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Toyota has launched the first of its all new 11th generation Corolla models, the 2012 Corolla Wagon. The new Corolla Hatch will be available in New Zealand from late October.
Toyota New Zealand General Manager of Sales, Steve Prangnell says: "Corolla is the world's most popular car, and it's key to Toyota's success with over a staggering 37.5 million units sold since 1966. Corolla is sold in over 140 countries and regions globally, and by itself contributes 30 per cent of Toyota's annual sales."
"Corolla has been number one passenger car in New Zealand for the past four years, and the number one in its segment for an impressive 27 years," says Steve Prangnell.
"We're very lucky to offer the Corolla Wagon in New Zealand, with the flexibility of our compliance rules letting us take a Japanese market domestic specification model. We've worked hard in New Zealand to push for Vehicle Stability Control and Traction Control in the wagon and we're thrilled to say that these features are now standard across the range. We've also secured three-point seatbelts for all seating positions."
Other standard safety features include driver and passenger front, side and front/rear curtain shield airbags and a comprehensive Anti-lock Braking (ABS) package with Brake Assist (BA) and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD).
Corolla Wagon's 1.5 litre petrol engine delivers 80kW of power at 6,000rpm and up to 138Nm of torque. A 5-speed manual transmission is available from June with the Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) version offered from July 2012. Fuel consumption is 5.7L/100km (combined cycle, JC08 standard) for the manual and just 5.1L/100km for the CVT. CO2 emissions are 132g/km and 118g/km respectively.
The recommended retail pricing remains the same as the previous generation model with the manual transmission model priced at $30,490 and the CVT at $32,490.
"The Corolla Wagon has always offered great value for our customers. By adding impressive new safety and convenience features without increasing the price, we're looking forward to attracting even more fleet and private customers to Corolla," says Steve Prangnell.
Corolla Wagon's packaging and design has improved significantly for the 2012 model. The exterior design is sportier for broader appeal, while intelligent packaging design maximises the luggage compartment size.
Toyota has focused on improving the agility and handling stability of the Corolla Wagon with a new suspension package and electric power steering (EPS). Dynamic driving is assisted by a new CVT transmission with 'D' (Drive) and 'S' (Sport) ranges to offer normal and sportier driving with improved acceleration response.
Standard features include manual air conditioning, CD tuner, USB input and 3.5mm auxiliary jacks, iPod control, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming connectivity, voice recognition, multi-information display, urethane steering wheel with tilt and telescopic adjustment, fabric upholstery, 60/40 split folding rear seats with remote folding function, ISOFIX child seat anchors, wireless door locking, and power windows. Outside there are 15 inch steel wheels, body coloured mud guards, rear spoiler and LED stop lights.