here's 10 must-know facts about the world's best-selling motor
1: When the original Corolla went on sale, the chief engineer of Toyota, Tatsuo Hasegawa, gave the following message in order to convey the vehicle's value to the public: "In order to get a vehicle widely used as a family car, it has to satisfy customers in terms of its performance, comfort, feel, etc. Even if you satisfy all of these criteria, however, the vehicle still will be a flop if it costs too much for the general public or if its maintenance costs are too high.
2: The Corolla has a GM sibling in the Geo/Chevrolet Prizm which was built as a joint venture between the two companies. The car was based on the Corolla and essentially was a GM version of the popular car.
3: Exported from Japan, Australia was the first to receive Corollas.
4: The name Corolla is part of Toyota's naming tradition of using names derived from the Toyota Crown for saloons. Hence, Corolla means Crown.
5: To prepare the car for exporting it to Canada, they put it to the ultimate test, a road trip across the country in the winter of 1967.
6: The Corolla became the best-selling car in the world in 1974.
7: The car continued to be so popular that by 1982 it was available in 116 countries and nearly 10 million units were produced.
8: A Corolla rolls off the production line every 23 seconds.
9: One in every five new vehicles sold in Toyota's 79-year history has been a Corolla.
10: The Corolla overtook the Beetle as the best selling model ever in 1997.