Remember what happened in 1966? We’re not talking about England winning the football World Cup, the Beatles releasing Revolver, Harold Wilson and Labour coming to power or even actor Ronald Reagan being elected Governor of California. In October 1966, you see, Toyota released the first Corolla.
In its many forms the Corolla is “the world’s biggest-selling car,” with sales of over 31 million cars to date. That means over 2160 Corollas have been made every day for forty years, or a rather scary 90 cars-plus every hour. The Corolla is now built in 16 countries worldwide, including the UK.
Toyota hasn’t announced any plans for a special-edition 40th anniversary Corolla – it’s probably saving the fanfares for the car’s inevitable 50th.
That won't happen in the UK, however - Toyota is showing a new concept to replace the Corolla at the Paris motor show later this month, and only the production saloon (which won't go on sale in the UK) is going to be called Corolla.