Released date : 1970/ 5/ 6

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Grade SL Deluxe Standard
Model type
Model type KE20-S KE20-D KE20
Curb mass(kg) 765 750 730
Dimensions Length(mm) 3945 3945 3945
Width(mm) 1505 1505 1505
Height(mm) 1375 1375 1375
Wheelbase(mm) 2335 2335 2335
Engine Engine code K K K
Engine type Water-cooled, in-line 4-cylinder, OHV Water-cooled, in-line 4-cylinder, OHV Water-cooled, in-line 4-cylinder, DOHC 16valve
Displacement(cm3) 1166 1166 1166
Max. output kW(PS)/r.p.m. -/77/6600 -/68/6000 -/68/6000
* The specifications are those of representative model grades.
* Max. output represents a net rating. In the above table, digits separated by slashes ( / / ) stand for kW, PS, and r.p.m., respectively.
* The model numbers of these vehicles are KE20, KE20D, KE20-S, KE20N, KE25-S, KE25-D.
Since its inception in 1966, the Corolla has steadily led the compact family car market in Japan. On the occasion of its first major model change in May 1970, the Corolla Sprinter model was spun off to form the Toyota Sprinter line, to be marketed through the Toyota Auto sales channel instead of the Corolla channel. The Corolla added a new coupé in its line, though the body was the same as that of the Sprinter coupé.

The second-generation Corolla became a size larger than its predecessor. A 4-door van was added to the body variations, which also included 2- and 4-door sedans, a 2-door coupé, and a 2-door van. The quarter windows were removed, while resin moldings were employed around the front grille and rear combination lamps to give the car a distinctive look. The cabin featured high-backed front seats with integrated headrests.

The second-generation Corolla initially inherited the inline 4-cylinder OHV 1,200 cc engine (3K) from its predecessor, to which Type T engines were added (OHV 1,400 cc/1,600 cc and DOHC 1,600 cc) midway through its model life, and eventually a choice of three engines with six variations were made available. Other mechanical components were also inherited from the previous model, except that a common MacPherson strut system without a transverse leaf spring was employed for the front suspension.
Plant Takaoka plant, Kanto Auto Works, Ltd.
A "corolla" is the ring of petals around the central part of a flower. The name was intended to evoke the image of a beautifully styled, eye-catching compact car.

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