The 12th generation Toyota Corolla in its hatchback guise made its debut in March 2018 whereas the 12th gen Corolla sedan made its global debut in two simultaneous events in China as well as USA on the 15th of November 2018. The Corolla began reaching global markets thereafter and is today is sold in ‘almost’ every part of the world.
Based on the TNGA modular platform, the 12th gen Corolla is said to be better than ever. It is the safest, the most powerful, yet the most fuel efficient, the most fun to drive and the most beautiful Corolla ever produced as claimed by the company. While everyone of us know that Toyota Corolla is the world’s most successful car having sold more than 50 million units globally since it was first introduced in 1966. Not many know that the 12th generation Corolla itself is currently the highest selling car of the world.
According to Focus2Move, the market intelligence & consulting firm specialized in global automotive industry:
“We track the global vehicles sales since 2010 and always had the Toyota Corolla on top of the list with a global share between 1.3% and 1.5%. However in 2020, the Corolla reaches 1.6%.”
The 12th generation is also the first Corolla model ever to have a hybrid powerplant in its lineup. Before now, the hybrids were restricted to Japanese domestic versions (JDMs) only, which are narrower & slightly smaller in dimensions than international Corolla variants specifically to comply with regulations within Japan. The hybrid system offered with the 12th gen Corolla is said to be the most fuel efficient & the best system provided in a mass produced car.
This generation of Toyota Corolla also comes equipped the innovative Toyota Safety Sense package that takes driver assistance to the next level. Automatic High Beam, Road Sign Assist, Pre-Collision System with Night-time Pedestrian Detection, Pre-Collision System with Cyclist Detection, Full-range Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Trace Assist are some of the safety features worth mentioning.
Besides visual appeal, some of benefits of the 12th gen Corolla for regular users include better handling due to a lower center of gravity, improved & stiffer chassis for enhanced safety, better ride quality due to better suspension, better visibility due to a lower cowl, improved fuel economy, reduced emissions and a responsive steering etc.
Since its introduction in November 2018, the 12th gen Corolla has reached almost every corner of the world with markets including North America (USA, Canada), China, Japan, Europe, Oceania (Australia, New Zealand), Southeast Asia (Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines), Taiwan, South Africa & Brazil etc to name a few. The 12th gen Corolla has grabbed a number of automotive awards already while it has been awarded with the highest safety rating from leading crash testing bodies & safety organizations around the world.
However even after 3 years we are yet to welcome the 12th gen Corolla in Pakistan despite being the largest market for Toyota Corolla in the region. In 2020, the company was carrying trials and tests for the 12th gen Corolla, as spy shots of camouflaged test mules also appeared on the internet. However as of now, there is no concrete information on the arrival of latest generation Corolla in Pakistan.
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