The US-market Toyota Corolla has made its premiere, featuring a new look and a more spacious interior
7 June 2013

The 2014 Toyota Corolla has been unveiled. The latest generation of the North American-market hatchback has been “strikingly restyled”, boasting a new look and improved economy.

Toyota describes the Corolla as featuring “chiselled, modern character lines” and “a more premium interior”. Fuel economy has been improved and Toyota says it has placed more emphasis on driving involvement.

The new car features the same 132bhp 1.8-litre four-cylinder petrol engine as the current car. The same unit equipped with Toyota’s Valvematic technology adds another 8bhp. Tranmission options include a CVT, a four-speed automatic or a six-speed manual.

Toyota has increased the Corolla’s wheelbase, providing the improved interior with more space. Equipment grades have been improved, with LED headlights, Bluetooth and a touch-screen audio system standard fit.

Although no prices have been announced, Toyota’s US boss Bill Fay was reported as saying they will be set close to the current car’s $18,000 (£11,600).

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7 June 2013

An MG6

8 June 2013

devil's advocate wrote:

An MG6

Agree, the lights do look like the MG6's. The Corolla was the fifth best selling car in the US last year behind the Camry, Honda's Accord and Civic and the Nissan Altima. Japanese brands have still got those top spots sewn up pretty tight there. Chose to ignore the Ford F150 pickup as it isn't a car. But US buyers didn't, though, as it was the best selling vehicle in the US last year as it has been for the past 37 years...

7 June 2013

Just what the world needed, a slightly better looking MG6. Maybe MG should have gone after the US market if this is the kind of car they're buying... They couldn't have done any worse than here!

7 June 2013

Thank god we received the new Auris which looks radical in comparison to this dull new Corolla. Seems to be a trend where North American offerings from Japan have to be bland.

7 June 2013

A four-speed automatic option - what decade are the Yanks living in for this to be acceptable!

Cyborg

8 June 2013

Cyborg wrote:

 

A four-speed automatic option - what decade are the Yanks living in for this to be acceptable!

 

You could always plump for the CVT or 6 speed manual if you don't like four speed autos. Acceptable? well, you could pay £22k for that 1.8 engine in a CVT auris in the UK. I think at £11,600 the americans are getting a good deal.

9 June 2013

Given that Autocar has three reviews of the mk 2 Auris dating back to November 2012, why use an out-of-date verdict on the previous generation Auris to accompany the article?

Oh forgot - it's a Toyota (albeit made in UK), so you haven't got round to road testing it? 

 

10 June 2013

looks really macho like a civic that has been pumped up.

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