• Dec 4, 2006


We may all knock the domestic manufacturers for keeping moribund platforms around for too long (witness our carping about the US Focus), but let's not forget the elderly Corolla. Toyota has finally taken the old Corolla around back to be shot. At least the European Corolla, that is. Debuting in Europe at the Helsinki Motor Show (its worldwide debut came a few weeks back at the Beijing Motor Show), the 10th generation Corolla for Europe cops its wardrobe from big-brother Camry sold in the States. Toyota looks to be following industry fashion with a lot less glass area (check the height of the rear doors – what is that, earlobe-level?) The purveying thought is that riding around in something akin to a bucket makes people feel more secure. We're not sure how security goes hand in hand with an inability to see out, but whatev.

Looking like the Toyota of today, the Corolla gets the new corporate face, which sorta resembles Joe Camel. The schnoz isn't as downright fugly as the Yaris, though, and the back end is nicely squared off, which should equate to a useful trunk. Inside, there's been a huge leap forward. The materials are much higher quality, the color palette mixes contrasting shades along with silver and black plastic. There's an LCD in the center of the dash that looks to incorporate radio and nav functions. Even if you don't like the outside, the interior looks like a nice place to spend time, that is, if you can get past the fact that the belt line comes up to your shoulders. After seeing what the rest of the world will get, we look forward to seeing our own Corolla (good as it may be) trotting off into the sunset.

More photos after the jump.

Thanks to tipster Gary!

[Source: Carphotosite]

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      Robert
      • 8 Years Ago
      I have sold Toyotas for the past eight years. Congratulations to Honda for designing outside the box and putting the pressure on Toyota. If Toyota responds with this milquetoast design (above), it means its relying entirely on Scion for the unpredictability factor. I think that's a mistake. Toyota badly needs as much eye appeal as possible in EVERY model to wipe away its only weakness -- blandness.
      • 8 Years Ago
      So... I'll just wait for the new Lancer coming in in March.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hey, #20? How many HP does your midsized car have( Camry has 268, and 30 MPG V6).... Big 3 can manage 30, but with smaller V6's(smaller than Hyundai Sonata's 234HP, which is also 30 MPG).
      Not being nasty, you sound like either a UAW worker( nto the one's who work for Toyota/GM at NUMMI, in California, BTW, which will build this car) from Michgian, or think only whatever you drive is superior. LOL. None of them are perfect.
      have owned Chevies, Nissans, Hyundais, and nwo a tC(toyota)... tC is the best so far, but it needed wiper arm blade fixed nearly 2 years ago.
      Lessee, 32-34MPG, 160HP, 0-60 of 8 seconds w/ automatic, abs, mp3/cd, reclining back seats, hatchback(this is a great feature...which I wish they'd use on Corolla)and it looks cool, still.
      I've had people in 5 year old Acuras blatantly STARE at the tC(sorry, it is a Toyota company product)....samefor the guy in the Neon,LOL.

      Anyhow, sorry 2 digress. It should be 40MPG, like the Civic. Why buy a Prius?
      Also, I read elsewhere it will be around 180 inches total length(nearly, or at, midsized sedan interior volume levels of room).
      If they can do 0-60 in 9 seconds....and prices aren't nusts.... I may check one out in a few years(depends on what the base" pedestrian" lancer is like, and how it holds up by 09-2010).


      BWT: I read Toyota bvrand was ONLY 1000 units behind Chevy for november 06 sales....meaning they are the seocnd most popular brand in the US( and I'd wager to say more Reliable than a GM product),LOL. If gas hit 2.50+... look for Toyota to beat Chevy brand in 07.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Reminds me a little of the first gen Lexus IS.... Still kind of ugly, tho. Maybe it will be better in person.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Not bad!!! Still they have lots of work to do!!!

      Greatings frome SRBIJA

      Milan
      • 8 Years Ago
      The three-quarter view looks remarkably like the Mazda Proteges of recent history, only the front end is different. Which isn't a bad thing since I own the latter. In small cars realistic interior space is the difficult part for manufacturers. They can design the envelop many ways, even in rediculous shapes to attract buyers. But that doesn't mean it's truly modern and leading-edge. Adding over-priced electronic gadgets doesn't change the fact that most small cars are 1990 New.

      Value, like beauty, is in the mind of the beholder.
      • 8 Years Ago
      this actually looks a lot like the lexus es350, in my opinion.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "We may all knock the domestic manufacturers for keeping moribund platforms around for too long (witness our carping about the US Focus), but let's not forget the elderly Corolla." Totally off the mark. The current Corolla was introduced in 2002 as a 2003 model; assuming Toyota brings the new one to the U.S. for 2008, that's a five-year cycle. The Focus has been with us since 1999 (MY 2000) and the "spy shots" are of yet another mild facelift with the same old mechanicals. By the time they actually redesign the focus it will have been about ten years. Next time, check your facts before you write.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The higher and higher beltline has little to do with a feeling of safety and more with actual safety. Those folks who are concious enough to drive a smaller car have to contend with the wholly mamomoths out there in the guise of the suv.

      And yes, physics can't be overcome as a large v. small car collision can result in more damage to the small car, at least the small car occupants with a higher beltline will have less of a chance of getting decapitated by an illegal brush bar.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The height of the hood is way too tall. Looks truckish. Love the interior though. Toyota is on a roll with this. Still not clear if this is the next US Corolla. Bad reporting.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It looks a lot like the current U.S. version...minus the headlights and taillights of course.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow, Toyotas are just so boring, although this interior looks pretty good. The Civic is just worlds ahead in style, and looks like a premium car. This Corolla with its huge fender gaps and rental car trunk looks like an econobox...
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