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After 12 years at the heart of the range, Toyota are discontinuing the Auris nameplate, heralding the return of the iconic Corolla name for all mid-range models across Europe for new models to be introduced in 2019.
The Corolla remains the best-selling model in automotive history, and is a globally recognised name, with over 45 million vehicles sold since its introduction in 1966. As before, the Corolla is a rival for the VW Golf and Ford Focus, but it's brand-new from the ground up. It uses Toyota New Generation Architecture (TNGA) chassis components, meaning it shares technology with the latest Prius hybrid and C-HR crossover models.which offers a more rewarding driving experience thanks to a lower centre of gravity, multi-link rear suspension, and a more rigid body shell through the use of high strength steel as reinforcement in key areas. In addition, Corolla will benefit from the latest hybrid technology
"There is no better moment than the launch of the upcoming new generation model to reintroduce the Corolla name to our C-segment hatchback and wagon", said Dr Johan van Zyl, President and CEO of Toyota Motor Europe. Toyota says that the move to bring back the Corolla name makes sense, given the new car's extensive changes owing to its all-new platform.
The All New Corolla Touring Sports will have its world premiere at Paris Motor Show early October 2018 alongside the Hatchback, both in their Hybrid version.
Toyota has confirmed that the new Corolla will be built at the company’s UK plant in Burnaston, Derbyshire, following £240m of fresh investment in the factory to get it ready for TNGA production. The car will go on sale early in 2019, and its starting price is likely to be similar to the current Auris at around £20,000