The Toyota Corolla has been one of Toyota’s top-selling passenger cars since it came on the market. Here are five interesting facts associated with the Toyota Corolla.
1. It Took Only 8 Years For The Toyota Corolla To Become The Best-Selling Car Worldwide.
The Toyota Corolla was first introduced way back in 1966. In just eight years, it became the best-selling car worldwide. It's no wonder, because:
- The Corolla was widely available in over 150 countries and regions.
- It was affordable.
- It had modern features (for that time period).
- It offered great gas mileage.
Corolla sales have remained strong since then. Since 1997, the Corolla has consistently been the top-selling nameplate in the world. Annual sales have grown for years with only minor blips for recessions. To this day, Toyota has sold over 45 million units of the Corolla.
2. Corolla Means “Little Crown”.
Toyota is known for giving its models regal or celestial names. Here are a few examples:
The Corolla falls into this category. Corolla is a Latin word that means "little crown".
3. The Corolla Is Now Built In Blue Springs, Mississippi
In October 2011, Toyota opened a plant in Blue Springs, Mississippi. It has been building the Toyota Corolla since then. Previously it was built in Fremont, California. If you own a Corolla in the U.S., odds are high that you own an American-built model.
4. Toyota Has Used The Corolla Name In Many Different Vehicles
There have been many different Toyota vehicles that contain the Corolla name, like:
- Corolla Ceres
- Corolla Levin
- Corolla RunX
- Corolla Allex
- Corolla Blade
- Corolla Verso
- Corolla Spacio
- Corolla Rumion
- Corolla Matrix
- Corolla Seca
- Corolla Tercel
Toyota decided that since the Corolla was so popular, it could create different versions that worked for every type of driver. Some versions were more successful than others.
5. There’s A GM Version Of The Corolla
The Corolla has a GM sibling. It's the Geo/Chevrolet Prizm, which was built as a joint venture between the two companies. The car was based on the Corolla and essentially was a GM version of the popular passenger car. It ran on the Corolla's motor. The Prizm was in production between 1990 and 2002. You can read more about the Prizm here.
Now in its 12th generation, the Toyota Corolla has undergone aggressive changes. Today, the Corolla is known for its sporty styling, excellent fuel efficiency, and affordability. It's clear that the Corolla is not going anywhere anytime soon.