|Grade||1600_Twin Cam 16_GT||1500_XE||1300_TX|
|Engine type||Water-cooled, in-line 4-cylinder, DOHC||Water-cooled, in-line 4-cylinder, DOHC||Water-cooled, in-line 4-cylinder, OHC|
|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).|
|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.
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.