The Toyota Carina was a Japanese compact, produced from December 1970 to 2000. It was introduced as a four-door version of the Celica (which shared the same platform),as well as being offered in 2-door and station wagon models. Later, it was realigned to the Corona platform, but retained its performance image, with distinctive bodywork and interior — aimed at the youth market and remaining exclusive to Japanese Toyota dealerships Toyota Store. It was replaced by the Toyota Allion in 2000.
The Carina, like its platform siblings, the Celica, and later the Corona, have represented Toyota internationally for many years. The Carina was an affordable, reliable vehicle that was later modified for the European market to become the Toyota Avensis. The performance image was shared with the smaller Toyota Sprinter.
The inspiration for the name Carina came from the Carina star cluster, sharing a naming inspiration from the Celica, which is ultimately derived from the Latin word coelica meaning “heavenly” or “celestial”.
Source: Toyota manual org