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Toyota Corolla Overview
The Toyota Corolla is a long standing car that has been in production from 1966 and is still in production today. The Toyota Corolla is classed as a subcompact or compact car, depending on which version and is produced by the Japanese motor company Toyota. This car is officially the best selling car ever, overtaking the VW Beetle, with more than 39 million sold to date. There have been some major changes to this car throughout the years and has been available in several different variations.
Toyota Corolla History
The first generation (1966-70) was introduced in 1966 and only had the 1.1L engine available, and the hatchback version was released in 1968.
The second generation (1970-74) version had a rounder looking body and two engines were added to the range, the 1.4 and 1.6L as well as some new versions.
The third generation (1974-79) was again made rounder and also a bit heavier than its predecessor. An updated version came about in 1976.
The fourth generation (1979-83) went with a much squarer body design to go with popular fashion trends of the time. It had a re-design to the grille and lights.
The fifth generation (1983-87) introduced a 1.8L diesel engine to the range and was the first version to use front wheel drive. The body design was again slightly changed, keeping the square edged design though.
The sixth generation (1987-91) was a more rounded design; making it more aerodynamic and many engines were available from 1.3 up to the supercharged version.
The seventh generation (1991-95) was the first version to be classed as a compact, and come out the subcompact class. It was a very round, aerodynamic design.
The eighth generation (1995-2000) saw a new design for the Corolla and some new features as technologies advanced.
The ninth generation (2000-06) had a real model design compared with its predecessors.
The tenth generation (2006-12) changed the look again slightly.
The eleventh generation (2012 - present) is the current version on the market and is slightly smaller than its predecessor.
As the engine range has changed over the years, and technologies have advanced greatly, the economy of the Corolla has been greatly improved. There has been a 1.4, 1.8 and 2.0L diesel version and 1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.8 and 2.0 petrol engines. The most economical of the range is the 1.4 diesel which offers up to 58mpg.
There have been many automatic and manual gearboxes across the range with a new CVT gearbox available for the later versions. Have a look at the Toyota gearbox section of our website to locate your Corolla gearbox parts.
If you need parts for your Corolla then look no further. We have a great network of Breakers who are waiting for your orders. Visit our Corolla parts page or enter your vehicle details in our part finder to begin your search.