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2013-10-16 14:56

SHINING BRIGHT: Toyota SA is proud to present its all-new Corolla at the 2013 Joburg motor show from Oct 18-22. Image: Quickpic

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - One of the stars at the 2013 Jozi motor show Toyota stand is the all-new Corolla. All-new they say....

The latest Corolla is a "logical evolution of the world’s favourite car and a perennial SA bestseller that, in its 47 years of life, has always been synonymous with functional design, comfort, space, reliability and value", according to the automaker.


The new Corolla, which goes on sale locally in the first quarter of 2014, is all this and more: a brand rich in strong rational and emotional value, which has won over more than 40-million drivers worldwide (close to a million have been sold in SA alone), it now adds the all-important element of excitement to the successful formula. With the 11th generation, the Corolla has reached full maturity.

It has a thrusting nose, prominent chrome grille fins extending into the headlight clusters and bold air intakes. The overall effect is a sleeker, more assertive visage. The rear features wide tail light clusters connected by a chrome licence plate trim. Enhancing this is the C pillar, which features a longer sloping angle that blends into the top plane of the boot lid. A tapered cabin in conjunction with a wide body gives it a strong, hunkered down posture.

The car is 75mm longer, 15mm wider and the wheelbase extended by 100mm, but it's also 5mm shorter. Thanks to the generous increase in wheelbase length coupled with a front seatback that has been ‘slimmed’ down by 10mm and the rear seat moved back by 75mm, the new-gen Corolla will have the best in class rear legroom for its passengers. This is also made possible by the 100mm increased space between the centre console and rear seat while the passenger floor has been flattened by re-routing exhaust pipes.
The Corolla will have four trim grades (names to be disclosed closer to launch) to choose from, catering to all tastes including those with a sportier palate. The mid-grade package, for example, will offer the greatest value for money and be available across all engine derivatives. Niceties will include a back monitor, display audio, leather seats / steering wheel, steering switches and 16" alloy rims.


• The 1.3-litre engine with 73kW/128Nm will be the entry level engine, ideally suited to fleets and those customers where fuel consumption is paramount.
• A new 1.4-litre Turbodiesel 66kW/205Nm unit will be the most affordable diesel model available within the C segment.
• The 1.6-litre engine making 90kW/154Nm is carried over from the current Corolla, however improvements have been made to the fuel consumption and C02 emission figures.
• A 1.8-litre engine with 103kW/173Nm will be the flagship engine.

There will be a choice of gearboxes including a six-speed manual across all engines will be available, as well as a new Multidrive transmission choice for the 1.6 and 1.8. According to Toyota, "engineers have adopted seven stepped gears or shift points into the acceleration and deceleration curves with mild shift-shocks which enables the new Multidrive transmission to mimic familiar characteristics of more traditional automatic gearboxes. Further, a sports driving mode is offered that delivers a more dynamic driving experience with software that alters the shift points as well as the electric power steering."

Safety goods includes revised anti-lock brakes, a high-strength cabin with high-tensile steel, a minimum of four (going up to seven) airbags and new whiplash injury lessening front seats.

Two models are being showcased at Jims – the 1.8 Multidrive in high grade and a 1.4 D in mid grade. More details on the 11th generation Toyota Corolla will be disclosed closer to the launch in 2014.

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