Released date : 1987/ 5/15

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Grade 1600_Twin Cam 16_GT 1500_XE 1300_TX
Model type
Curb mass(kg) 1020 930 890
Dimensions Length(mm) 4195 4195 4195
Width(mm) 1655 1655 1655
Height(mm) 1360 1365 1365
Wheelbase(mm) 2430 2430 2430
Engine Engine code 4A-GE 5A-F 2E
Engine type Water-cooled, in-line 4-cylinder, DOHC Water-cooled, in-line 4-cylinder, DOHC Water-cooled, in-line 4-cylinder, OHC
Displacement(cm3) 1587 1498 1295
Max. output kW(PS)/r.p.m. -/120/6600 -/85/6000 -/73/6000
* 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 AE92(1600), AE91(1500), EE90(1300), CE90(1800Diesel).
The sixth-generation Corolla released in May 1987 was designed under the theme, "a global high-quality sedan beyond its class," raising the perceived status of the car. In Japan, the 5-door liftback model was discontinued. The van and wagon (which had skipped the changeover to the fifth generation) were renovated based on the sixth-generation Corolla sedan, and were released three months after the sedan. The van only came in a 4-door body.

The available engines included 1.3-liter 75 PS (2E), 1.5-liter 83 PS (5A-F), and 1.6-liter DOHC (4A-GEU) gasoline engines, and a 1.8-liter diesel unit. The top-end G Touring wagon featured the same MacPherson strut and coil spring rear suspension system employed in the sedan. In May 1989, the main 1.5-liter engine was upgraded to an EFI version.

In October 1989, the first 4-wheel-drive (4WD) model was added to the Corolla sedan. It reflected the fact that 4WD was becoming essential for snowy regions and not a feature for those who enjoyed off-road driving as a hobby. From that time on, many other versions of the Corolla began to offer a 4WD option.

In 1990, the Corolla series sold 308,000 units in Japan, establishing record annual new car sales by brand. The record stood for many years, until it was broken by the Prius in 2010.
Plant Takaoka plant, Kanto Auto Works, Ltd., DAIHATSU MOTOR CO., 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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