Toy­ota Corolla

Toy­ota’s Corolla has long been a Kiwi favourite, and shows no signs of stop­ping, as Sean Will­mot found out in Toy­ota Town – Palmer­ston North.

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This sen­tence took me fif­teen sec­onds to type. In that time, other than prov­ing I would suck as a per­sonal sec­re­tary, some­where around the world some­one bought a Toy­ota Corolla. Read that top sen­tence again… ding! An­other Corolla sold. And here’s an­other as­tound­ing fact: since 1966 – when Corolla was first launched – one in ev­ery five cars sold around the world has a Corolla, which makes for a to­tal 44.1 mil­lion Corol­las sold since 1966. We’re look­ing at the 12th gen­er­a­tion of the Corolla and – while we may not have had a vast in­put into Corol­las around the rest of the world, its fair to say we did play a part in its lo­cal devel­op­ment. Back in 1983, Corolla was in gen­er­a­tion 5 and a New Zealand de­signer, Ms Jan Beck co or­di­nated the in­te­rior colours of the Corolla while For­mula One rac­ing driver Chris Amon tuned the sus­pen­sion. While Beck and Amon are no longer with us, (passed away in 2012 and 2016 re­spec­tively), their in­put into the Corolla’s Kiwi his­tory will likely out­live the Corolla it­self. After all, here we are at gen­er­a­tion 12 Corolla, and the in­put of our two Kiwi leg­ends is still be­ing spo­ken about, not with­out rev­er­ence ei­ther. So, with the req­ui­site ac­knowl­edge­ment in place, what can we tell you about the lat­est Corolla? Well, be­fore we get to the what makes Corolla 2019 tick, it’s worth look­ing at a cou­ple of as­pects of where Corolla sells and to whom in New Zealand. It has for ex­am­ple been in the top three Small to Medium pri­vate sales from 2010 to 2018 and has pre­dom­i­nantly led the mar­ket in this seg­ment. In the Small to Medium gov­ern­ment sec­tor, Corolla has con­clu­sively been the num­ber one car for 2010 to 2018. One last one: Small to Medium top three rental mod­els for 201 to 2018, want to guess? Yep, Corolla by a huge ma­jor­ity. And let’s not even go into the used im­port mar­ket. Which brings us to the cur­rent gen­er­a­tion 12 – what’s new? The Corolla now shares the Toy­ota New Global Ar­chi­tec­ture (TNGA) plat­form as the Prius and the C-HR with a lower cen­tre of grav­ity and an all new rear and re­vised front sus­pen­sion for im­proved han­dling. There’s now an ex­panded line-up with three con­ven­tional petrol en­gines (no diesels) and two hy­brids. Un­der the bon­net of the con­ven­tion­ally-fu­elled Corol­las is a two-litre en­gine with di­rect and port in­jec­tion dual vari­able valve tim­ing and in­tel­li­gent vari­able valve tim­ing to en­hance out­put and ef­fi­ciency run­ning through a 10-speed CVT au­to­matic. The hy­brids run a 1.8 litre-petrol en­gine with two gen­er­a­tors for elec­tric only drive, com­bined petrol and elec­tric drive and to gen­er­ate elec­tric­ity for recharg­ing the bat­tery. And yes, while the hy­brids com­mand a slight price pre­mium, the re­al­ity is that the pre­mium is not so high. The GX hy­brid for ex­am­ple is only $500 over the price of the SX petrol (a grade higher than the GX) and the ZR hy­brid $1000 over the ZR petrol. Con­sid­er­ing what you’ll save in fuel, well, you can work out the math ac­cord­ing to your driver’s con­sump­tion fig­ures. While the hy­brid tech is cer­tainly a Corolla high­point, new Corolla has been im­bued with com­pre­hen­sive safety sys­tems, and it is th­ese sys­tems – com­bined with the high level of com­fort and con­ve­nience fea­tures in the con­tem­po­rary in­te­rior which will se­cure Corolla’s on­go­ing fu­ture. Wrapped up in a bun­dle re­ferred to as the Toy­ota Safety Sense pack­age, sys­tems in­clude au­ton­o­mous emer­gency brak­ing, dy­namic radar cruise con­trol and au­to­matic high beam lights along with a pre-crash safety sys­tem. This is sim­i­lar to the TSSP on­board Camry, but for Corolla, in­cludes Lane Trac­ing As­sist and Road Sign As­sist. LTA re­places the pre­vi­ous sys­tem and al­lows steer­ing as­sist, ve­hi­cle sway warn­ing and lane cen­ter­ing in ad­di­tion to pro­vid­ing warn­ings. The road sign as­sis­tance sys­tem dis­plays cur­rent road speeds to the driver, a more use­ful func­tion than many might think. Nat­u­rally, safety sys­tems like re­vers­ing cam­eras, sta­bil­ity con­trol, trac­tion con­trol, brake as­sist, ABS and EBD and seven airbags are stan­dard across the range. Pric­ing : GX 2.0 Petrol Hatch CVT $29,990 SX 2.0 Petrol Hatch CVT $32,490 ZR 2.0 Petrol Hatch CVT $37,490 GX 1.8 Hy­brid Hatch E-CVT $32,990 ZR 1.8 Hy­brid Hatch E-CVT $38,490

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