Ever since it first went on sale in Japan in November of 1966, Toyota had lofty aspirations for the Corolla. Monthly production figures were set at 30,000… an optimistic number at a time when the company’s total monthly vehicle production was 50,000. Within four years, annual output of the Corolla was 1 million units, thanks in part to the U.S. market’s appreciation of the vehicle.
The model that’s sold in European markets adopts a new design language, highlighted by the new front fascia with different LED headlights flanking the small upper grille and revised bumper incorporating a large lower grille. The door handles now have a new chrome finish, while at the rear there are fresh LED taillights and chrome trim. It’s also available with 16- and 17-inch alloys and a choice of 9 body colors, three of which (Platinum Bronze, Tokyo Red and Earth Bronzeare) are new.
Engine lineup has not been confirmed yet, although it is likely to retain the options in the current model. It includes a 1.8-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with VVT-i that produces 138 hp and 173 Nm of torque, and a four-cylinder 1.4-liter diesel engine for the Indian market, which produces 88.4 PS and 205 Nm of torque through a 6-speed manual gearbox.
“Close to a quarter of all Corollas sold in Australia last year were sedans, and the advanced design and new technology offered in this upgrade is further proof of Toyota’s commitment to ‘Kaizen’, the process of continuous improvement.”