New Toyota Corolla launched
THE 2014 Toyota Corolla was launched on the lawns of Devon House in St Andrew last Saturday.
"The Corolla is very important to Toyota and to us here at Toyota Jamaica because it's a consistent top seller," Howard Foster, Toyota Jamaica sales and marketing director told Auto.
Now in its 11th generation, buyers can look forward to a new and improved compact sedan starting with its looks.
Toyota has not shied away from radical styling; and the Corolla's conservative styling has disappeared for a more robust appearance that contains elements of its bigger brother, the Camry.
Its horsepower is up to 121bhp without affecting fuel economy, now rated at 42mpg. Drivers can fully exploit the new-found power or opt to follow the ECO mode indicator to maximise each tank of gas. The suspension has been revised for Jamaican roads, keeping the car firmly planted, but not transferring harshness to the passengers. Safety is now on the forefront with four-wheel disc brakes, anti-lock brakes, braking assist, electronic brake force distribution, traction and vehicle stability control system, all topped off by seven airbags.
The interior is also up a notch. Soft-touch elements abound instead of hard plastics where passengers are expected to interact with the vehicle. Rear passengers have more legroom, and convenience features such as auto lights, and steering wheel-mounted controls are available.
The 2014 Toyota Corolla can be had in two trim levels starting at $3.4 million.
-- Rory Daley