I think the Celica GTS was an expensive car for Toyota to develop, because it had so much great technology and fresh ideas when it came out, but over the years due to horrible marketing and a totally different direction of the company, they never recovered from there investment. So just like any corporation, great idea + bad profits = equals the AXE! (notice how the Celica is always missing from Toyota Commercials). Producing them in Japan & shipping them over here was too expensive so they decided, let's screw the idea over and stop people from buying them by making the car both unaffordable and non-competitive so it dies out. I really think they had this in mind. I think they came to a point and decided, screw sports cars, lets concentrate on trucks, SUV and luxury cars where the money at! So they decided to kill it and kill it bad. I don't expect them to sell much '05 models at all, now that they seemed to have ruined it. I'm not a big fan of those new Altezza
style tailights, so thank God I got an '04. I see the '03 & '04s as the best overall Celica to have been bought brand spanking new, simply because the quality level was a lot higher (no more vinyl mixed seats, true leather and way better interior materials)..and switch to newer technology, ie. DBW which is extensively used by BMW, AUDI & MBENZ.
But I do give props to the 2000/01, because its modding potential is way greater & the cars are way more affordable.
I hear some dealerships have decided not to even carry '05 models, unless its special pre-paid orders!
I can't believe as a manufacturer that is well respected and would like to have competive products, totally go backwards on a niche market that they were doing so well at. Guess they have other ideas and direction they rather pursue.