Finalists for 2014 Green Car of the Year announced

October 18, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: LA Auto Show , Hybrid , Sedan , Technology , Hatchback , Audi , BMW , Honda , Mazda , Toyota , Diesel The list of finalists for the 2014 Green Car of the Year has been announced, and in a genuinely bizarre twist, there’s only one hybrid and no electric vehicles among the five contestants, despite the arrival of cars like the BMW i3 and Tesla Model S . Taking the place of the EVs are a pair of diesels, repping a technology that last won a Green Car of the Year award in 2009, when the Audi A3 TDI took the title. No diesel was in the running for last year’s award. Naturally, both of the diesel finalists are fielded by the Germans – with BMW’s 328d and Audi’s A6 TDI getting the nod. In the case of the 3 Series , BMW installed a 2.0-liter, turbodiesel, capable of delivering 180 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, while returning 45 miles per gallon on the highway. Audi and its larger, 3.0-liter, V6 turbodiesel produce quite a bit more grunt, with 240 hp and 428 lb-ft of grunt, but net a very impressive 38 mpg on the highway in the A6 . Finalists for this year’s awards include two diesels, three gas-powered cars and a plug-in hybrid. This year’s awards are a coup for gas-powered vehicles, as well. Both the Toyota Corolla and Mazda3 are finalists, with jurors citing the Mazda’s i-ELOOP and Skyactiv technology, which allow the handsome car to net up to 41 mpg. The Corolla, meanwhile, offers a new Eco trim, which can return 42 mpg from its 1.8-liter, naturally aspirated, gas engine.

2014 Toyota Corolla gets marginal IIHS small overlap crash test score [w/video]

October 4, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Budget , Sedan , Government/Legal , Safety , Toyota Toyota may have performed some major surgery on the 2014 Corolla , but that hasn’t helped the Japanese automaker overcome tough new crash test procedures. The Corolla, Toyota’s bread-and-butter compact sedan, managed only a Marginal score on the new small overlap crash test, which was just added last year. Despite the low score, the Corolla performed well in the moderate overlap front, side, rollover and rear testing, which was enough to score it a 2013 Top Safety Pick. In testing in August, six of the Corolla’s competitors earned the Top Safety Pick + award , for good or acceptable scores across the board. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Corolla’s “Marginal” score was down to an “intruding structure,” that could cause injuries to the lower left leg. There was also concern that in a collision, the driver’s head would move after hitting the air bag, and collide with the A-pillar or dash. Take a look below for the crash test video, as well as a press release from the IIHS. Continue reading 2014 Toyota Corolla gets marginal IIHS small overlap crash test score [w/video] 2014 Toyota Corolla gets marginal IIHS small overlap crash test score [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 04 Oct 2013 09:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

US-built Corollas will soon be exported to Latin America, Caribbean

US-built Corollas will soon be exported to Latin America, Caribbean

September 29, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Budget , Sedan , Plants/Manufacturing , Toyota Toyota has announced plans to export the American-made Corolla south, to 18 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean by 2014. The move follows statements made to The Wall Street Journal by Toyota’s South American leader , Steve St. Angelo , that spoke to Toyota’s resolve in emerging American markets. Toyota is expected to begin export production in April, with initial production of 7,500 Corollas in the first year, courtesy of its Tupelo, Mississippi assembly plant . Years of unpredictable swings in the value of the Japanese yen has seen Toyota push its manufacturing operations in other countries , particularly the US, where its builds ten different models. Scroll down to read the full press release from Toyota. Continue reading US-built Corollas will soon be exported to Latin America, Caribbean US-built Corollas will soon be exported to Latin America, Caribbean originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 29 Sep 2013 11:05:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Toyota says you might have the 40-millionth Corolla ever built

Toyota says you might have the 40-millionth Corolla ever built

September 7, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Car Buying , Sedan , Toyota The guy who bought the 50-millionth Toyota in the US got a free Camry and RAV4 , but whoever in the world bought the 40-millionth Corolla in August gets a hearty “thank you” from the Japanese automaker. On sale since 1966, the Corolla is the best-selling nameplate in the world by a goodly margin ( more than the Volkswagen Beetle and Ford Model T combined ). So while you’d think that vehicle number 40 million would be sitting in a museum somewhere, Toyota can’t even say in which country this milestone Corolla was sold, let alone to which customer. One reason that Toyota is unsure where this Corolla was sold is the fact that the Corolla name itself is more than just the compact sedan sold in the US. On our shores alone, sales of the Matrix are lumped in with the Corolla, but around the world, numerous vehicles wear the Corolla name or share its platform. Scroll down for Toyota’s press release, and it has also put together a website celebrating 47 years and 40 million sales for the Corolla… and counting. Continue reading Toyota says you might have the 40-millionth Corolla ever built Toyota says you might have the 40-millionth Corolla ever built originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 07 Sep 2013 09:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

2014 Toyota Corolla priced from $16,800*

2014 Toyota Corolla priced from $16,800*

August 27, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Car Buying , Budget , Sedan , Toyota We’ll be publishing our First Drive of the 2014 Toyota Corolla later today, but right now, we can reveal that the eleventh-generation compact will be priced from $16,800 when it hits dealerships this fall (*not including a $810 destination charge). Four trim levels will be offered, and that sub-$17,000 price point reflects the base L grade with a six-speed manual transmission. Adding the four-speed automatic (yep) brings that price up to $17,400, which gets you the usual features standard on this class of car, including Bluetooth connectivity, eight airbags and – a first for this price point – LED headlamps. From there, the LE trim ($18,300) adds a backup camera, cruise control, keyless entry, Entune audio (including a 6.1-inch touchscreen) and a brand-new continuously variable transmission replacing the four-speed auto. There’s even an Eco version of the LE trim that uses a different engine tune to provide fuel economy of up to 42 miles per gallon on the highway. The top-trim S, pictured above, comes with a modified front fascia design, rear lip spoiler, leather-wrapped steering wheel, sport seats and more for $19,000. There are paddle shifters mated to the CVT with seven “gears,” and optional 17-inch wheels are available. Toyota will offer the S trim with a six-speed manual as part of the Plus package, and the Premium pack adds Softex synthetic leather seats. All in, a fully loaded Corolla comes in just under $24,000. Not bad, at all.

Does this dealer leak hint at a Toyota Corolla wagon?

Does this dealer leak hint at a Toyota Corolla wagon?

August 23, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Budget , Wagon , Toyota , Rumormill The hopes of car enthusiasts are often vain little things; bordering on irrational desires for technologies and form factors that the market has declined to buy in volume, at least in North America. Manual transmissions, diesel engines (although slightly more mainstream these days), compact pickup trucks and, of course, station wagons, are all variations on the well-worn theme here. And so, when we come across a rumor that one or more of these items from our wish list might be upcoming, and a surprise at that, we tend to get fairly amped. Use that as background when you’re considering just how many grains of salt to swallow with this latest Toyota Corolla rumor, which stems from a leaked schematic on the dealership level, and portends a wagon bodystyle for the new car. One enthusiastic Autoblog reader and Toyota dealership employee recently stumbled upon the interior lighting schematic drawing you see inset here, which clearly identifies both the “4D” four-door sedan version of the 2014 Corolla, but also a long-roof “5D” car that is unimpeachably a station wagon (click to expand the image). The real question is, is it a Corolla? What’s possible, albeit disheartening, is that we’re looking at a diagram for the European Auris Touring Sports model (pictured above), a car that debuted at the Geneva Motor Show this past March. However, at least from the diagrams above, the D-Pillar doesn’t look correct, and the nose doesn’t seem quite “pointy” enough, for lack of a better word. It also doesn’t explain why a US dealer would receive such information. Just this week, we drove the 2014 Corolla (look for the review very soon), and at that launch event, Toyota spokespeople told us that there were no further bodystyles planned “at this time.” That kind of language leaves the door open just a crack for a North American wagon.

2014 Toyota Corolla and Tundra production underway

2014 Toyota Corolla and Tundra production underway

August 3, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Budget , Sedan , Truck , Plants/Manufacturing , Toyota After months of leaked photos and speculative reports, Toyota finally unveiled its 2014 Corolla to the world in early July at a star-studded California party . The confetti has been swept up and the champagne flutes washed and stored, and now the real work can begin: production. Toyota has announced that its new C-segment player has begun rolling off the lines at its plants in Mississippi and Ontario, Canada this week ahead of the planned start of sales in September. What’s more, the refreshed 2014 Tundra pickup has also segued into production in San Antonio, Texas. Corolla production in Mississippi is still a relatively recent phenomenon, with the plant having begun assembly of the outgoing model in the fourth quarter of 2011, while Toyota’s Cambridge, Ontario plant has been churning out the compact volume king since 1988. Conversely, the Tundra has been in production at the Texas facility since 2006, and Toyota projects that the plant will build its milestone one-millionth new vehicle in September, right around the time the reworked fullsize pickup goes on sale. Continue reading 2014 Toyota Corolla and Tundra production underway 2014 Toyota Corolla and Tundra production underway originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 02 Aug 2013 15:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

First live photos and impressions of Toyota’s 2014 Corolla

First live photos and impressions of Toyota’s 2014 Corolla

June 7, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Budget , Sedan , Toyota After releasing official pictures and a press release about an hour earlier, Toyota chose an aircraft hanger at the Santa Monica airport as the venue for the global introduction of its highly anticipated 2014 Corolla . Following an extended aerial acrobat show, which included performers running along the walls, swimmers romping in a massive overhead clear plastic pool and angry dancers destroying their cardboard stage in a glittery fit… the all-new C-segment star of the show was lowered on cables from the ceiling. (After the strobe lights and pounding sound that preceded it, the final vehicle reveal was almost anticlimactic.) Face-to-face with the eleventh-generation sedan, we liked what we saw. Compared to last year’s Corolla, the new model appears smaller in person – yet that is mostly an optical illusion. By the tape, it is four inches longer and slightly wider than its predecessor, but a bit shorter. The wheelbase has been stretched nearly four inches, yet the front and rear overhangs only give or take about an inch in the conversion. With the exception of the enormous wheel/fender gap (the new Corolla seems to ride too high), its overall proportions are very pleasing. The fresh sheet metal is modern and stylish, with sculpted lines that add character to a formerly bland sedan The fresh sheet metal is modern and stylish, with sculpted lines that add character to a formerly bland sedan (inexpensive does not have to mean boring). Thankfully, the new car lacks any tacked-on lower cladding to detract from its shape, and the sleek new LED headlights have allowed the designers to abandon the bulbous look of its predecessor’s front illumination.

2014 Toyota Corolla shows its new Euro-spec nose [w/poll]

2014 Toyota Corolla shows its new Euro-spec nose [w/poll]

June 7, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Budget , Sedan , Europe , Toyota , Design/Style After tons of teasing , Toyota finally unveiled the all-new 2014 Corolla in the wee hours of the – at least to those of us here in the Midwest. The fresh new face of the US-spec car takes a number of cues from the Camry and Avalon sedans, and in S trim with the large alloy wheels and blacked-out front fascia, we’d even venture this is the most boldly styled North American Corolla to date (faint praise as that may be). Of course, our friends in other markets will also be getting fully updated versions of the Corolla as well, and here, we’re getting our first glimpse at the European-spec car, complete with a very different front fascia that, at least in this trim, seems to take a more conservative design approach. A quick poll of the Autoblog staff shows that we’re torn as to whether or not we prefer this European look to our North American-specific car, but at least in the sporty-ish S trim, we think the Americans may have got the better end of the deal. The Euro-spec Corolla actually shares a lot of its design with its larger platform-mate, the Auris , a car that we don’t – and likely won’t – get in the States. Inside, the European Corolla looks basically the same as the NA car, and while market-specific engines and specifications haven’t been released yet, it’s expected that the Corolla will share much of its dirty bits with the European Auris, as well. Have a look through the Euro-spec gallery above , as well as the US-spec gallery below , and then let us know which Corolla you think looks better in our poll and in Comments. View Poll 2014 Toyota Corolla shows its new Euro-spec nose [w/poll] originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 07 Jun 2013 11:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

2014 Toyota Corolla debuts with more power, interior space

2014 Toyota Corolla debuts with more power, interior space

June 7, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Sedan , Toyota Depending on who you ask, the best-selling car in the world is either the Ford Focus or Toyota Corolla . Not surprisingly, Toyota claims it’s the Corolla. Either way, we’re talking around a million individual units per year, and over 40 million over the car’s lifetime on the market, so the redesign of Toyota’s compact sedan is big-time news for the Japanese automaker that it needs to get right. The Toyota Corolla was last redesigned way back in 2008, meaning the 2014 model is a long-overdue update to the C-segment sedan. Its age shows when compared to newer rivals like the Honda Civic , Chevy Cruze , Hyundai Elantra and the aforementioned Ford Focus when comparing technology features, fuel mileage and interior roominess. In an effort to solve those demerits, Toyota has added nearly four inches to the 2014 Corolla’s wheelbase and will offer a new continuously variable transmission with seven simulated gear ratios. Engine choices consist of two available 1.8-liter four-cylinder units, one with 132 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque, and another more efficient version that uses Toyota’s new Valvematic technology to offer 140 horses and 126 lb-ft of torque. Eco and Sport modes will be selectable by the driver. Fuel mileage jumps to an estimated highway rating of “over 40 miles per gallon,” says Toyota, when properly equipped. We take that to mean the CVT, as the base L model is still saddled with an old-as-dirt four-speed automatic.

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