Toyota Corolla: World’s Most Popular Car
40 Million Units Sold Over 47 Years, 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.
New Delhi, September 5, 2013 - 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.
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: http://www.toyota-
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”
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)
Total Installed Production capacity - Upto 3,10,000 units
For any further information please contact:
Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt. Ltd.
Mobile : 0-9740900029