Toyota Corolla Canada
The first Toyota Corolla was launched in 1966 in Japan, but it wasn't until the 1997 Corolla hit the world market that it became a household name. In 2007 it broke a world record as the most sold Toyota with 35 million Toyota Corollas sold. The Corolla is manufactured all over the world including Canada, Brazil, Japan, China, South Africa, Turkey the UK and the USA.
The first Toyota Corollas arrived in Canada in the 80's with the fourth and fifth generation Corolla which was manufactured in California, they were available with two engines a 1.6L, 8-valve SOHC engine with 90HP and a more powerful 1.6L 16-valve DOHC engine with 112HP. With 3 body styles, Corolla sedan, Corolla 3-door hatchback and Corolla station wagon. In the US and Canada NUMMI (New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc) launched a re-badged version of the Corolla as the Chevrolet Nova.
Toyota Corolla 1987-1992
In 1988 Toyota Canada opened the first Toyota assembly plant in Cambridge, Ontario where the sixth generation Corolla was assembled until 1992. The new design included a sportier and rounder exterior with an upgraded 1.6L DOHC engine, they also included a Corolla 2-door coupe, Corolla GT-S and a 4WD Corolla station wagon.
The new Corolla GT-S version included a new motor featuring a higher compression increasing torque and horsepower from Horsepower jumped from 115HP to 135HP. While the four wheel drive All-trac Corolla station wagon was available in base and SR5 trim levels which were sold from 1988 to 1992 with different bodywork from the Corolla platform.
Toyota Corolla 1991-1998
This generation of the Toyota Corolla in the most popular Corolla worldwide, with a new and larger design, similar in size with the Toyota Corona and Camry in Canada. The new design was more aerodynamic and heavier than the previews generation and moved to the compact size class. The seventh generation Corolla was launched in Canada in 1993, the base model was equipped with a 1.6L engine, while the Corolla DX, LE and Corolla wagon had a 1.8L engine with 105HP. The Toyota Corolla LE was the sport version with sporty front seats and was available in automatic or manual transmission in Canada.
In 1996 the Corolla received a minor face-lift, with new tail lights and wheel covers. The 4WD station wagon Corolla which was imported was no longer imported into the Canadian market and the Corolla coupe was discontinued and replaced by the Toyota Paseo also known as Toyota Cynos in Japan.
Toyota Corolla 1997-2002
The eighth generation Corolla was assembled in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada and used the same platform as the previous model, including the basic design. In Canada it was launched as a 1998 Corolla, while it was available in Japan and other countries as a hatchback and coupe in Canada it was only available as a Toyota Corolla sedan, this Corolla came with an all new aluminum engine making it lighter than other Toyota Corolla models, the engine replaced a timing belt with a timing chain.
The Toyota Corolla was available in three trims in Canada, Corolla VE, CE and LE. The Corolla VE base model was available with 5 speed manual transmission and 3-speed automatic. While the Corolla CE and LE had 4-speed automatic transmission or 5-speed manual and an optional sunroof for both trim models. All models were available with a 1.8L 16-valve DOHC engine with 120HP. The 2001 Corolla VE was replaced by Corolla S trim and upgraded 1.8L engine with 125HP which included VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing with intelligence), the newer model also added more safety features
Toyota Corolla SE 2002-present
This generation of the Toyota Corolla was based on a smaller Toyota Vista platform and was first seen in 2000 in Japan, based on an FF-layout platform which was later used for the Toyota Matrix a car based crossover which is sold in Canada, Mexico and the United States. The Corolla won the 2002 choice for "Car of the Year ".
The Toyota Corolla in Canada in bigger than the Japanese built Corolla, with a 1.8L DOHC engine with 130HP VVT-i; while a sporty version of the Corolla made its debut in 2005 and 2006 as Corolla XRS sharing the Toyota Celica and Lotus Elise engine, 1.8L DOHC 16-valve VVTL-i with 170HP. In 2008 a Special Edition Corolla was launched on the 20th Anniversary of Toyota in Canada.
Toyota Corolla 2006-present
The tenth generation of the Toyota Corolla premiered at the 2007 SEMA in Las Vegas, they were available at Canada dealers in January 2008 as the Toyota Corolla 2009. Built on the E140 platform which it shares with the Toyota Matrix, the Matrix is considered the Corolla's hatchback/station wagon counterpart. The new Corolla has a stylish design similar to the Camry and shares some parts with the smaller Toyota Yaris 2011.
In Canada the 2012 Corolla in available in four trims; Corolla CE, LE, S or Sport and supercharged Toyota Corolla XRS. The base model CE and Corolla S are very similar mechanically and use the same 1.8L engine with 132HP. The Corolla Sport includes a rear spoiler, underskirts, and silver interior highlights. The Corolla XRS shares the same sporty kit as the Sport trim but has a larger 2.4L engine with 158HP which it shares with the Toyota Camry 2012, it also includes rear disc brakes, sport-tuned suspension, with standard stability and traction control. All models include Electronic Stability Control, Toyota's Vehicle Stability Control and traction control, front airbags and rear row curtain airbags, anti-lock ABS brakes.