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Toyota sells the 50 millionth Corolla

It was last July that the calculation of the sales of the Toyota corolla has reached the emblematic number of 50 millions copies sold around the world.

Globally, the Toyota corolla outperforms the Ford F-150, the Volkswagen Golf and, twice, the Volkswagen Beetle. No other vehicle can claim to have been produced and sold more than 50 million copies.

Deep roots

Produced since 1966, the Corolla has always touted itself as a popular and affordable car. In this regard, after its Canadian launch in 1969, the Corolla has since sold some 1.6 million copies here. In Quebec, year after year, between 12,000 and 15,000 Corollas find buyers. To this, it can be noted that the Corolla was assembled in Canada for over 25 years at Toyota’s facilities in Cambridge, Ontario.

Toyota Corolla 1999 (Australian Version)


What were the keys to the success of the Corolla? There are several factors that explain this great popularity. The format and prices are obviously in the foreground, but also the number of versions available over time. We must also add the fact that there are several Corollas in the world. The North American Corolla has not always been the same one the manufacturer released in Europe, Asia or Australia.

Toyota Corolla Cross 2022

Always up to date

Of course, the Corolla name has been around since 1966, and there are now no less than 12 different generations, just for North America. Product diversity helps the manufacturer attract even more buyers, and the Corolla has constantly adapted. For example, the 2022 range of the Corolla includes the traditional sedan, the hybrid as well as the hatchback version; and we will discover for the first time the Corolla Cross, a subcompact SUV. Even the legendary Corolla will not have resisted the temptation of SUVs.

Here in pictures is a step back in time with the various generations of the Toyota Corolla.

First generation: 1969-1970

Toyota Corolla 1969-1970

Second generation: 1971-1974

Toyota Corolla 1972

Third generation: 1975-1979

Toyota Corolla SR5 Sport Coupe 1977

Fourth generation: 1980-1984

Toyota Corolla SR5 Coupe 1981

Fifth generation: 1985-1988

Toyota Corolla 1986

Sixth generation: 1989-1992

1990 Toyota Corolla GT-S

Seventh generation: 1993-1997

Toyota Corolla 1994

Eighth generation: 1998-2002

Toyota Corolla 1998

Ninth generation: 2003-2008

2003 Toyota Corolla

Tenth generation: 2009-2013

Toyota Corolla 2009

Eleventh generation: 2014-2019

2015 Toyota Corolla

Twelfth generation: 2020-

Toyota Corolla Apex 2021


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