Evolution of the Corolla!

Toyota has gained its reputation for building long lasting cars and it all started with the Corolla. The name Corolla was carefully chosen by Tatsuo Hasegawa, the Chief Engineer at the time, which originates from Latin meaning “crown of flowers.”

For over 50 years the Corolla has stood against the test of time, being an affordable and good quality vehicle. The Corolla was one of the first cars to include safety features like the rear back-up lights. The Toyota Corolla continues to be awarded for its innovation.

Let’s take a travel back in time to see how the Corolla has evolved through the decades!

First Generation:

First Generation (1968-1969)
  • the 1968 Corolla was the smallest car Toyota had sold in America up until that time!
  • Prices started under $1,700…the price of Louis Vuitton bag now!

Second Generation:

1970-1974
  •  The sporty SR5 models with five-speed manual transmissions are introduced

Third Generation:

1975-1978
  • The Catalytic converter included in the Corolla for the first time!
  • New Three-door hatchback was added in 1976

Fourth Generation:

1979-1983
  • In 1983 a new 1.6 liter overhead cam engine was included, offering a smoother, more powerful drive

Fifth Generation:

1984-1987
  • The Corolla GT-S became to a fun-drive-vehicle growing in popularity among drifters

Sixth Generation:

1988-1992
  • An entry level standard sedan is introduced to the line-up

Seventh Generation:

1993-1997
  • In 1993, the Corolla sedan and wagon moved up a size classification from “subcompact” to “compact”
  • By the end of 1997, corolla became the best-selling nameplate in automotive history, kicking its competitor the VW Beetle to the curb.

Eighth Generation:

1998-2002
  • The fuel economy improved by 10% from the previous generation with 31/38 mpg
  • It’s very common to still see an eighth generation Corolla on the road!

Ninth Generation:

2003-2008
  • Designed to attract a younger audience which eventually led to the creation of Scion
  • JBL stereo is added to the option of features

Tenth Generation:

2009-Present
  • The back-up camera becomes a standard feature
  • 2016 Toyota Corolla Received the NHTSA 5-Star Overall Safety Rating
  • 2016 Toyota Corolla Was Named a Best Buy Award Finalist by Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com
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