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September 4, 2001 Toyota has revealed first details of its all-new Corolla, a car that will play a leading role in the brands future plans for Europe. The new Corolla is developed with the European market in mind, focusing heavily on the key-criteria that are specified within Toyotas European DNA.
The new Corolla will be launched in four different body-styles, including a three-door hatchback, a five-door hatchback, a saloon, an estate and for the first time also an MPV, called the Corolla Verso. The fifth bodystyle, the saloon, will complete the range and be launched in the summer of 2002.
Corolla innovates in many ways, not least by offering equipment that was previously only found in executive saloons, like Optitron instrumentation and optional turn-by-turn or full map DVD based navigation systems.
The design of hatchback, saloon and estate is developed from an original concept by Toyotas European designers, based in the Toyota design center in the South of France. Their work has laid the foundations for this new generation Corolla all over the world. The Corolla Verso was based on a design concept originated by Techno Art Research in Nagoya, Japan, and shows a clear family-link with the other body-types in the range.
Quality, always a hallmark of Corolla models, is even higher than before. The dashboard and interior trim have been designed to set a new benchmark for the segment in terms of touch and feel quality, adding a new notion of prestige to the C-segment.
The modern engine range ensures excellent performance and fuel economy with low emissions, and thanks to the all-new platform, handling, comfort and interior space are on an equally high level.