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Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Toyota 2011 Corolla goes on sale in December 2010 with competitors everywhere in the compact-car segment. Chevrolet Cruze, upcoming Hyundai Elantra, Honda Civic, and Ford Focus,… Toyota’s top-selling Corolla is facing challenges to its leadership from all sides. My bet is that it continues to prevail.2011 Corolla

To keep the Corolla competitive, Toyota is updating the car’s exterior looks and adding safety features,… it has decided to delete the more powerful powertrain as well as streamline and remove trim offerings.

The current Corolla has been on the market for nearly three years. Since then Toyota has changed its brand’s trademark design cues, many which are now featured on the 2011 Corolla. The Corolla gets a new front bumper, grille, lower intake design, headlights, trunklid, rear bumper and taillamps. Overall, the look is more aggressive than its predecessor.

The S trim adds a front spoiler, rocker panels and a rear spoiler. This is the trim pictured above.

Of course, every 2011 Corolla comes with Toyota’s Star Safety System, which includes electronic stability control and traction control, ABS, electronic brake force distribution, and brake assist, all working to keep Corolla on it’s intended path. In addition, a brake-override system and tire pressure monitoring system are added to the safety suite this year. They weren’t available on the 2010 model.

The 2011 Corolla comes equipped only with a base 132-horsepower four-cylinder with either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. The high-end 2.4-liter four-cylinder and five-speed automatic transmission are no longer available.

Toyota says fuel economy should come in at an estimated 28/35 mpg city/highway with the manual transmission and 26/34 mpg city/highway with the automatic. That would be an improvement of 2 mpgs city for the manual transmission and the same mileage for the existing 1.8-liter automatic model.

There aren’t a lot of changes for the inside of the Corolla. The S trim gets a new flat-bottomed steering wheel and there are also new seat colors and patterns available.

The 2011 Corolla will be available in Standard, LE and S trims. The XLE and XRS trims are gone.

Every Corolla comes standard with 15-inch wheels, air conditioning with filtration, daytime running lights, power mirrors and 36 months/36,000 miles free basic maintenance. The LE trim adds power windows and locks, keyless entry, a six-speaker audio system with an MP3 jack, and heated side mirrors. The S trim adds 16-inch alloy wheels, a sport trim appearance, sport bucket seats, chrome exhaust, and six- and four-way adjustable front passenger seats.

A moonroof, USB port, satellite radio and Bluetooth connectivity are optional.  Toyota has yet to announce pricing on the new Corolla, which will go on sale in December 2010.

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Monday, June 28th, 2010

Toyota’s decision to build the Corolla in Mississippi is a smart move, especially as competition looks to heat up in the smaller-vehicle market, analysts say.corolla-5million_500x375

Toyota announced last week it will build the Corolla, the compact segment’s top-selling vehicle, starting next fall at its plant under construction in Blue Springs, Ms.

With automotive sales showing signs of recovery, Toyota is wise to focus its newest U.S. production facility on a staple of its lineup. “Given Corolla’s importance in the Toyota world, it’s important for them to increase capacity,” analysts say.

The Corolla follows only the Camry in U.S. sales for the world’s largest automaker and is the number 1 selling car in the world.

Corolla production was shipped to Japan when the company shuttered a California plant last year.

Toyota officials said Thursday that the Blue Springs plant gives them the best opportunity to quickly restart production domestically. Toyota will be ramping up Corolla production at a time when other automakers are taking bolder steps into the smaller-vehicle market.

In addition to regular competitors such as the Honda Civic, a new version of the Hyundai Elantra is coming this year, while the Ford Fiesta and Focus and the Chevrolet Cruze also will be major players among smaller cars. Toyota is challenged in that they’re introducing an older vehicle (among) a lot of flashy new vehicles. They are also in a vulnerable position because you have the domestics, Ford and General Motors that are feeling strong right now with Hyundai, Kia and VW in Chattanooga trying to nip at their heels.

Toyota keeps redesign schedules close to the vest, but it is estimated that a totally new Corolla to be released in 2013. There are reports that say the Corolla produced next fall in Blue Springs will likely have a new front and other design updates.

From January to May, 110,132 Corollas were sold in the United States, besting the competition. Honda was a close second with 109,643 Civics sold in the same period. Honda will launch a new generation Civic next year.

Corolla is the third vehicle planned for Blue Springs. Originally, the plant was to build the Highlander SUV then the Prius hybrid. But the small-vehicle sector has greater growth potential than the hybrid sector, in large part because of increased competition. Between now and 2014, those sales should grow by about 5 million units. The hybrid market’s fortunes are linked to the cost of gas.

When fuel prices climbed above $4 two summers ago, hybrid vehicles got long looks from car buyers and Toyota Dealers werre stacked up with sales orders. With prices below $2.50 in Mississippi and elsewhere, though, emotions have cooled and they’ve lost some luster.

Toyota officials said Thursday that Prius production will remain centered in Japan.

The automaker also will have to successfully market its 44-year-old Corolla brand to a younger breed of car buyer who isn’t as loyal to a particular make and model as boomer-age buyers. The Corolla, does sell well among younger buyers. But could it be seen as representing “their parents’ brand” as those buyers look for the most quality and up-to-date features at the lowest price?

Used Car:Toyota Corolla With 603,500 Miles In Five Years! Yours Could Too!

Monday, June 14th, 2010

If you are looking for a used car or used cars for sale instead of a new car, look no further for an example than this Toyota Corolla!


A Florida Man’s common commuter car, common that is if you discount the fact that his Toyota Corolla S has racked up 603,500 miles in the past five years commuting about 230 miles each work day to and from his job, is certainly noteworthy…The truth though, is that most Toyotas new cars or used cars for sale are capable of very high mileage and low maintenance.

In a year when Toyota has gotten some bad press for brake and throttle problems and subsequent recalls, the fact that Toyota Connections magazine is doing an article on this gentleman’s Corolla and his marathon commute for a September issue is “great” according to its daily driver. He intends to hang on to it, for a number of reasons.

“It’s so dependable, and quite honestly, I will probably go and hang on to it,,, I want to break a million on it, or pass it down to the children.” said Mr. Ose, an aircraft certification inspector at Gulfstream Aerospace.

The world record for high mileage on a car has been handed to retired New York teacher Irv Gordon’s 1966 Volvo P1800 Coupe, with 2.5 million miles on its original engine.

So Mr. Ose’s Toyota Corolla isn’t fancy. The compact 4-door has a 130-hp four-banger, cost about $14,000 when new, and can manage 30 mpg or more.

Mr. Ose said he bought it while living in Jacksonville, because he needed something cheap and thrifty for those daily commutes to Savannah. He endured the commute for his youngest daughter, Zoe, who has cystic fibrosis and needed to be near a care center at Nemours Children’s Clinic in San Marco.

He works at Gulfstream Aerospace because no job locally has the pay and medical benefits his seniority brings him there. His only concession – moving about a year ago to St. Marys, 45 minutes closer to work, to save some gas and shorten a commute that still starts at 2 or 3 a.m.

So far the Corolla has only needed some rear axle work and “a lot of tire maintenance,” and doesn’t burn any oil.

“Inside’s great. The outside looks great, but it’s a bit scraped from highway miles,” he said. 

Mr. Ose says high mileage runs in the family… He has a minivan with 145,000 miles on it.


Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

The Cash for Clunkers program was a big success for Toyota! That’s great Toyota News August 2009. The program generated 690,000 car sales, with Toyota accounting for 19.4 percent of all sales the U.S. Department of Transportation stated during the last week of August 2009.

The Toyota Corolla was the top seller under Cash for Clunkers, closely followed by Toyota Camry and Toyota Prius. Even recently retired Sen. Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) traded in his 1991 Chevrolet Suburban for a brand-new Toyota Prius, joking, “You don’t see a lot of Republicans driving a Prius.”

About 84 percent of participating consumers traded in trucks with 59% purchasing more fuel-efficient passenger cars such as Toyota Corolla. More great Toyota News August 2009.

You may have heard that Toyota is recalling about 95,700 Toyota and Scion models in 19 Cold-Weather States because of a possible brake problem. Those models covered are some 2009 and 2010 Corolla and Matrix models as well as some 2008 and 2009 Scion XD models with the 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine.

Toyota told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that at “extremely low ambient temperatures”, around -22 degrees F. and lower,  it is possible the brakes could lose their power-assist which would “lead to lengthened vehicle stopping distances.”

The States covered in this recall are Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, Wisconsin, and Wyoming…. 

In a announcement of a different matter and direction, Toyota Motor said Monday it was developing Anti-Drunk Driving Equipment that would lock the ignition of a vehicle if high levels of alcohol are detected in the driver. This Next Generation Ignition Interlock System is very difficult for Drunk Drivers to Fool!
The system features a hand-held breathalyser, equipped with a digital camera, that detects alcohol consumption and photographs the driver’s face for identification, a company statement said.

If the driver tests positive, the system either warns him or her, or locks the vehicle’s ignition depending on the level of alcohol detected, Toyota said.

The carmaker is conducting tests with affiliate truck maker Hino Motors, and will install the equipment in selected trucks and other vehicles of fleet customers that include companies and government organizations.

The device will alert fleet administrators if the driver is detected with excessive alcohol levels, Toyota said.

Stay-Tuned for New 2010 Introductions, New Features, and an All New 2010 4Runner!…