for their high reliability and performance, have been adopted in the Caldina along with the fuel-efficient high-torque 2-liter 2C diesel engine.
Four-wheel independent MacPherson-strut suspension has been introduced for better control, driving stability, and riding comfort.Hydraulic strut mounts keep noise levels at a minimum.
With optimum design based on computer analysis, a high degree of body rigidity was achieved despite its light weight, along with minimum vibration and noise and excellent driving performance.Corrosion-resistant steel sheets are used for 83% of total steel content by weight, assuring outstanding durability.
EnvironmentThe new ozone-friendly R134a refrigerant is used in all air conditioners. Also, CFC.s are no longer used for foaming and cleansing in the manufacturing process.Thermoplastic resins are used extensively for eventual recycling and leftover resins are recycled into fan shrouds and timing belt covers. Resin parts are also labeled by content for easy sorting after the vehicle has been scrapped.
- Preventive Safety
For preventive safety and driving performance, the following equipment has been introduced either as standard or optional equipment, depending on the grade.
- For improved vehicle visibility from the rear
- High-mount stop lamp, rear fog lamp, courtesy lamp on front doors
- For improving the driver's view of the road
- Interval rear wiper linked with reverse-gear, ultrasonic door mirror, front fog lamp, window-washing system that removes oily dirt
- For accident avoidance
- Four-wheel anti-lock brake system (ABS), traction control system (TRC)
- Collision Safety
In addition to crushable front and rear sections, the Caldina employs a crash impact-absorbing structure (CIAS), which effectively distributes the shock of a collision throughout the body structure, particularly to the underbody, minimizing the chances of cabin deformation. Other standard safety features include side-door beams, three-point seat belts in the rear seats, and a seat-belt warning lamp for the driver's seat.In addition, a driver's side SRS air bag is either standard or optional depending on the grade.
Based on the station wagon, the Caldina Van has been designed for high practicality, quality finish, and simple, balanced styling.
The floor of the luggage compartment is level with the top of the rear bumper for greater ease in loading and unloading, and the luggage space is among the largest in its class.
For the power train, the 1.5-liter 5E-FE gasoline engine with electronic fuel injection (EFI) and 2.0-liter 2C diesel engine have been employed. Full-time four-wheel drive has also been introduced for 2C diesel engine model to meet diversified customer needs.
- The name CALDINA was derived from cardinale, the Italian term meaning central or cardinal.