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Toyota Introduces New 10th-Generation Corolla in Japan


Toyota Corolla
Plain Styling Hides First-Rate Technology Features

Ten generations and forty years on, Toyota has launched the all-new Corolla in Japan. As usual, Toyota seems to have created a unique car for the compact models three main markets; Asia, Europe and North America, so whats seen here might not make it to our shores, and definitely wont become Europes Corolla replacement, the Auris. Nevertheless, its worth having a good look at a different version of an American staple.

Firstly, the new Japanese Corolla will be offered in wagon and sedan guise. In terms of appearance, neither vehicle is particularly exiting to look at; both are conservatism epitomized. In fact, the Axio is exactly the same size, millimeter for millimeter as the outgoing car, with the exception that its 0.4 inches shorter in height. Toyota seems to have completely abandoned its Vibrant Clarity styling language with this one; from the back the Corolla carries many of the same lines as the Yaris Sedan, with a sweeping C-pillar that flows into a short trunk lid.

Inside, the Japanese brand has taken inspiration from rival Honda to improve interior versatility and roominess. The Corollas cabin, which was already spacious, has become even more roomy thanks to better interior packaging and a flat cabin floor. Toyota has updated the design of the dashboard and console; it might not be daring like the Honda Civic, but itll be hard to criticize the quality of materials and fit and finish. Where competitors aim to be sporty, the Corolla strives to feel like a scaled-down luxury car, offering glossy wood trim, orange-colored illumination for gauges and controls, plus the availability of leather, premium navigation and other high-end features.

Initial information released by Toyota suggests that the underpinnings of the Corolla are more or less the same. Toyota is highlighting two new engines, a 1.5-liter VVT-I four-cylinder that makes 110 horsepower and 103 lb-ft of torque, plus a brand-new 136-horsepower 1.8-liter VVT-I with 129 lb-ft of torque. The second engine made its debut in the high-performance Yaris TS at Paris, featuring dual variable valve timing for the intake and exhaust valves to improve efficiency, torque distribution and cleanliness. Toyota is making its brand new Super CVT-I with 7-speed manual mode available on both of these engines.

The tenth-generation Corolla doesnt cross any lines in design, performance or luxury, but one thing it certainly raises the bar on is technology, and its ability to bring it to the masses for what is expected to be low price. Available on this new model is a rearview camera system to aid in reverse parking, something weve yet to see on a vehicle of this size; likewise is the available radar-based adaptive cruise control system. But thats just the beginning. Like the Japanese-market Prius and the new Lexus LS 460, the Corolla can be had with the same intelligent self-parking system that takes the hassle out of slotting into a tight parking space, as well as a Lexus-like collision mitigation system that uses radar to detect an impending collision. The car will automatically apply the brakes, tighten the seatbelt and

We shouldnt expect such features in the North American-bound Corolla, that is unless fuel prices rise further and force those looking for luxury to downsize significantly.

design, performance or luxury, but one thing it certainly raises the bar on is technology, and its ability to bring it to the masses for what is expected to be low price. Available on this new model is a rearview camera system to aid in reverse parking, something weve yet to see on a vehicle of this size; likewise is the available radar-based adaptive cruise control system. But thats just the beginning. Like the Japanese-market Prius and the new Lexus LS 460, the Corolla can be had with the same intelligent self-parking system that takes the hassle out of slotting into a tight parking space, as well as a Lexus-like collision mitigation system that uses radar to detect an impending collision. The car will automatically apply the brakes, tighten the seatbelt and

We shouldnt expect such features in the North American-bound Corolla, that is unless fuel prices rise further and force those looking for luxury to downsize significantly.

Automobile.com





Toyota Introduces New 10th-Generation Corolla in Japan
Japanese Import Car, New & Used Car, 2007