• Oct 24, 2005

Well, it's not so much a spy shot as one of Motor Trend's artist renderings, but we've always liked the creative types at MT and they've been known to sketch best guesses that get pretty close to the real thing. This pic appeared in the Sept. 2005 issues and MT Online just recently released it, as well. We bring it to your attention as the small car segment in which the Corolla competes is fiercely competitive, and it's clear from this sketch that Toyota is adopting a new corporate face, at least for small cars, the resembles what we've already seen on the upcoming Yaris.
Quick bit of trivia – the Toyota Corolla is the best selling automoblile of all time, having surpassed the VW Bug in the late Nineties.



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      • 9 Years Ago
      the matrix/vibe is built on the same platform as the corolla (no?) and for all intents and purposes is nearly identical on the inside. it is, however, a few inches shorter i noticed in parking next to one, which is odd. blah blah blah with the corolla being "boring" - it's fine for most people's purposes (not everyone needs to race the guy next to them at a stoplight) and is cheaper than the civic (at least mine was, comparably equipped).
      • 9 Years Ago
      "I'll just walk away from the computer until the commercial ends." I just skipped over to another window, read for a bit, came back, and the commercial was over. At least they aren't dumb enough to ask us to pay for access.
      • 9 Years Ago
      "That having been said, I think the Corolla is a fine car, with superb fuel economy, but shoot me if I ever buy one, it's a car I would recommend to my mom but not to my friends - as boring an appliance as you'll ever see." Agreed!
      Greg Falco
      • 9 Years Ago
      The Corolla should be called the best-selling "nameplate" of all time. Looking at the various Corolla designs and country-specific iterations over the years, most people would have trouble recognizing them as being the "same" car. The VW Beetle, on the other hand, was always unmistakable - whether in the late 1940's or late 1970's. But the car that really deserves the title of best-selling car of all time is the VW Golf. It had actually passed the Beetle's sales numbers before Toyota's claim. And the Golf has also not suffered from the Corolla's multiple-personality disorder.
      • 9 Years Ago
      This rendering was in a MotorTrend almost 3-4months ago.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Toyota need to bring back the RWD Corolla if they did it would be a instant classic
      • 9 Years Ago
      Forgot about the Matrix/Vibe, not sure how closely based on the Corolla it is though. It has available AWD, which the Corolla does not, also the non-AWD versions don't have independent rear suspension, with AFAIK all corollas have had since they went to FWD.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Greaaat business model, Motor Trend... You're now forcing people to watch a 30 second commercial to read a 5 second blurb just because it's in your new subscriber-based "Premium Content" area. I suppose sooner or later, many of these online providers will take the same route eventually, so until then, I'll just walk away from the computer until the commercial ends.