Oldsmobile Toronado
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Production 1966-1992
Class Full-size personal luxury car
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Similar Buick Riviera Cadillac Eldorado
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The Toronado was a two-door coupe produced by Oldsmobile from 1966 to 1992.

The word "Toronado" has no meaning, and was first used for a Chevrolet show car. This car was born as Oldsmobile's full-size personal luxury car and competing directly with the Ford Thunderbird, the Toronado was known as the first front-wheel drive car made in the United States since the Cord.

The Toronado was structurally similar to the Buick Riviera and the Cadillac Eldorado, but each car was different in styling. The Toronado continued to share its E-body platform with the Riviera and Eldorado for most of its 28 years alive.

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Fourth generation (1986–1992)Edit

The fourth and last generation Toronado had hidden headlights for the first time since 1969. But this was the wrong time to make another downsizing. Gas was now below $1.00 instead of $3.00 or more. Now the Toronado's sales declined and there was no such thing as going back. In 1987 the Trofeo was introduced by Oldsmobile to hopefully help the declining sales of the Toronado. In 1988 the Trofeo was updated with new changes like new seats and monochromatic paint. By 1990 people saw Oldsmobile going literally and figuratively to great lengths to revive Toronado and Trofeo sales. Oldsmobile completely redesigned everything except for the hood. One of the things Oldsmobile changed was safety. For the first time since 1976 an airbag was installed, only for the driver's side. However this redesign did not help sales. Oldsmobile wasn't done yet though as in 1991 new features were added with no extra cost. Remote keyless entry and anti-lock brakes were made standard. Ultrasuede was added to the Trofeo line and is now extremely rare. However this would be the end of the Toronado as the Oldsmobile Aurora replaced it in 1994.

Third generation (1979–1985)Edit

The third generation Toronado was released in 1978 as a 1979 model. Something new about this car was the downsize. This major downsize led the Toronado to lose nearly 1,000 pounds, more than 20 inches in length, shrinking down to a 114-inch wheelbase and an overall length of 204 inches. All this downsizing however still gave the car decent passenger space. The newly-downsized Toronado got smaller engines than before.

Second generation (1971–1978)Edit

The Toronado's new look brought many more buyers. It also looked more like a Eldorado than a Riviera. The Toronado was more bigger than the first generation. But it was 2 inches smaller than the Delta 88. In 1974 the speedometer got the same features that the Toronado had in the first generation. In 1975 power windows became standard. The XS and XSR models came out in 1977. Since the XSR was a prototype only one of them were produced.

First Generation/Origins (1966–1970)Edit

The Toronado was a car never intended for production. But then a few weeks later the Oldsmobile division announced that the Toronado will be in production. Seven years were spent in order to build the Toronado. In 1966 the Toronado won the "The Car of the Year" by Motor Trend. A tire called TFD was made espeically for the Toronado. Brakes were the Toronado's weak spot. The brake drums would overheat after several panic stops. A inprovement was made in 1967. The Toronado could reach 0-60 in 7.5 seconds. It could hit a maximum speed on 135 mph. 40,963 cars were built in 1966.


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