Toyota Sprinter Marino
1994 Toyota Sprinter Marino|
1994 Toyota Corolla Ceres
|Also called||Corolla Ceres|
|Production||1992 - 1998|
|Body style||4 door hardtop|
1.5 L 5A-FE DOHC I4 |
1.6 L 4A-FE DOHC I4
1.6 L 4A-GE DOHC I4
|Wheelbase||2,465 mm (97.0 in)|
|Length||4,365 mm (171.9 in)|
|Width||1,695 mm (66.7 in)|
|Height||1,315 mm (51.8 in)|
|Curb weight||1,130 kg (2,491.2 lb)|
Toyota Carina ED 3rd gen |
Toyota Corona EXiV 3rd gen
The Toyota Sprinter Marino is a four-door hardtop version of the Toyota Sprinter Trueno produced between 1992 - 1998 for sale in the Japanese Domestic Market. The Toyota Corolla Ceres (Japanese: Toyota Corolla Ceres) is a slightly restyled version of the Sprinter Marino, as was common practice by Japanese automakers in the 1980s and 1990s. The Sprinter Marino/Corolla Ceres is a common sight in New Zealand and other countries where 'grey imports' are often found. The Corolla Ceres is named after Ceres in Roman mythology, and the Marino is named for Marino, Italy.
In Japan, the Sprinter Marino and the Corolla Ceres could be ordered by mail order catalog. Both vehicles were built for Toyota under contract by Kanto Auto Works.
Due to cost cutting efforts, both vehicles were cancelled and ceased production in Japan on June 6, 1998.
The hardtop approach was used on various segments of core Toyota sedans by offering a more upscale hardtop version. These cars were offered for consumers who wanted the luxurious approach offered by the Toyota Crown hardtop and sedan, as well as the Mark II (4-door sedan), Cresta (4-door hardtop) and Chaser (4-door hardtop and performance enhancements), and the next segment down on the Corona and Carina, called the Toyota Corona EXiV and the Toyota Carina ED which were all offered at reduced prices and reduced tax liability based on the vehicles size and engine displacement. The various versions were sold at different Toyota dealerships dedicated to particular models.
The Nissan competitor was the Nissan Pulsar.
Features of the Toyota Sprinter Marino/Toyota Corolla Ceres
The Toyota Sprinter Marino was available with four options, the more common 1587 cc Twin Cam 16 Valve DOHC 4AFE engine, 1487 cc Twin Cam 16 Valve DOHC 5AFE, the rare 1587 cc Twin Cam 20 Valve DOHC Silver Top 4AGE and the even rarer 1587cc Twin Cam 20 Valve Black Top 4AGE. The Silver Top 4AGE engine produces 165 hp (at 7500 rpm) and the 2nd most powerful of the high performance 4AGE Toyota motors ever made, only beaten by the Black Top 4AGE which is around 15 hp (11 kW) more powerful (available in the Sprinter Marino 1997 to 1998 with 6 speed manual or 4 speed auto).
The Sprinter Marino is a 4-door hard top with 4 main seats however has a 5th seat in the back that can be used for small children. The Sprinter Marino GT comes with a mandatory feature of a rear spoiler.
A driver's airbag was available after 1995. Automatic door locking was a mandatory feature on the vehicle beginning in its first year of production (1991) - as per Japanese vehicular law (1991) whereby all vehicles for the JDM must lock all doors at 18 km/h (11 mph).
- Marino F - 5AFE - 5SPD MAN, 4SPD AUTO
- Marino F Extra PKG - 5AFE - 5SPD MAN, 4SPD AUTO
- Marino X - 5AFE - 5SPD MAN, 4SPD AUTO 4SPD AUTO ECTS option available on A/T
- Marino X Extra PKG - 4AFE - 5SPD MAN, 4SPD AUTO ECTS option available on A/T
- Marino GT - 20V 4AGE - 5SPD MAN, 4SPD AUTO ECTS option available on A/T
- Marino GT Extra PKG - 20V 4AGE - 5SPD MAN, 4SPD AUTO ECTS option available on A/T
Marino GT and Marino GT Extra PKG as of 1997 used 6SP MAN, 4SPD AUTO ECTS option available on A/T
Specially developed 5-speed manual gearbox as well as an Automatic version and optional L.S.D (limited slip differential).
- 1st gear: 60 km/h (37 mph)
- 2nd gear: 120 km/h (75 mph)
- 3rd gear: 170 km/h (106 mph)
- 4th gear: 210 km/h (130 mph)
- 5th gear: 240 km/h (149 mph)