After Lancia withdrew from the WRC after the 1992 season, Juha Kankkunen came back to Toyota as the new main man that season, piloting the Toyota Celica GT-Four ST185 with which Sainz had defeated him the previous year. He changed co-pilots three times during the season after Juha Piironen suffered a brain hemorrhage. Kankkunen went on to take a record fourth drivers' title by winning five of his ten WRC events; the Safari Rally with Piironen, the Rally Argentina, the Rally Australia and the RAC Rally with his new co-driver Nicky Grist, and the 1000 Lakes Rally with Denis Giraudet due to Grist's pre-arrangement with Armin Schwarz. Kankkunen's win at the RAC marked his career 20th in the series, breaking Markku Alén's record for most wins. Kankkunen and his third-placed teammate Didier Auriol brought Toyota the manufacturers' crown, the first for a Japanese manufacturer.
His Safari win was his 16th and 39th podium.