Toyopet Corona

Released date : 1964/ 9/12

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Grade Corona_Deluxe Corona_Standard Corona_1200cc
Model type
Model type RT40-D(RT40-DC) RT40(RT40-C) PT40
Curb mass(kg) 945 920 900
Dimensions Length(mm) 4110 4065 4065
Width(mm) 1550 1550 1550
Height(mm) 1420 1420 1420
Wheelbase(mm) 2420 2420 2420
Engine Engine code R R P
Engine type In-line 4-cylinder, OHV In-line 4-cylinder, OHV In-line 4-cylinder, OHV
Displacement(cm3) 1490 1490 1198
Max. output kW(PS)/r.p.m. -/70/5000 -/70/5000 -/55/5000
* 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 RT40(1500), PT40(1200).
The third-generation Corona made its debut in September 1964, taking advantage of various experiences gained from preceding models. To coincide with the release, a 100,000 km non-stop high-speed test drive was publicly conducted at the newly opened Meishin Expressway, the success of which demonstrated the speed and endurance of the new Corona.

The third-generation Corona became the best-selling car within four months of its debut, and remained in the top spot until superseded by the Corolla in 1968. It also became the first model to sell a million units in Japan. The boxy body design that followed the then popular flat-deck styling was accentuated by the "arrow line" -- the decorative line on each side of the body running from above the front bumper all the way to the rear. The four headlamps also gave the Corona its characteristic appearance.

In addition to the 4-door sedan, there were some other body variations including 2- and 4-door vans, and 2-door single- and double-cab pickup trucks. In July 1965, the first 2-door hardtop in Japan was added to the line, followed by a 5-door sedan in November. The latter, a multi-purpose hatchback sedan, presented a highly advanced design to the private car market in Japan. Initially, a 1,490 cc inline 4-cylinder OHV 70 PS unit (2R) was the only available engine. The transmission was either a 4-speed manual or a 2-speed Toyoglide automatic. In April 1968, the newly added Golden series featured a 1,600 cc SOHC engine (7R series).

The third-generation Corona also became Toyota's first passenger car that was widely accepted in overseas markets, including the U.S.
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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