The choice of models in the new Corolla range has been widened with two further derivatives. For the sporty driver with a family there is now a five-door version of the already popular Toyota Corolla T Sport, previously only available as a three-door. To capitalise on the booming diesel market there is now another diesel model in the shape of a three-door in T3 trim.
Toyota Corolla T Sport
The Corolla T Sport model tops the range, powered by a high revving 189bhp, 1.8-litre engine with VVTL-i (Variable Valve Timing and Lift-intelligent) and a six-speed manual gearbox.
The T Sport features Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRC) and Brake Assist (BA) to tame the performance and raise safety levels as well as excitement. Up-rated suspension and brakes, 16-inch alloy wheels together with a unique T Sport interior treatment – red Optitron instrumentation, race-like carbon-fibre trim and highly supportive sports seats – complete the sporty package.
The new 5-door Corolla T Sport is £15,495 on the road.
2.0-litre D-4D T3
The highly praised, economical 2.0-litre, 89bhp D-4D diesel engine is now available on the T3 three-door derivative. The engine, which features the latest high-pressure common rail technology, offers flexibility, excellent economy, low noise levels and low emissions of 153g/km.
Thanks to changes in taxation rules, sales of diesel cars are booming this year and Toyota hopes to capture more of that market with an even broader Corolla diesel range. Toyota already offers the widest range of diesel powered cars on the UK market.
The new Corolla T3 D-4D is £13,295 on the road.
UK Sales Success
Corolla arrived in January with a bang, echoed by it scooping one of the motor industry’s most desired accolades – the What Car? Car of the Year Award 2002.
Toyota Corolla sales have soared throughout 2002 with over 18,795 units sold to the end of October. Significantly, Fleet sales have made a large contribution to Corolla’s sales success as company car drivers are being won over by the new car’s style, build quality and high value-for-money standard features.Published 23 November 2002