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#862 of 3104 2008 Toyota Corolla (should run through 2014)
Jun 01, 2007 (11:23 am)
The new 2008 Corolla sedan, now called Corolla Axio, and the new wagon, Corolla Fielder, are the tenth generation. The American versions are expected to look more like the American Camry up front, with the protruding Camry nose, with a current-generation rear clip.
Toyota focused on enhancing basic performance and deepening the sense of quality, by responding to customer needs. Some specific examples are the rearview monitor that is standard on all Corolla Axio models and the one-touch double-folding rear seats that are standard on all Corolla Fielder models. In addition, the Corolla features a newly developed 1.8-liter engine and Super CVT-i (Super Continuously Variable Transmission-intelligent) transmission that provide outstanding cruising and environmental performance. The new Corolla uses advanced equipment not previously seen on compact vehicles, such as a Pre-crash Safety System using millimeter-wave radar and an Intelligent Parking Assist system, which lets people park just by using the gas and brakes (it turns the wheel for you). The Corolla is the second vehicle in the world to get this system - and it costs under a thousand dollars (translated from the yen). This system includes a backup camera monitor, which is probably also going to be available with the navigation system
The American version of the Corolla, to be built in the usual North American plants, will be delayed around March 2008, in order to shake out any bugs for the world’s largest auto market, and probably to allow for factory upgrades and various Americanizing touches. (Past American Corollas have undergone considerable suspension and engine tuning along with the usual regulatory compliance measures which affect headlights, child seat anchors, and other systems.)
Body notes: 2008 Corolla
The front corners have been given a curved design to achieve effective maneuverability.
The backseat floor hump is minimized to create flat-surfaced legroom, enabling three adults to sit in the rear comfortably (front-wheel-drive models).
The steering wheel has a telescoping function that allows its position to be adjusted front to rear for a comfortable driving posture.
To enhance visibility, the top surface of the instrument panel is low while the front pillars have been extended forward and made slimmer.
The Smart Entry & Start System employs a Smart Key to lock and unlock the doors and a button to start the engine—all one needs is to have the vehicle key on one's person or nearby.
The HDD (hard disc drive) navigation system features a 6.5-inch wide display screen and a 30GB high-capacity HDD, as well as a variety of multimedia functions and advanced navigation functions.
New Toyota four-cylinder engine and CVT
The new Corolla models feature a new 1.8-liter 2ZR-FE engine and Super CVT-i (Super Continuously Variable Transmission-intelligent) transmission developed as the main powertrain for compact and medium-class vehicles.
A newly developed 1.8-liter 2ZR-FE engine adopts Dual VVT-i (Dual Variable Valve Timing-intelligent) that optimizes both intake and exhaust to achieve smooth and powerful acceleration, while offering fuel efficiency and environmental performance at class-leading levels.
Both the 1.8-liter and 1.5-liter engines are combined with a newly developed Super CVT-i transmission for smooth cruising and linear acceleration without shift shock, as well as for a quiet ride and improved fuel efficiency.
The new Corolla has a light-weight, high-rigidity body that seeks both a quiet cabin and superior aerodynamic properties; it uses an advanced chassis to achieve performance that makes it truly possible to experience the joy of driving.
Key components of the front and rear suspensions have been tuned to provide brisk maneuvering and cruising stability, as well as a comfortable ride.
Americans will probably only see the 1.8 liter engine.
Jun 01, 2007 (11:33 am)
There is no way Toyota will bring that wagon to the U.S. It makes far too much sense for our market.
Anybody caught driving something sensible like a wagon (instead of an SUV/Crossover/CUV/ABC...) will be instantly labelled a cheapskate and will be outcast from the community.
#864 of 3104 Re: 2008 Toyota Corolla (should run through 2014) [yysyys]
Jun 01, 2007 (11:58 am)
This is probably the most detailed and definitive description of what the new Corolla will be. I do believe that it describes the JDM version so it's not sure we will see all of the features ( the NA market still wants this to be a cheapo-econobox ) but there's hope that at least the top trim level will have most of the features.
The 1.8L 2ZR-FE has been noted elsewhere by persons involved at the plant level. CVT?? Hmmmm.
Navi with the SKS and an Auris-like leather interior would make the top trim a killer in this market. $21500-$22000?? All with 35-37 mpg Fuel Economy.
#865 of 3104 Re: 2008 Toyota Corolla (should run through 2014) [kdhspyder]
Jun 01, 2007 (12:37 pm)
I do believe that it describes the JDM version so it's not sure we will see all of the features ( the NA market still wants this to be a cheapo-econobox ) but there's hope that at least the top trim level will have most of the features.
Your observation is good. A lot of the JDM features, in fact most all, will not be available in the U.S. This, by the way, is typical of most Japanese cars anyway. What Toyota is very afraid of is for the Corolla to cannibalize the Camry (the reverse is just fine with them). If they are going to make those cool features available in the U.S. market, they will first put those in the Camry, so that U.S. customers will have to cough up more $ to get them than the Corolla.
Many people in Japan never drive anything larger than the Corolla, and so it becomes important for auto manufacturers to equip smaller cars with advanced features. Toyota is experimenting with the 10th generation JDM Corolla to see whether a set of really high-end features (e.g., radar cruise control), will be acceptable to customers in this segment.
#866 of 3104 Re: 2008 Toyota Corolla (should run through 2014) [yysyys]
Jun 01, 2007 (4:03 pm)
I hate when people post stuff like that as fact without showing the source of where the copied the info.
#867 of 3104 Re: 2008 Toyota Corolla (should run through 2014) [jacksan1]
Jun 01, 2007 (8:50 pm)
I would love it if the corolla got a sport model look like the camry SE! Give it a 5AT, bose audio, lip spoiler, flint mica, and a sunroof from the tC!!! I'm IN LOVE!! But chances are nill...
Doesn't the current corolla in LE trim offer leather seats? I've seen quite a few of them but they were locked and couldn't test them.
Also Vinyl seats are actually pretty cheap and are hard for the average person to tell from leather. VW and BMW give them a heat option too so I don't see why the corolla can't get them!
Since the scions get Navigation now, it should be safe to assume the corolla may get it also. Hopefully with a bose audio system!
#868 of 3104 When will be released in United States th e new corolla 2008?
Jun 03, 2007 (1:49 pm)
Usually in june 2007 the car companies released the the box as 2008 model. What is happening with corolla???
#869 of 3104 The 2008 Corolla comes out this month!
Jun 03, 2007 (4:10 pm)
The main change is the updated EPA numbers (28/37).
You might think that it could slow sales, but Corolla easily outsold Civic, which set a record last month, and for all of those people who ask "When are the 2008's coming?", we have a car for you!
#870 of 3104 Re: The 2008 Corolla comes out this month! [drfill]
Jun 03, 2007 (4:16 pm)
So, the redesigned all-new 2009 model should be out in less than a year since the 2008 is the same as a 2007.
#871 of 3104 Re: The 2008 Corolla comes out this month! [jaxs1]
Jun 03, 2007 (8:24 pm)
From what everyone is saying the redesigned corolla should come out early spring of 2008 as a 2009 model.
Toyota will probably showcase it at the North American International AutoShow in Detroit which is in January.
That is my best guess because Toyota also will come out with a Matrix replacement at the same time that will compete against the Mazda 3 five door model. It is rumored the matrix replacement will be called the BLADE.