Cape Town - Toyota South Africa has launched an all-new Corolla here.
The newcomer is being produced at Toyota's Prospecton plant for local and export sales. Both left- and right-hand drive models are being built at Prospecton.
Since launch in 1966 almost 32 million Corollas have been sold worldwide.
The new Corolla is a product of Toyota's design centre in Japan and shares its all-new basic platform with the recently announced Auris hatch.
It comes with a choice of four engines and for the first time there is also the option of diesel power.
Three specification grades are offered with the 'Professional' and 'Advanced' grades applicable to the 1.4 litre and 1.6 litre capacity derivatives and 'Advanced' and 'Exclusive' grades offered together with 1.8 litre petrol and 2.0 litre diesel models.
Toyota's second generation Multi-Mode Manual Transmission (M-MT) is offered on the Corolla 1.6 Advanced derivative. A four-speed fully automatic transmission is offered as an option on the Corolla 1.8 Exclusive.
All models are fitted with air-conditioning - a manual system on the 'Professional' and 'Advanced' grades and an automatic system on the 'Exclusive' grade.
An audio system is also standard across the range. At the 'Professional' grade the audio system comprises of a RDS Radio/CD combination with six speakers and MP3 compatibility. On the 'Advanced' and 'Exclusive' grades a RDS Radio/CD combination with 6-CD changer and MP3 compatibility is fitted.
The Corolla 1.8 Exclusive and the Corolla 2.0D-4D Exclusive models are equipped with a 'Smart Entry and Start' system. This detects the presence of the vehicle 'key' within a range of about 1 metre from the vehicle and enables automatic unlocking of the driver's door and engine start up without inserting a key.
When the driver (carrying the key) touches the door handle a sensor automatically releases the door locks. Once inside, the vehicle can be started by simply pressing the 'Start' button on the dashboard.
All other models are equipped with remote central locking.
A comprehensive safety package, which includes an array of airbags and ABS brakes, come standard across the range too.
Service intervals are 15 000km A 5yr/90 000km service plan is included in the price.
Wheels24 will publish driving impressions and more info of the new Corolla later this week.
Corolla 1.4 Professional: R149 500
Corolla 1.4 Advanced: R164 600
Corolla 1.6 Professional: R164 900
Corolla 1.6 Advanced: R177 900
Corolla 1.6 Advanced M-MT: R182 900
Corolla 1.8 Advanced: R184 900
Corolla 1.8 Exclusive: R207 500
Corolla 1.8 Exclusive A/T: R215 900
Corolla 2.0D-4D Advanced: R203 900
Corolla 2.0D-4D Exclusive: R226 600