Monday 6 December 2010
The tenth generation Corolla (E140) was released in Japan on October 10, 2006. The sedan is now known as the Corolla Axio. The Axio name was created from the Greek word "axia", meaning "things with value". The station wagon retains the Corolla Fielder name. To save neck-twisting, the Corolla gets Toyota's latest intelligent parking-assist system. The option costs ¥105,000, or $879 at current exchange rates. A backup camera monitor is standard. The RunX was replaced by the Toyota Auris and the Spacio was discontinued. The Corolla Rumion, a restyled Scion xB, was introduced later.
On Japanese models only, G-BOOK, a subscription telematics service, is offered as an option. The dimensions for the Corolla sold in Japan are smaller than vehicles made for export so as to remain in compliance with Japanese government regulations concerning exterior dimensions and engine displacement.
The global debut of the third variant of the new Corolla was staged at the Beijing Auto Show. This variant, which uses a wider and longer version of the Axio's platform, has styling similar to that of the Camry's while keeping the Axio's interior. The European and Chinese markets are receiving this variant, which is likely to also be sold in Asian and Taiwan markets as the new Altis. The Chinese market Corolla's name was also changed to match the English name in pronunciation.
In Ireland, the E150 series Corolla was launched in December 2006 for sale in January 2007. That made it one of the first countries in the world to receive this model. The saloon version is available along with the Auris (and a carvan Auris Van) with a 1.4 litre 97 bhp (71 kW) 4ZZ-FE petrol engine or a 1.4 litre 90 bhp D-4D diesel engine in Terra, Strata and Luna trim levels (estate is not available). European models are built in Turkey.
Such saloon versions are more popular than the recently launched Auris. Many commentators have likened the styling of the new Corolla to a similarly styled Camry launched in 1996.
However, British buyers are currently only offered the Auris, and there are no known plans for the current Corolla to be sold in Britain. The only saloon currently offered by Toyota in the UK is the Avensis.
- engine: 4 cylinders
- capacity: 1797 cc
- horsepower: 134 HP
- gearbox: 6+1
- top speed: 200 km/h