The Toyota Vista is a compact car launched in 1982 as a sister nameplate to the Camry by Toyota in Japan. The name was introduced to tie in with the Toyota Vista dealership network, and launched around the same time. Unlike the Camry, which from 1988 was available with a V6 engine, all generations were only available with a straight-four engine that used either gasoline or diesel fuel.
Each Vista model is essentially a Japanese-market Toyota Camry, with different front- and rear-end treatment; plus, while the Camry has always been a sedan, with exception to the first generation available also as a hatchback, most Vistas up to the V40 series are hardtops. The Camry is also exclusive to Toyota's Japanese dealership sales channel Toyota Corolla Store, as the first Camry was a development from the Toyota Celica, also only available at the Corolla dealership. When the Camry was redesigned, so was the Vista. This pattern continued until late 1996, when a new, larger, "global" Camry took over the "Camry" name. Prior to 1996, this larger CX/CV platform was marketed in Japan as the Scepter (MCV10) and Camry Gracia (MCV20/MCX20). Then in August 1998 the last generation Vista would be redesigned, independent of the Camry. The Vista is a popular used import in Ireland, as it is generally a favourite with taxi drivers.
First generation V10 (1982–1986)
August 1983 saw the 1C-TL 1.8 L turbodiesel offered. June 1984 saw the suspension given a more sporting approach, and a DOHC 2.0 L engine was offered on the VS trim level. A DOHC engine in a front wheel drive vehicle was unusual at the time. The diesel was upgraded to 2.0 L August 1985The Vista first appeared April 1982 as a nicer trim level of the second generationToyota Camry, and was sold exclusively at a new Toyota dealership channel with the same name, Vista. The bodystyles offered were the 4-door sedan and 5-door hatchback with a 5-speed manual transmission initially the only offering, with an automatic transmission introduced later in August 1982. Trim levels were the VC, VL, VE, and the VX at the top. The official name of the vehicle was the Camry Vista. A glass moonroof was available on the top level VX, with the 2S-ELU engine.
Second generation V20 (1986–1990)
October 1987 saw the introduction of 4WD on the 2.0 L 4S-Fi engine, mated to an automatic transmission, and the Vista Etoile used the 4S-FE engine.The second generation Vista was first offered for sale August 1986, and unlike its higher spec cousin, the Lexus ES, the Vista was not available with a V6 engine. The 5-door hatchback was replaced with either a 4-door sedan or hardtop bodystyle, with a similar appearance to the larger Mark II. The Vista continued a Toyota tradition of becoming a sportier version of a more basic sedan, and came it a GT trim level. All engines now use fuel injection exclusively.