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The 11th generation sedan version of Toyota's best-selling Corolla range made its global debut last week, unveiled simultaneously at events in both Europe and the United States.
Kiwis will get the chance to experience the all-new Corolla sedan for themselves when the model range lands in local showrooms in early 2014.
Paired with the top-selling Corolla hatch, the forthcoming sedan line-up will also offer high quality, comfortable interiors wrapped in smart, newly redesigned, dynamic exteriors, all underlined with Corolla's perennial reputation for quality, reliability and value for money.
Offering more space and a greater level of luxury equipment than has ever been available in the Corolla sedan in New Zealand, the new model will look to broaden its appeal with both corporate and private buyers alike.
Toyota New Zealand General Manager of Product Planning, Neeraj Lala says, "The arrival of the new Corolla sedan will complete our comprehensive family of sedans that sit right across the wider Toyota passenger car range and offer a variety of drivers - from economy-minded fleet customers to private buyers looking for space and specification - more choice than ever before.
"Just like the expanded Corolla hatch line-up that debuted late last year, the sedan will offer more style and practicality. Kiwis can expect to see the best spec'd Corolla sedan ever when the new model arrives in early 2014."
Toyota's next-generation Corolla sedan features an all-new exterior design with clean lines and balanced proportions that impart a more sophisticated and contemporary look.
In profile, the short front and rear overhangs - combined with the long wheelbase and prominent wheel arches - underline the new Corolla sedan's dynamic stance and elegant proportions. At the rear, the crisp line of the boot lid is underscored by wide new tail light clusters for a cleaner, more premium appearance.
Corolla sedan's all-new interior design offers customers a significantly roomier cabin: a more spacious and premium environment with redesigned seats for greater flexibility and comfort, plus expanded knee room in the rear. Cabin width is emphasised by the new dashboard design that incorporates a larger instrument cluster. The driving position has also been improved with a lower-set seat and an extended range of adjustments.
Along with a more spacious and comfortable cabin, the new Corolla sedan also places a greater emphasis placed on delivering a more engaging performance on-road, as well as reduced emissions and improved fuel economy.
Cumulative worldwide Corolla sales exceed 39.7 million since the model was launched in 1966, including almost 230,000 in New Zealand. To be built in Thailand with a strong European influence to both its design and specification, New Zealand is one of 150 countries the Corolla nameplate is offered in.
The 11th generation sedan will build on the success of its Corolla hatchback sibling in the New Zealand market, where a total of 2,571 have been sold since launch last year, with 118 customers opting for the luxuriously-appointed top spec Corolla Levin ZR.
"Corolla absolutely dominates its segment in hatch form," continues Lala. "This is a reflection of the reputation for quality and benchmark reliability the nameplate stands for, as well as just how much the model's specification meets customer expectations.
"Now with the sedan about to join the line-up, we can offer a range of medium-sized vehicles that offer all of the space, comfort, design aesthetic and premium feel of Corolla's contemporary Euro rivals, for both fleet and private buyers alike."
Further details regarding specification and pricing for the new Corolla sedan will be announced closer to its New Zealand launch.