‘New Girl’ Actress Hannah Simone Fails at Parallel Parking in a Corolla
And other stories as we approach the Corolla’s 50th anniversary
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the world’s best-selling car—the Toyota Corolla—and for some reason Toyota felt it appropriate to begin its marketing of the Corolla’s storied past with the random acknowledgement that Hannah Simone of New Girl fame learned to drive in her father’s “pristinely kept” Corolla. That’s right, we needed that much detail about the cleanliness of Hannah Simone’s father’s Corolla.
I’m not complaining. I love me some Hannah Simone.
Perhaps the only thing Simone doesn’t have going for her? She can’t parallel park. Check out the video below, in which Simone and her father recount the tale of her learning to drive and parallel park in a “champagne gold” Toyota Corolla—and then watch her attempt to parallel park years later. (Spoiler alert: it doesn’t go so well.)
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WATCH: Hannah Simone Tries to Parallel Park
Simone isn’t the only celeb that Toyota has tapped to celebrate the Corolla’s 50th anniversary. Toyota also tells the story of actress Gina Rodriquez (of Jane the Virgin “fame”), who traveled cross-country in a Corolla all the way to Hollywood, to pursue her dreams of stardom. Akio Toyoda even got started with a used 4-door Corolla GT back in the 1980s.
While we gear up for the Corolla’s anniversary this November, Toyota hopes more drivers—famous, Twitter-famous, or neither of the above—will tell their Corolla stories on social media, using the hashtag #Corolla50.
Toyota currently sells about 1.5 million Corollas globally each year, with 16 plants producing the car worldwide. To this day, the Corolla remains the world’s best-selling car.
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- Timothy MooreManaging Editor
Timothy Moore hails from Dayton, Ohio, and tries to bring that Midwestern flavor to his writing. (But as it turns out, no one really likes the Midwestern flavor.) He has been covering the auto industry for years, with several national auto shows under his belt, but he’s been writing about lots of other things (like dragons and Mickey Mouse and cows drowning in milk) since he was just a tot. Outside of the land of cars, Timothy enjoys watching The Office and consuming excessive amounts of peanut butter and beer, and is on the board of an up-and-coming Dayton theatre company called The Playground. And when he’s not on stage (or three jars into a peanut butter binge), Timothy spends time with his mischievous dog, Greyson. See more articles by Timothy.