Toyota Corolla History

Toyota Corolla History

Toyota Corolla History


When Toyota first introduced the Corolla to the market in 1966, little did they know that the sedan would manage to become the best-selling car worldwide by 1974. Now, the Corolla continues to make a name for itself, even reaching the milestone of 40 million Corollas sold, ensuring Toyota is a household name.

Early History

Production for the Corolla first began in 1966 and now expands globally with the sedan being manufactured in Japan, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Pakistan, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Turkey, Venezuela, and the United States. This global manufacturing platform is a result of the Corolla becoming the best selling nameplate in the world in 1997.

Recent History

While the early models of the Corolla were mostly rear-wheel drive with a single trim level, the compact sedan now offers front-wheel-drive systems and four different trims—L, LE, LE Eco, and S with the LE Eco boasting a more fuel efficient body style and engine.

Toyota Corolla Fun Facts

  • The name “Corolla” comes from Toyota’s tradition of using names derived from the Toyota Crown, the carmaker’s luxury line of cars, for sedans.
  • Surpassed the Volkswagen Beetle when it became the best selling nameplate in the world in 1997
  • Has eleven generations
  • Sold alongside its twin in Japan, a sedan called the Toyota Sprinter, until 2000
  • Is offered with a hybrid powertrain in Japan

2014 Toyota Corolla Overview