Toyota sells 50 million Corollas

Firmly cements the model’s place as the world’s best-seller

Published on 31 Dec 2021

Can you believe that Toyota has shifted 50 million Corollas since the model entered production with the first generation in 1966? Fifty-five years in production over twelve generations and counting have resulted in Toyota securing this epic milestone for a much-loved car the world over.

The Corolla was introduced in 1966 with the E10 being the Japanese automaker’s subcompact car offering, where it remained until the E100 generation of 1991 took it into the compact car segment.

In Sri Lanka, we’ve enjoyed nearly every single generation of Corolla – from the legendary reliability of the E100s that are still going strong to this day, along with their venerable estate or ‘station wagon’ variants that are called the ‘elephant back model’.

The 120-series was equally well-received, as was the 140-series, albeit far more popularly in JDM Axio guise. The eleventh generation was popular in Axio Hybrid guise, where it offered Aqua-esque efficiency in a sedan body.

Whilst we haven’t gotten a lot of the twelfth generation in Sri Lanka, there are a few Corolla Sport hatches around. An interesting bit of trivia, the long-wheelbase variant of the twelfth generation Corolla is sold under the Allion and Levin nameplates in China!

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