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Toyota Corolla History 1987-1997

In 1984, the Corolla to the format pioneered by the Hillman front wheel drive a transversely mounted four-cylinder and MacPherson struts up front and springs in back (the SR5 and hatchback and the station wagon be converted later).

A small of diesels were sold in the US, but were quickly cancelled; and a new of the 1.6 liter engine, boasting overhead cams and four per cylinder, was added in mid-1984 to the wheel drive coupe and creating the Corolla GT-S. The fun to GT-S attracted a following; and the was used in the original MR2, in 1985. Meanwhile, the standard was rated as one of the ten most trouble-free in America by J.D.


sales of its popular new front-wheel-drive rapidly rising in the United Toyota entered a joint with General Motors to NUMMI, taking over a performing General Motors in California and turned it into one of the quality plants in North at least partly due to an innovative of implementing employee suggestions. The plant built both the and the General Motors version, the (later to be renamed Prizm), and active through to the present

The Corolla Sport was considered a model, with two versions: SR5 and They provided buyers a sporty appearance and multi-valve the main buyers were college graduates in their twenties (except GT-S which was single college-educated median age 28).

SR5 and GT-S came as coupes, and GT-S was available as a hatchback; the SR-5 the standard Corolla engine, the GT-S used a higher-compression rather than 9.0:1), fuel injected, 16-valve with 112 horsepower and 97 lb-feet of This latter engine dual cams, a central plug (“semi-hemi”), and variable — a series of valves in the ports to improve intake at low engine speed, andincrease at higher speeds.

An oil cooler was standard. Transmissions the close-ratio five-speed stick and the automatic.

Both had front with adjustable headrest fore-and-aft travel, seat height, and lumbar support; speedometer and tachometer readouts; dual-stage air conditioning (with an setting); and standard power The GT-S had an 8,000 rpm speedometer and a 150 mph both had flip-up halogen Front and rear antisway were standard, with an antislip differential; GT-S got disc brakes, stiffer firmer dampening, low-pressure and larger diameter antisway as well as 195/60SR13 radials SR5 got 185/70SR13 radials).

Finally, the was started as its own model, complete the 16-valve 4A-GE engine. were just two models, two-door hatchbacks, called and FX16 GT-S; the base reclining bucket seats, interior, carpet, folding rear seat backs, full instrumentation, and rear cover, while the GT-S a more aggressive suspension, tires and rear sway power remote outside leather-wrapped wheel and shifter, wheel, intermittent wipers, and window wiper-washer, along a rear roof spoiler and cosmetic touches.

Both came with GT tires, either a five-speed or four-speed manual, four-wheel brakes, and the 16 valve engine, but to 108 hp and 96 lb-ft rather than 112 and 97. was a good-sized engine for a car that in at just 2,350 pounds FX16) or, at most, 2,436 (automatic GT-S).

Sixth Toyota Corolla, 1988-1992

The generation started in 1988. sales still rising, opened a new facility in Canada also produced Corollas. The of Toyota’s new plants in North was high enough to garner top its class) J.D.

Power ratings in 1988, and 1992, and top ten ratings through The FX was available with either a or dual cam engine (with the it was called the FX16).

In 1993, the moved to its current compact garnering many awards. The was split off as a separate subcompact to attract those who could no afford the increasingly upscale The 1.6 liter 4A-F engine as standard equipment, with an stroked 1.8 liter version, the

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A driver’s side airbag was and a passenger airbag was added in We expect to host a separate on this landmark model Also see technical details and of the 1993-1997 models!

By 1997, all sold in the United States built in North America — at and in Canada. The wagon was discontinued, but protection was increased.

In 1998, a new generation was launched, would last nearly ten Its distinguishing feature was a new ZZ-series 1.8 engine which produced 120 hp, with (unlike Civic torque to match. Yet, it very good gas mileage and was quiet.

This Corolla was acclaimed for having a luxuriously interior, high levels of well designed switchgear and and a responsive yet economical engine.

In the engine was given variable timing for better gas mileage and power. It also reduced so that the Corolla could be by the EPA as a low emission vehicle.

2001 saw a facelift of the sheet metal, the Corolla look even like a Camry. In 2003, the was expanded and cosmetically modified in a redesign, while in 2004, a new was introduced that was larger — nearly matching the Camry. In 2005, the Celica’s was retuned for better mid-range (and lower horsepower) and put a modified Corolla to produce the XRS.

The 2009 Corolla saw numerous moves, some of which from the car’s feel; a new with roughly the same was used. 2009 Corolla

In the thirty years since its Corolla has sold more worldwide than any other (that was written in 1999 but is true today.)

Front drive Toyota Corolla over the years

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