Kiwi’s love af­fair with the Corolla

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‘‘She finds park­ing spa­ces when­ever we need them, and she gets me home again.’’

New Zealand is home to rugby, ki­wis (the bird), Ki­wis (the peo­ple) and pavlova. It’s also home to a lot of Toy­ota Corol­las.

Na­tion­ally, nearly 150,000 Toy­ota Corol­las are reg­is­tered, ac­cord­ing to NZ Trans­port Agency sta­tis­tics.

That makes the Corolla twice as pop­u­lar as New Zealand’s next favourite, the Suzuki Swift.

The Corolla line is an au­to­mo­bile dy­nasty at this point, hav­ing been around since the 1960s.

It’s the best-selling ve­hi­cle model in the world, and, to this day, has a strong fol­low­ing in Aotearoa.

Frances Hor­ton is one of nearly 10,000 driv­ers on Auck­land’s North Shore who own the re­gion’s most pop­u­lar car -a Toy­ota Corolla.

Hor­ton, from Mairangi Bay, said in the 20 years she has owned her man­ual, moonlight beige 1997 Toy­ota Corolla hatch­back, the car has never let her down.

‘‘We share a mu­tual re­spect. I look af­ter her and make sure she’s a happy Toy­ota. She finds park­ing spa­ces when­ever we need them, and she gets me home again.’’

Hor­ton said her car is loaded with happy mem­o­ries.

North Shore Toy­ota chief ex­ec­u­tive Mark Jago said the ve­hi­cles are pop­u­lar for be­ing safe and eco­nom­i­cal,as well as be­ing cheap to main­tain.

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