Toyota Corolla: First Generation to Now

Toyota Corolla Kenner

The first-generation Toyota Corolla was present from 1966 to 1970. By 1974, the car became a bestseller. However, this vehicle looks nothing like the Corolla of today. It started out as a sub-compact car and evolved into a compact in 1991. Due to drastic redesigns throughout the years though, the Corolla has remained a bestseller throughout the world. By its 11th generation, Toyota had sold over 40 million of this model.

The Debut of the Toyota Corolla

The history of the Corolla starts out with the 1966 model’s 1100 cc K pushrod engine. Fast forward to 1979, and the body style finally changed. The major restyle gave the car a square-edged design. The grille was simpler, and the T Series of engines was added. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the car maintained a boxy look, but with a little sloping. The design started to become more aerodynamic in its seventh generation from 1991 to 1995. By 1998, the Toyota Corolla had gotten a complete redesign, which started the most evident design changes in its evolution. It also received VVT-I engine technology, providing the vehicle with more horsepower.

Toyota Corolla in the 2000s

The Toyota Corolla received another redesign in 2001, featuring new rear and front fascias, headlights, and taillights. The vehicle’s design was untouched for 2002. In 2003, this car was built to an even higher standard than it had been in the previous years. It was more comfortable, more powerful, and received additional interior space. The sport model debuted in 2005, incorporating sport-tuned suspension and a 170-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. Stability control, side curtain airbags, and a JBL stereo were also available. In 2009, the car received an optional 2.4-liter engine and GPS, as well as new tail lamps and an upgraded design. This vehicle had a refreshing exterior and updated interior in 2011.

The Toyota Corolla has had quite the history. From 2011 to 2013, the car largely remained the same after its 2011 redesign. There were grille changes in 2014, and the fuel efficiency improved. Today, the Toyota Corolla is full of user-friendly controls and features. This vehicle is designed to be extremely comfortable and larger than what it once was.

To see everything that the 2016 and 2017 Toyota Corolla have to offer, stop by Ray Brandt Toyota of Kenner, Louisiana. While here, take the opportunity to experience the Corolla first-hand on a test drive.