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The Beginning of the Corolla

If there’s any car one could call simple and dependable, it’s the Corolla. Its great quality, performance, comfort,  and gas mileage are why it’s lasted for generations. Created as a family vehicle, the Corolla was first sold in Japan in 1966 and later arrived in the U.S. in 1968. It’s one of the best-selling cars in the world, and has come as a wagon, sedan, coupe, hatchback, and three-door hatchback known as the “liftback.” With a car that’s outlasted many generations of brands and models, it’s no wonder why Toyota continues to upgrade the Corolla year in and year out.

Toyota aimed to use an overhead cam to create a high performance engine for the first Corolla, but it turned out to be a difficult feat for the time. Instead, the car came with an overhead valve 4-cylinder engine that made 60 horsepower from 1.1 liters. The first Corolla also came with a four-speed manual transmission and was one of the first Japanese vehicles to use a strut based front suspension.

The Corolla Goes Global

To say the Corolla improved would be an understatement. The car pushed its potential with each succeeding generation, partially to prove that Japanese vehicles could be just as good - if not better - than American vehicles, but also to prove the Corolla could become a best-seller in Japan and America. With the second and third generation, in an effort to create a sportier car, the Corolla expanded its bodies to feature two hardtop models, offered a 1.6L, water-cooled inline-four engine with 102 horsepower for the higher trims, and a three-speed automatic or five-speed manual. The 1975 model also included a catalytic convertor for emission standards. The sport coupe was introduced in the following year, including a liftback, hatchback, wagon, and sedan model to reach all different crowds and interests of buyers.

In the 1980s, the Corolla evolved to meet the expectation of improved quality. A diesel engine option, new aerodynamic body, greater luxury, and better fuel economy kept the Corolla in the eyes of consumers. It was ahead of its time, and began to offer front-wheel drive with four-speed automatic transmission and finally included that overhead cam engine. This decade brought an end to the rear-wheel drive models, but not without a bang. The beloved and legendary AE86 and its brother the AE85 were the last models equipped with RWD, and would become the forefathers of drifting because of it. Adhering to Toyota's system of offering multiple body styles, a van version was created during this era, too.

Since then, the Corolla has been a car that wishes to appeal to the senses. A slim and healthy body with a quality interior and an improved feel was the goal for the 1990s. Better handling and stopping, fuel injection, 130 horsepower for the GT-S, and optional ABS were all features of the early 1990s. By the eighth generation in 1998, the only available body was the sedan, which came with a new CD player and power-steering. The cabin size was improved while the exterior held a slim image, and the main focus veered towards energy and performance. By the end of the ninth generation, the XRS trim offered a 2.4L 4-cylinder engine with 170 horsepower as the Corolla - since its inception - continued to improve in quality and performance. The tenth generation led to a daunting feat: improvements on a global scale. The base offered a 1.8L 4-cylinder engine with 132 horsepower and still offered manual or automatic transmission.

The current, eleventh generation has redesigned the exterior into a lower, wider, and more stylish trim. It’s marketed as “The World’s Most Popular Car” and for good reason; it’s sold in 164 countries and is an easy car to handle with straightforward and painless features. A sportier version is offered in the S trim with a newly designed front end, and the LE ECO caters to economical drivers who want the best gas mileage. Featuring LED low beams, a 21-inch touch screen display, standard blue tooth , a quieter drive with improved handling, and a roomier cabin, the Corolla continues to be a reliable worldwide superstar, desired in many places across the globe.

Did You Know?

The name Corolla means “crown of flowers” in Latin. The name was chosen in hopes that the new model would “bloom” in the market and establish itself as a reputable car with distinctive beauty. It seems as though it has succeeded in that.

Need Toyota Corolla Parts?

Introduced in Japan in 1966 and in the United States two years later, the Toyota Corolla is a compact car which has become incredibly popular – and one of the best selling cars - across the world. The Toyota Corolla gained wild popularity for a reason. Quality engineering and manufacturing created a reliable car with great longevity at an affordable price. Toyota is known for its constant innovation and engineering and it shows in the Corolla. A fun car to drive, it can be seen all over the road today. Perfect for driving to work, bringing the kids to school, picking up groceries, or for a spontaneous road trip, the Toyota Corolla will take you to your destination in style. However, while the Toyota Corolla has great longevity, even the most durable vehicles need maintenance. Thankfully, 1A Auto provides premium Toyota Corolla aftermarket replacement parts to replace your worn and broken OEM parts. Our Toyota Corolla parts are built to last, so you can continue to take your Corolla everywhere you need to. 1A Auto Parts supplies new aftermarket Toyota Corolla door handles, exhaust manifolds, headlights, taillights, weatherstripping, window regulators, and more. So, what are you waiting for? Buy your aftermarket Toyota Corolla parts from 1A Auto Parts today.

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Don't settle for less and let faulty equipment ruin your drive – order from 1A Auto today and get your replacement aftermarket Toyota Corolla parts delivered fast. If you happen to be an enthusiastic Toyota Corolla owner, have a deep passion, or just want to learn more about it, continue reading below for a look at the vehicle's history and some fun facts.

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