The Toyota Corolla is the longest-running model in Toyota’s lineup, as it debuted in the U.S. in 1968 – two years after it made its debut in Japan. Through the years, the Corolla has remained the same compact model, but has undergone several format changes – coupe, wagon, sedan, etc. The Corolla was at one time the entry-level model for Toyota, but is now only the entry-level sedan, as the Yaris now stands as Toyota’s entry model. There is no scheduled redesign for the Corolla in the near future, though a Tourer – station wagon – version has been caught testing.
Just when you thought that Toyota was finally turning the corner after all its recall woes this year, here comes news that the manufacturer is once again issuing a (voluntary) safety recall involving approximately 1.13 million units of 2005-2008 Toyota Corolla and Toyota Matrix vehicles.
According to Toyota, the recall is being issued in the US in large part because of a potential defect in the cars’ Engine Control Modules (ECM).
According to Toyota: “On vehicles equipped with the 1ZZ-FE engine and two-wheel drive, there is a possibility that a crack may develop at certain solder points or on the electronic component used to protect circuits against excessive voltage (varistor), on the ECM’s circuit board. In most cases, if a crack occurs at certain solder points or on certain varistors, the check engine may illuminate, harsh shifting could result, or the engine may not start. In limited instances, if cracking occurs on particular solder points or varistors, the engine could stop while the vehicle is being driven.”
Toyota Europe has come with a few changes for the 2010 Corolla. Set to go on sale in May, the 2010 Corolla will get a new exterior design, enhanced perceived interior quality, advanced technology, and Toyota Optimal Drive for all the engines.
Starting with the exterior, the 2010 Corolla will feature a redesigned bumper, radiator grille and lower grille, new headlamps, revised license plate garnish, combination lamps, bumper, and low-level reflectors have been incorporated. The car sits on a new, sportier 16” wheel cap and alloy wheel design.
On the interior, Toyota added a new, flat bottomed steering wheel, finished in leather on higher grade models, featuring a thicker, more comfortable grip cross-section, the instrument panel and door handle trim are now finished in a more sophisticated, high-brightness silver coating. The same high quality finish is also available on the centre console and door switch surrounds.
The engine line-up will include a choice of 1.33 litre Dual VVT-i and 1.6 litre Valvematic petrol engines, and 1.4 and 2.0 litre D-4D diesel units, all of them getting Toyota Optimal Drive.
We knew it was going to happen; we just didn’t realize it would happen so soon. With the launch of the new Apple iPad, Soundman Auto has decided to be the first to install one in their car. This video shows the first chapter in a series of videos that will follow the installation of the Apple iPad in a Toyota Corolla owned by Doug Bernards. The install will involve a McIntosh 6 channel amplifier MCC406M, and a special iPod dock which allows the digital signal to be pulled from the iPad and distributed to the Audison BitOne processor via optical output. We don’t exactly know how safe this will be considering the mounting numbers of car accidents due to electronic distraction. According to the National Safety Council, twenty-eight percent of traffic accidents occur when people talk on cell phones or send text messages while driving. We have to wonder how much this percentage will increase if people start installing iPads into their vehicles. Don’t get us wrong, it’s cool to see what these car fanatics will do next, but we just don’t think installing an iPad in a car is very smart especially if you will be installing it in a Corolla. A Corolla…really? Anyway, check out the video. These guys can do some nice, clean work. We definitely have to give credit where credit is due on that aspect.
It seems that no matter what they do to appease its client base, the ‘Toyota Tragedy’ just keeps going full steam ahead. By now, most of you already know about the global recall of over 10 million Toyotas over sticky accelerator pedals has sunk the Japanese auto giant into quite arguably the greatest crisis in its history. If that wasn’t enough, Toyota was recently forced to recall hundreds of thousands of their hybrid Prius and the Lexus HS 250h , this time over growing concerns regarding the two models’ braking system.
Now, it’s beginning to look like the Toyota Corolla is set to join in adding to Toyota’s misery after it was reported that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is looking into a number of complaints filed by motorists over a supposed electric steering problem among 2009 and 2010 Corollas. So far, Toyota has received 83 complaints regarding the steering problems of the Corolla, which, according to the complainants “has the tendency to veer right or left at speeds of over 40mph”, making it hard to stay in one lane and forcing drivers to over-compensate their grips on the steering wheel . According to Automotive News, the steering defect of the Corolla has already caused 10 accidents and six injuries.
As you may know, the Corolla is already one of the eight models that Toyota has recalled over those sticky accelerator pedals and if the NHTSA does find merit to the increasing number of complaints regarding the ‘twitchy’ steering wheels, then Toyota’s problems just a got a whole lot messier.
The Cash for Clunkers program has been a blessing for the US auto industry. Not only have sales of vehicles picked up since the program opened its doors, but manufacturers – whether intentionally or not – have engaged in some sort of ‘race’ as to what car model comes out as the number one sold for the duration of the program.
Last week, we reported that the Ford Focus was leading the pack but now, it appears that we have a new pole-sitter in the form of the Toyota Corolla . It’s no surprise that the Corolla has been raking in strong numbers under the program - it’s only the best-selling car ever!
There’s no shame in second place for the Focus, especially if you’re going up against a car that’s sold once every 40 seconds(!) Third place goes the ever-popular Honda Civic while fourth and fifth places belong to the Corolla’s cousins, the Toyota Prius and the Toyota Camry, respectively.
Just when Toyota opened its doors to a new partner in Aston Martin , it closed another door on a 25-year partnership with General Motors.
With news circulating that the Japanese auto giant and Aston Martin have forged a partnership together to produce Toyota’s iQ car in the UK under the Aston Martin brand, it came as a surprise to a lot of people when General Motors announced that it would discontinue its relationship and forego its ownership stake in the New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. (NUMMI) partnership the Detroit-based automaker created with Toyota 25 years ago.
GM’s announcement came on the heels of its decision to completely drop the Pontiac brand from its roster of cars – a decision that has virtually made the Nummi plant in Fremont California, where the Pontiac Vibe was being produced, meaningless to GM.
The Japanese automaker Toyota will bring a handful of their remarkable racing cars to the Goodwood Festival of Speed, July 3-5. The three day event is Europe’s answer to Monterey Historic Races that take place every year at Laguna Seca. The event allows racing enthusiasts to get an up close look at everything from classic competition cars to the racecars of tomorrow and allows these machines the opportunity to do what it is that they do best when they race against the clock and the hill.
The sombrero wearing import carmaker will be showing off a Lexus LF-A super car and a TF108 , last year’s unrestricted F1 car complete with the German Timo Glock behind the controls. Making almost as much power as the F1 machine, Toyota will also bring a four wheel drive Celica GT4-X developed by English based tuners Fensport. The Celica makes 700 HP and can make consistent 10 second quarter mile passes all day long.
Rally enthusiasts will be happy to know that their will be a pair of classic Group B Celicas as well as the car that won them the Manufacturer’s Championship in 1999, a WRC Corolla. Alain Prost’s championship ice racing Toyota Auris will also be on hand, the car is built to look like the compact city car, except the racecar is built from carbon fiber and features a tuned 3.0 Liter V6. There will also be a couple of Can-Am and Le Mans racers on hand as well.
However, it will be Gazoo Racing’s V10-powered Lexus LF-A endurance racer , coming straight from competing in the Nurburgring 24, along with an IS-F that competed in the same race twice around the clock, that will be one of the main attractions on the hill climb course, making an appearance at the Earl of March’s annual gathering.
The Toyota Corolla is the best selling car of all time. It earned this honor by being economical and reliable. Both qualities are great for choosing a commuter car, but are rarely used to describe a performance vehicle.
Turns out Toyota does have a little bit of soul for its everyday car. Premiering at the Tokyo Auto Salon was the Super GT300’s, and this is not your grandmother’s car. It’s powered by a 3.5l V6 engine that delivers 300hp, and weights a light 1100 kg (2420 lbs). It will make its official launch in the 2009 Super GT racing series.
The Corolla is the car that made Toyota a household name. For over forty years, Corolla has meant reliable transportation at an affordable price. The current generation is not breaking this winning formula, and its trying to add a little luxury into the affordable car mix.
The Corolla was first introduced as a small rear-drive subcompact in the late 1960s. In the 1970s the second generation was introduced, and it was the best selling import in the country. Last year, the now front-wheel drive Corolla became the best selling model in the world, with over 30 million sold. Toyota has released a new generation of the Corolla every four or five years, which has now lead up to this new tenth-generation 2009 Toyota Corolla. The new Corolla is slightly longer, lower and wider than the previous generation. It is available in five trims, base, LE, S, XLE, and XRS. Our Corolla XLE is powered by a 1.8 Liter 4 cylinder DOHC engine matted to an automatic 4-speed transmission. The starting price for the Corolla XLE is $17, 550. Our test vehicle is priced at $18,600, because it has the optional goodies including 6-disc CD changer and satellite radio.
Toyota announced manufacturer’s suggested retail prices (MSRP) today for the all-new 2009 Corolla and Matrix, along with the 2008 FJ Cruiser Trail Teams Special Edition. The Corolla base MSRP will range from $15,250 to $19,950 while the Matrix will range from $16,190 to $21,850. MSRPs do not include a delivery, processing and handling fee of $660. Both models will begin arriving at dealerships next month.