12th Generation Toyota Corolla Rolls Off the Assembly Line in Mississippi
The all-new, 12th-generation 2020 Toyota Corolla has finally rolled off the assembly line in Mississippi, marking the start of a new era for the world’s best-selling car.
Plant president Sean Suggs presented the car to team members and community leaders, as he had done with the first 11th-generation Corolla on Sept. 7, 2013.
Rita Gentry, the mayor of Blue Springs, said the car would be used to support the day-to-day functions of the Blue Springs Police Department.
“We have an extraordinary team in Mississippi building a remarkable vehicle,” Suggs said. “I can honestly say we get better every day, and it’s because of our amazing team members. I can’t wait to see what happens next for our plant, our community, and as we like to say, the Toyota Mississippi Family.”
Related: Learn more about Toyota’s car lineup
More than 2,000 team members work at the plant every day to build the compact sedan, after which it is sold across the Americas and the Caribbean. Around this time last year, Toyota announced a $170 million investment in the plant to prepare building the Corolla, which is based on the Toyota New Global Architecture.
“For over 50 years, Corolla has been synonymous with dependability, fuel efficiency, safety and value. Now, thanks to the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform and Corolla’s wheels-to-roof transformation, stylish, connected, refined and exciting will be used to describe the all-new Corolla,” the company said in a press release.
With more than 46 million vehicles sold globally since it was first introduced in 1966, the Corolla is the best-selling nameplate of all time. For 2020, it will come standard with the company’s brand-new Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 system, an advanced suite of active safety technologies. Given the popularity of the car, the incorporation of the suite as standard equipment can go a long way toward improving overall automotive safety.
Toyota Safety Sense: It comes standard