Toyota Corolla: World's Most Popular Car

Top Quote Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announces today that cumulative global sales of the Toyota "Corolla" surpassed 40 million as of July 31, 2013, reaching 40.013 million units. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) September 07, 2013 - Launched in November 1966 as a two-door sedan, the Corolla's global cumulative sales reached 1 million units after just four years on the market. In 1997, it became the world's best selling nameplate, with global cumulative sales exceeding 22.656 million units. Last year, approximately 1.161 million Corolla vehicles were sold globally-3,180 every day -in more than 150 countries and regions.

    Cumulative global sales of the Corolla account for one in five of all vehicles Toyota has sold in its 76-year history-a testament to the vehicle's significant contribution to the growth of the company.

    Talking about this important milestone, Mr. Hiroshi Nakagawa, MD and CEO, Toyota Kirloskar Motor said: "We are delighted to celebrate this important milestone in the 76 year history of Corolla sales across the globe. This milestone stands testimony to Corolla's popularity and worldwide acceptance.

    We are glad that we introduced this flagship model of Toyota in India in the year 2003.The Corolla Altis has been loved and appreciated by our Indian customers. We hope the Corolla will continue to bring happiness and well-being to people in India as around the world".

    The history of the ever-evolving Corolla, filled with examples of technology and quality improvement and efforts to better anticipate customer needs, is emblematic of Toyota's ever-better car accomplishments of today.

    More Corolla history:

    Reference 1: Current Corolla Production Bases
    Company name, country - Start of Corolla production
    Takaoka Plant (TMC), Japan - November 1966
    Toyota Motor Thailand Co., Ltd (TMT), Thailand - August 1972
    Toyota South Africa Motor (Pty) Ltd. (TSAM), South Africa - May 1975
    Toyota de Venezuela Compania Anonima (TDV), Venezuela - April 1986
    Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc. (TMMC), Canada - November 1988
    Indus Motor Company Ltd. (IMC), Pakistan - March 1993
    Toyota Motor Manufacturing Turkey Inc. (TMMT), Turkey - September 1994*
    Toyota Motor Vietnam Co. Ltd. (TMV), Vietnam - September 1996
    Toyota do Brasil LTDA. (TDB), Brazil - September 1998
    Kuozui Motor Ltd., Taiwan - March 2001
    Toyota Kirloskar Motor Private Ltd. (TKM), India - February 2003
    Tianjin FAW Toyota Motor Co., Ltd., (TFTM) China (two locations) - May 2004
    Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi Inc. (TMMMS), United States - October 2011
    Miyagi Ohira Plant, Toyota Motor East Japan, Inc, Japan - May 2012
    *No Corolla production between January 2007 and June 2013; 11th generation Corolla production began on June 17 2013

    Reference 2: The History of the Corolla

    Year - Month - Key milestones
    1966 - Nov. - Line-off of first 1100 cc Corolla at TMC's Takaoka Plant in Toyota City
    Sales of two-door sedan with four-speed floor shift transmission begin in Japan at Toyota Publica and Toyota Diesel dealers; prices range from 432,000 yen for standard model to 495,000 yen for deluxe model
    1967 - May - Four-door sedan and light van added
    1968 - Feb. - Overseas production begins at Assembly Services Sdn. Bhd. (ASSB) in Malaysia
    Apr. - Exports to the US begin
    - Corolla Sprinter launched in Japan
    May - Exports to Canada begin
    July - Production begins at Australian Motor Industries (now Toyota Motor Corporation Australia Ltd.)
    1969 - Mar. - Toyota Publica dealer channel changes name to Toyota Corolla
    - Start of 33-year run as best-selling car in Japan
    1970 - May - Second generation launched; coupe added
    - Millionth unit sold
    1972 - Aug. - Production begins at Toyota Motor Thailand Co., Ltd.
    1973 - Feb. - Production begins at Toyota Ireland (TI)
    1974 - Apr. - Third generation launched
    1975 - May - Production begins at Toyota South Africa Motor (Pty) Ltd.
    1976 - 5 millionth unit sold
    1979 - Mar. - Fourth generation launched
    1981 - Sept. - "Friendmatic" model added for people with disabilities in both lower limbs
    Dec. - Production at TI ends
    1982 - May - Corolla II launched
    - 10 millionth unit sold
    1984 - Oct. - Corolla FX launched
    1986 - Apr. - Production begins at Toyota de Venezuela C.A.
    Sept. - Corolla FX production begins at New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc. in U.S.
    1987 - May - Sixth generation launched
    1988 - Nov. - Production begins at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc.
    1989 - Oct. - Production begins at Toyota Motor Philippines Corp.
    - 15 millionth unit sold

    1991 - June - Seventh generation launched
    1992 - May - Corolla Ceres launched in Japan
    1993 - Mar. - Production begins at Indus Motor Company Ltd. in Pakistan
    1994 - Sept. - 20 millionth unit sold
    - Production begins at what is now Toyota Motor Manufacturing Turkey Inc. (TMMT)
    1995 - May - Eighth generation launched
    1996 - Sept. - Production begins at Toyota Motor Vietnam Co. Ltd.
    1997 - Jan. - Corolla Spacio launched in Japan
    1998 - Mar. - Production begins at PT. Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indonesia (TMMIN)
    Aug. - Production begins at Toyota do Brasil Ltda.'s Indaiatuba Plant
    Sept. - Corolla liftback production begins at Toyota Motor Manufacturing (U.K.) Ltd.
    1999 - July - Production at Toyota Motor Corporation Australia Ltd. Ends
    2000 - Aug. - Eighth generation launched
    - 25 millionth unit sold
    2001 - Jan. - Corolla RunX launched in Japan
    Mar. - Production begins at Kuozui Motor Ltd. in Taiwan
    2002 - Run as Japan's best-selling car ends (226,000 units sold vs. 250,000 Honda Fit sales)
    2003 - Oct. - Production at TMMIN ends
    - Japan sales crown retaken
    2004 - Feb. - Production begins at Tianjin FAW Toyota Motor Co., Ltd.'s (TFTM's) Xiqing Plant in China
    2005 - 30 millionth unit sold
    2006 - Oct. - Tenth generation launched
    Dec. - Production at TMUK ends
    2007 - May. - Production begins at TFTM's TEDA Plant
    Oct. - Corolla Rumion launched in Japan
    Aug. - Production at ASSB ends
    Dec. - Production at TMP ends
    2009 - 35 millionth unit sold
    2010 - Apr. - Production at NUMMI ends
    2011 - Nov. - Production begins at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Mississippi Inc. in U.S.
    2012 - May - Production begins at Toyota Motor East Japan, Inc.'s Ohira Plant in Miyagi Prefecture
    - Eleventh generation launched
    - Production begins at Sichuan FAW Toyota Motor Co., Ltd.'s (SFTM's) Changchun Plant in China
    2013 - Jun. - Production begins at TMMT
    July - 40 millionth unit sold
    - Production at SFTM ends

    Overview of TKM:
    Company name - Toyota Kirloskar Motor Private Limited
    Managing Director - Hiroshi Nakagawa
    Equity participation - TMC: 89%, Kirloskar group: 11%
    Number of employees - Approx. 6,000 +
    Land area - Aprox. 432 acres (approx.1,700,000 m2)
    Building area - 74,000 m2
    Total Installed Production capacity - Upto 3,10,000 units

    For any further information please contact:
    Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt. Ltd.
    Tarunya Mohan
    Mobile : 0-9740900029
    E-mail:tarunyamohan ( @ ) toyota-kirloskar dot

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