Individual contacts to Toyota will only go so far...
If, say, Ecelica, NC.Org, and all the other celica sites were to pool their clout and send in a petition NOW, we may help toyota see the light, and get them to reconsider this possible mistake toyota is making, after all, we are the enthusiasts, and their potential buyers. If we are serious enthusiasts, we have to strike while the iron is hot.
it worked with the nissan Z's, and it really worked with the Mustang, Mustang enthusiasts have kept that car afloat for the longest time. that's why mustangs still have v8's, and is the longest running, most produced domestic car. While the F-body has now faded off into oblivion, and the camaro/firebird are now just a memory, the mustang still rolls off assembly lines; and if you've seen what the next gen mustang looks like, and the features it will have, you will be able to tell that the enthusiast's market has some serious pull with manufacturers.
We should write a form letter that states our mission statement: We want the celica to continue to be sold in the USA, We want the car to return to it's performance roots, and wold appreciate more aftermarket support for our vehicles. While Honda, Acura, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Mazda and Nissan are all catering to their buyers in one form or another, we feel like we are being left out in the cold in favor of a new, weaker nameplate (scion) and that Toyota enthusiasts are taking a back seat to everyone else. In other words, we no longer feel satisfied with the way toyota has been doing things lately. We may even want to threaten them with switching to another manufacturer if these trends don't change.
If their customer base shows them that they mean buisness, they will have little choice but to give in to our demands, otherwise, they won't be selling as many cars, and they will end up losing a good chunk of their consumer base to other brands.
Have every member, of every celica, matrix, supra and MR2 site sign the petition, posting the year and model of thei car(s). A show of force is what is needed here, guys.
You have to ask yourself this: is your car going to go the way of the Camaro and Firebird, or will it become a legend like the Mustang or Z?