Sluggish sales for non-hybrid Auris models have encouraged the renaming of its successor; no diesel option is expected

The Corolla name looks set to return to Britain this year when Toyota launches a new model to supersede its struggling Auris hatchback.

A source told Autocar that the Corolla, which will return the moniker to the UK for the first time since 2007, would be tasked with turning around the declining sales of the Auris. Toyota delivered 13,983 Aurises in the first 11 months of 2017, compared with 16,528 in 2016.

Although the Corolla has been absent from Britain for 11 years, cars bearing its name have remained on sale in other global markets since it was first introduced in 1966.

The new UK model will arrive as the current international Corolla, which has been on sale since 2013, is replaced with a family of models.

Alongside the hatchback headed to Britain, an estate is also likely as a replacement for the Auris Touring Sports. The range will be built on Toyota’s New Global Architecture platform and is predicted to come with petrol and hybrid powertrains. Our source said the 1.2-litre direct injection petrol and 1.8-litre hybrid powetrain currently featured in the Auris could be included in updated forms.

No diesel option will be offered because Toyota removed both Auris diesel models from showrooms at the end of last year. The brand delivered just 651 Auris diesels in 2017.

Toyota is also considering removing the Avensis from its line-up when the current version goes off-sale later this year, due to dwindling sales in the Ford Mondeo-sized segment. It sold 3302 Avensis models last year up until the end of November, which was well short of the 5133 mark set in 2016. The Corolla saloon sold elsewhere could indirectly fill the gap left by the departed Avensis, to ensure Toyota keeps at least one saloon offering.

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19 January 2018

Presumably the Auris name was introduced because of poor Corolla sales, so why change it back? Let’s face it the whole sector is declining because people seem to want crossovers and SUVs, so I think the only way to recover sales is to offer spectacular value like the Koreans do. 

19 January 2018

Probably my most disliked car, after any Hydrogen car of course. The strange thing is at the design and model stage did Toyota ever take a step back and think this is DULL, let's start again.

Could this be the Dullest car ever that ever didn't sell (In Europe)

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

19 January 2018

From that interior shot, it looks like there may be a large touchscreen.

That's fine, but Toyota's proprietary infotainment sucks. Please, please, support AndroidAuto and wireless CarPlay.

19 January 2018

Having driven a few Aurises as well as the competition I dont know why it gets such flak.  Its not interesting, but its smart, comfortable, and really not much different to live with than the sainted Golf, the lesser models of which have always been dull too.  See also Astra or i30.  Its just another competent hatchback.

What the Auris has which the Euro competition doesnt is a five year warranty and the option of a proven and reliable hybrid powertrain.  A good deal on an hybrid Auris Tourer is not at all the poor choice the pub bores would say it is.   For those who keep their cars, its got to be a better family runaround bet than a VW...

(bet all those who bought a Toyota hybrid rather than a Golf diesel a few years back are feeling rather vindicated...)

19 January 2018

The Corolla saloon has been sold in Ireland, it looks as big as an Avensis and is popular with fleets and hire car companies.

Axing the Avensis makes sense, the Accord was recently axed and the Primera years ago. The mainstream saloon market is sadly dead, everyone wants SUV-style "lifetyle" crossovers now. Doesn't make sense to bring across the Corolla saloon, as much as I like small saloons and hate to say that.

The only manufacturer seemingly bucking the trend is Mazda, with the gorgeous 3 'fastback' and 6.

19 January 2018

Ive had occasion to drive the diesel and petrol models, and yes not exciting, but apart from that i found them to be pleasant travelling companions. I found the comfort of the seat and driving position to be very good, as was general quality and economy.  Yes its dull, but dull in the same way a base model A4 is dull. I dont believe in the real world the drives I had would have been any more "exciting" in a base golf or Focus. Given the reliability, warranty and better dealers, as an ownership proposition for an urban runabout couldnt fault it really.

19 January 2018

Ive had occasion to drive the diesel and petrol models, and yes not exciting, but apart from that i found them to be pleasant travelling companions. I found the comfort of the seat and driving position to be very good, as was general quality and economy.  Yes its dull, but dull in the same way a base model A4 is dull. I dont believe in the real world the drives I had would have been any more "exciting" in a base golf or Focus. Given the reliability, warranty and better dealers, as an ownership proposition for an urban runabout couldnt fault it really.

19 January 2018

Ive had occasion to drive the diesel and petrol models, and yes not exciting, but apart from that i found them to be pleasant travelling companions. I found the comfort of the seat and driving position to be very good, as was general quality and economy.  Yes its dull, but dull in the same way a base model A4 is dull. I dont believe in the real world the drives I had would have been any more "exciting" in a base golf or Focus. Given the reliability, warranty and better dealers, as an ownership proposition for an urban runabout couldnt fault it really.

19 January 2018

An interesting question is whether the new Corolla will be built at Burnaston. Currently the Auris & Avensis are both built there.

Happy motoring

19 January 2018

"What the Auris has which the Euro competition doesnt is a five year warranty " - only 3 years in Europe  v. 5 years for Hyundai and 7 years for Kia

Perhaps that's why it hasn't been more successful there

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