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2017-04-12 10:04

Sean Parker

PERENNIAL SALES FAVOURITE: Is the 2017 Toyota Corolla the best-looking derivative yet? Image: Warren Wilson

Cape Town - The Toyota Corolla has many accolades; it's the world's best-selling car, surpassing the 40-million mark in 2013. 

In fact, the Japanese firm has sold over a million-units in South Africa alone. 

One thing, it has never been is "good-looking". The reason? Well, Toyota has played it safe with its design for decades in order to appeal to a wider market. Given its commercial success, playing safe definitely paid off. 

In early 2017, the automaker has introduced a refreshed model, and goodness me, it looks good. It's sleek and lithe; two adjectives not normally associated with Corolla (or most Toyota's for that matter). 

So what's new for the 2017 Corolla? 

The headlight clusters and bumpers are revised and its front-end is now more purposeful thanks to horizontal lines across the headlights.

Our test 1.8-litre Executive models adds xenon headlamps as a standard feature and thus the day time driving LED lamps are positioned inside the headlamp cluster. Its design is a 'swish' that for me adds a ton of class to the medium-sized sedan. 

So, while SUVs will continue to eat into sales of sedans like the Corolla, did Toyota wait too long to make best-seller a looker? 

Check out our photo-shoot here: 

Do you agree with the author? Is this the best-looking Corolla ever? Let us know via email or comment in the Instagram post above. 

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