Launched on November 5, 1966 Toyota Corolla completed 50 years in existence on Saturday having sold nearly 44.3 million units across the world. Over its 50 year journey, the Corolla is now in its 11th Generation. Introduced to India in 2003, more than 1 lakh units have already been sold.
The Japanese automaker Toyota intended to launch an affordable car for an average family and first launched ‘Publica’ in Japan however lack of interest sent the car maker back to the drawing board and the next product was a sportier more stylish sedan – the two-door Corolla.
Within 3 years of its introduction in Japan, the Corolla became a top-selling car. Following the success in Japan, the Corolla has been launched in 150 countries and is manufactured in 13 countries.
The Toyota Corolla sold in India is offered in petrol and diesel engine options with the petrol version powered by a 1.8-litre VVT-i engine while the diesel version gets a 1.4-litre D-4D engine. Both engine versions come along with six-speed manual and seven-speed CVT unit. The Indian Toyota Corolla is expected to get a cosmetic upgrade sometime in the next year.