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Toyota's first all-Japanese Corolla since 1967 brought no real advances to the model

29 Mar 2001

TOYOTA'S new Corolla sedan offers no surprises. It's no longer built locally - arriving from Japan these days - but embraces the same design philosophy as its predecessor. In essence that means it is bland on the outside and mundane on the inside, reflecting Toyota's conservative approach to sedan design. In its favour, though, Corolla is smooth, refined and reasonably well built. It is a thoroughly competent but uninspiring car - a popular choice for people after fuss-free motoring.

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Model release date: 1 November 1999 to 1 November 2001

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The first Corolla built in Australia was a 1.1-litre overhead valve coupe.

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Toyota Corolla

Released: Sep 1994
Ended: Sep 1998
Family Tree: Corolla

The Corolla is an Australian institution, with the badge first introduced here in the 1960s. Five-door hatchback, five-door Seca liftback or four-door sedan were available. Engines were 1.8-litre 85kW or 1.6-litre 78kW four-cylinders and, like the Camry, a bewildering array of variants was available.

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