Toyopet Corona

Released date : 1960/ 4/ 1

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Grade Toyopet_Corona
Model type
Model type PT20
Curb mass(kg) 940
Dimensions Length(mm) 3990
Width(mm) 1490
Height(mm) 1440
Wheelbase(mm) 2400
Engine Engine code P
Engine type In-line 4-cylinder, OHV (P)
Displacement(cm3) 997
Max. output kW(PS)/r.p.m. -/45/5000
* 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 PT20(1000).
The second-generation Corona that appeared in April 1960 had originally been designed to be the first-generation model, but its release was postponed because another model was put together and given the Corona name. Sales of this first-generation Corona soon stagnated, however, as the Datsun Bluebird came out in 1959 to capture the public's attention. Accordingly, the release date of the second-generation model was pushed forward.

Unlike its predecessor, the second-generation model featured regularly-proportioned straight contours. Its silhouette and parts of its external appearance were revealed in newspaper ads before the announcement date. The teaser campaign proved successful, and nearly 40,000 people gathered at the announcement venue in Tokyo. To improve ride comfort, a cantilever suspension with a leaf spring and coil springs was adopted for the rear wheels. Initially a 1,000 cc Type P engine was the only available power unit, although the Corona 1500 featuring a 1,453 cc engine with 60 PS was added to the lineup in March 1961, followed by the 1500 Deluxe model aimed at private owners in October 1961.

In addition, two other models were released with a 2-speed Toyoglide automatic transmission and the Saxomat automatic clutch, respectively, enhancing the ease of driving. With the introduction of the 1,500 cc model, the problematic rear suspension was replaced with a rigid axle semi-oval leaf spring system.
Plant Honsha plant, Motomachi plant
"Toyopet" : The Toyopet brand name was chosen in a public naming competition. The "corona" is the ring of pearly light around the sun. The name was apt for this robust and approachable family car.

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