Friday, June 07, 2013

2014 Toyota Corolla






Finally, a new Corolla....

And it looks like.. a Corolla. really. Just a few years more modern than the car it replaces.
Design never seem to matter to the Corolla, since people around the world  buy them for other reasons.
Toyota describes the new design as "Iconic Dynamism". (Isn't that amazing...)

Engine seems to be the same, or at least similar. A 1.8 Liter with 132hp.
A new 140HP ECO version of that engine will get over 40MPG.
CVT is a new addition, while a 4 speed auto (yes!) still comes with the base model.
LED headlights and Bluetooth are standard.

As you can see, there is still an "S" model. (The red car) . S for sporty. The old fashion sporty. Which means only a small spoiler and black wheels. Not more power.
And you also get an assy looking chrome line around the grille that looks like a line sticker from PetBoys.

We will see millions of these in the next few years.

32 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am very disappointed with the final design. Way too safe, boring and somewhat of a cheap cross between a Dodge Neon and a Mitsubishi. The dash is pretty short on imagination also. Toyota needed a radical makeover for the Corolla and this is not it.

Anonymous said...

It probable hurt them a little as the corolla has been number 2 instead of number one for the last 2 years.....
Ford Focus ... 1,020,410 ... 879,914
Toyota Corolla, 872,774 ... 819,376
Ford F-Series ... 785,630 ... 713,657
Wuling Zhiguang ... 768,870 ... 729,328
Toyota Camry ... 729,793 ... 558,000
Ford Fiesta ... 723,130 ... 764,415
VW Golf ... 699,148 ... 716,358

Anonymous said...

Is it just me or does it kinda look like the 2008-2010 Ford Focus??

Anonymous said...

The stying is simple... a Hyundai wearing a Darth Vader mask... disappointing. C'mon Toyota, you could do better than that. Automobile stylists this day and age are turning out the same old structure with different jewelry. This has been going on for years. A stale piece of toast generates more excitement.

BostonMike said...

Total mediocrity. At least there are some worthwhile choices in this segment of the market, such as the new Kia Forte and the soon-to-be released Mazda 3.

Anonymous said...

The sport also has a different gauge cluster...

Anonymous said...

Iconic Dynamism...? Not the words I would use but marketing types love semantics. If the Jetta sells very well and look even more boring than this than it should do quite well. The Corolla was always aimed at buyers looking for reliable and inexpensive without being over the top. Criticize it all you want, it was a best seller even as a stale, antiquated model. Like it or not, this will sell very well.

Anonymous said...

Generally, I don't like foreign cars. At all. Especially Toyotas. And the exterior design of this one to me is just, eh. But I really like the direction Toyota has taken the design of their interiors. They actually have created their own very unique styling and it works awesome on this car. Being that the interior is the part I have to look at the most, I might have to consider a Toyota next time around if they're going to keep it up. Wish other car makers would do something original as well.

Anonymous said...

Kinda reminds me of a Forte Koupe in the front a bit.

Anonymous said...

Somewhat nicer but it appears to have borrowed styling cues from Mitsubishi, Cruze, Kia, Elantra...

Dav said...

"Is it just me or does it kinda look like the 2008-2010 Ford Focus??"

Nope... As that's pretty much what it appears to look like, only far less interesting.

Anonymous said...

yeaa redesigned redesigned 2008-2010 focus, but uglier. No design harmony there.

Anonymous said...

I wonder how many units they will sell compared to the mazda3 or kia forte?

The Anonymous said...

What's up with that wheel gap?! The thing looks like it's ready to go off roading.

I must admit to being excited about the new Corolla after seeing the teaser pics, but it's not nearly as good looking as I had hoped. Oh well, we still have the next Mazda 3 to look forward to.

TwoBear said...

I guess I'm in the minority here - I actually like it. Especially the non- "S" versions.

I really liked the current Elantra when if first came out, but now it is looking dated to my eye. I think will wear better being a somewhat simpler and more classic design.

6-speed said...

Yawn. But still not as bad as the new Nissan Sentra

Anonymous said...

Just you.

Anonymous said...

This is a simple design. This is a car that will have to work in a lot of different markets. It'll sell in the middle east, on small islands with rutted roads, undeveloped areas in China and Africa and to lower income families in the US. It needs to be a design that works for a lot of different needs. That's why it has always sold so well globally. Reliable function is most important, exciting design is secondary. Personally, I hate this car, but I understand it.

Anonymous said...

looks like a Chinese-copy of the Ford Focus from a decade ago--especially in profile.

Anonymous said...

No single design component (i.e. lines and shapes) are in alignment. They are all off by a bit (by an inch or so).

Anonymous said...

Designed by 4 different teams....

Anonymous said...

The wheel gap IS incredible. The whole thing would look a lot less third world if it was lowered about six inches.

Anonymous said...

It looks good in and out.. Not groundbreaking, but Toyota didn't need to do that. The gauge cluster looks great.

Anonymous said...

Ir'll sell like hot cakes. Call it 'understated dynamism' with a dose of the typical toyota reliability

Anonymous said...

Anon 9:08:

"... I really like the direction Toyota has taken the design of their interiors. They actually have created their own very unique styling and it works awesome on this car." "...I might have to consider a Toyota next time around if they're going to keep it up. Wish other car makers would do something original as well."


Thanks for the laugh. Coffee just came out of my nose. You must have been in a coma for the past 25 years, because you are completely out of touch. If not, then you're either pulling our leg, or just full of crap.

Anonymous said...

It's the ultimate rental car- Everything about it screams "CHEAP!!!"

Anonymous said...

Front fender from the Cruze?

Mobis21 said...

Final exterior design is an amalgamation of Kia, Focus, Mitsubishi, etc. Interior? unimpressively bland.

Engine choices and transmission choices? No surprises.

Will it sell? Yes, by the hundreds of thousands.

Why? People mistakenly believe the myth that only Toyota can make reliable cars.

Anonymous said...

Another hit from Toyota. And while some bitch and moan about wheel gaps and design issues, those who do count for Toyota, the customers, will be buying it non stop.

Anonymous said...

That's just too bad! They will sell millions of them! It will become the best selling car worldwide! Humans are so stupid!

Anonymous said...

Apparently "Iconic Dynamism" is Japanese for "mid-90s Ford design with massive wheel gaps"

Anonymous said...

Why do people say "sell like hotcakes" when hotcakes don't sell that well? Is this what they mean?

The europeons get the adult styled Corolla with the big boy pants.