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First Drive: 2014 Corolla Launched In South

The 2014 Toyota Corolla is the generation since 1966 and in time more than 40 units have been worldwide. In South Africa number has reached 980 000 following its introduction in the mid 70s and, just November, the 1 millionth example off the production line at the company’s Plant in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. It’s big numbers that make the Corolla such a big car, and a car Toyota SA Motors sees as key in its market share growth in despite a forecast of sideways or vehicle sales.

Toyota their new Corolla as ‘assertive’, and little reason to argue. lines and bolder surfaces run the of the longer wheelbase, while a roof height and wider front grille both add to the lower looking stance. In terms, the new Corolla is 80 mm longer, 15 mm and 5 mm lower than its predecessor. The overhang has been reduced by 25 mm, the overhang increased by 5 mm and the wheelbase by a substantial 100 mm.

It’s the larger wheelbase affords generous interior whether in the front, rear or area (452-litres). An upright dashboard, as opposed to the wrap-around or type that has become popular, also goes way to creating a roomier cabin. seats are standard with all but the ‘Esteem’ specification, while Sprinter and Exclusive trim add equipment ranging from to a TFT colour touch-screen infotainment reverse parking camera, mirrors, cruise control and

Three petrol engines and one diesel engine are available. The D-4D turbocharged 4-cylinder is new to the range and effectively replaces the 2.0-litre unit as the sole offering. With 66 kW and 205 Nm, the 1.4 delivers a cycle fuel consumption of 4.5 l/100km and CO2 emissions below the tax at 119 g/km. The 1.3-, 1.6- and petrol engines all feature Variable Valve Timing-intelligent VVT-i) for a blend of performance and The 1.3-litre generates 73 kW and 128 Nm, with cycle fuel consumption of 6.0 and CO2 emissions of 139 g/km.

The 1.6-litre generates 90 kW and 154 Nm, with cycle fuel consumption of 6.6 and CO2 emissions of 157 g/km. Paired the new Multidrive S CVT transmission, the Corolla 1.6 6.3 l/100km and 150 g/km of CO2. The 1.8 Dual VVT-i delivers 103 kW, 173 Nm and fuel consumption of 7.0 l/100km, or 6.4 when mated to the Multidrive S

Performance across the range is as from the Corolla nameplate, is to say ‘adequate’. Acceleration from 0 – 100 varies between 12.6 for the small capacity 1.3 Dual to 10.2 seconds for the 1.8 with S.

The Multidrive S CVT transmission offers modes: fully automatic; or sequential. The automatic mode the transmission making the best use of torque and power at all times, by accelerator pedal angle, speed and braking force. In mode, the CVT ‘box ensures the gear ratio relates to the speed for the best response, requiring engine compression or The sequential mode offers 7 close ratios, which the can change between via the shift for control of the transmission. This is a feature for sportier driving or, for when overtaking or towing (up to and a single gear ratio is

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The Cape Town launch a range of driving environments, urban to extra urban and afternoon stop/start city Having sampled all powerplants bar the 1.3, it has to be said that the capacity turbocharged diesel the biggest impression. On paper the don’t appear particularly especially when considering the weighs 1.7-tonnes, but the newest D-4D requires surprisingly few shifts to maintain a comfortable speed, whilst still enough power in reserve for


The 2014 Corolla has been redesigned for improved driving and safety. The body shell is lighter (5.7 kg), but is rigid than before. The of MacPherson struts in front and beam axle at the rear, with new suspension geometry features, among other 35 mm thicker shock absorbers, the Corolla a compliant and composed

In combination with 55 profile fitted to all Prestige specification even some of the Cape’s country roads passed the Corolla with little The same goes for the transmission, shifts through the cogs and efficiently. Granted, the introductory didn’t provide an opportunity to the car a work out, but the chassis light on its proverbial feet, the car well and the steering responds

The 2014 Corolla meets safety standards, having a 5-star Euro NCAP rating. In addition to the more and therefore secure, body standard equipment across the includes: 7 passenger airbags; Braking System (ABS); Brake Force Distribution and Brake Assist (BAS). protection has also been through the integration of special absorbent structures into the bumper, grille, fenders and

In its 47 years the Corolla has become one of the most successful motoring and first impressions, along Toyota’s keen initial mean it would be foolish to the 11th generation will be less.

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