Small busi­ness car

New Zealand Company Vehicle - - CONTENTS -

TWELVE gen­er­a­tions in and still go­ing strong – Toy­ota’s HB Corolla has seen the Big T brand do per­haps the most com­pre­hen­sive up­date on what is ar­guably one of the most pop­u­lar small cars in the world to­day. Big claim? Not so much. Ac­cord­ing to Toy­ota New Zealand, a Corolla is sold some­where in Toy­ota’s global mar­ket of over 150 coun­tries ev­ery 15 sec­onds. Which means by the time you’ve read this para­graph, an­other two Corol­las will have found new homes. Most likely, if those homes are in New Zealand, there is a high prob­a­bil­ity those homes will ei­ther be in the rental in­dus­try or as part of a busi­ness fleet. Yes, Corol­las have found favour in the past as house­hold cars for the pri­vate sec­tor, and for the HB, they will likely do so again, but given the re­cent na­ture of the re­lease, it’s a safe bet to pre­dict busi­ness sales as be­ing the spring­board for Toy­ota’s top seller. Corolla has al­ways seen a con­sis­tent evo­lu­tion in shape and styling – which in it­self is quite a trick over a 12-gen­er­a­tion lifes­pan – and the lat­est model is no dif­fer­ent. It has the same ba­sic shape of the pre­ced­ing model, but its sleeker, sportier and dare we say, more ag­gres­sive than its pre­de­ces­sor. The model range has be­come more fo­cused too, with two hy­brid mod­els now bol­ster­ing the line up with three con­ven­tional petrol ver­sions mak­ing up the range. For the 12th gen­er­a­tion Corolla, Toy­ota has gone deep into new en­gine de­vel­op­ment to pro­duce the M20A, two-litre en­gine which re­duces fuel con­sump­tion and green­house gas emis­sions, while in­creas­ing torque and power out­puts over the pre­vi­ous smaller dis­place­ment 1.8-litre unit, thanks to di­rect in­jec­tion en­gine tech­nol­ogy. The most oc­cu­pant sig­nif­i­cant as­pect of the new gen­er­a­tion Corolla how­ever, is the in­clu­sion of the Toy­ota Safety Sense pack­age, which in­te­grates au­to­matic high beam dip­ping, lane de­par­ture alert with steer­ing as­sist, lane cen­ter­ing func­tion, dy­namic radar cruise con­trol with in­di­ca­tor-linked speed con­trol, road sign as­sist, lane trace as­sist pedes­trian and cy­clist de­tec­tion. Add to this satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion with real time traf­fic up­date, heads up dis­play and wire­less de­vice charg­ing as well as all the equip­ment you would ex­pect to find on a con­tem­po­rary ve­hi­cle and its easy to see that Corolla looks set to con­tinue its run at the top of the small car mar­ket in this coun­try.

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