The Toyota Corolla is one of the world's most popular subcompact/compact cars in the world. Produced by the Japanese manufacturer Toyota, it was first introduced in 1966. By the time 1997 rolled around, it was the best selling car in the world with over 35 million sold. Sales of new and secondhand Toyota Corollas occur every 40 seconds, each and every day.
The only thing the latest model and the first generation Corolla share is the name. Named as part of Toyota's 'crown' series, as is the Corona and the Camry, the Toyota Corolla went through a metamorphosis of chassis and engines. The first generation, introduced in October of 1966, presented the new 1100cc K pushrod engine in the Toyota Corolla E10 series, with the sportier Corolla Sprinter as the fastback version. Buyers of Toyota Corollas noticed the subtle changes in design, weight and models. However, it was in 1979 when Toyota unveiled a major restyle in the Toyota Corolla E70 series. Now, it featured an innovative square-edged design with simpler treatments of the taillights, headlights and the grill. This was the last model to use the T series of engines and the K 'hicam.'
In 1983, Toyota rolled out an edgier, no-frills model with a sloping front bonnet. Most models now came with front wheel drive, except for the AE85 and AE86. The sloping bonnet became more rounded and the style more aerodynamic with the E90 series in 1987. In 2006, Toyota Corolla entered the final phase of the tenth generation with the E150 series.
Over the years, several Toyota models emerged including the Corolla Levin sport coupe and the Corolla FX hatchback, all of which maintain the same standard of expert engineering and in 2011 the Corolla achieved the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's 'Top Safety Pick' award. Re-badged versions of the Toyota Corolla cars include the Daihatsu Charmant and the Holden Nova.