Corolla Sprinter

Released date : 1968/ 5/ 1

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Grade Sprinter SL Sprinter Deluxe Sprinter
Model type
Model type KE15-S KE15-D KE-15
Curb mass(kg) 730 715 705
Dimensions Length(mm) 3845 3845 3845
Width(mm) 1485 1485 1485
Height(mm) 1345 1345 1345
Wheelbase(mm) 2285 2285 2285
Engine Engine code K-B K K
Engine type Water-cooled, in-line, 4-cylinder, OHV Water-cooled, in-line 4-cylinder, OHV Water-cooled, in-line 4-cylinder, OHV
Displacement(cm3) 1077 1077 1077
Max. output kW(PS)/r.p.m. -/73/6600 -/60/6000 -/60/6000
* 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 KE15.
The progress of motorization in Japan gave rise to increasingly diverse demand across all vehicle classes, and a succession of new body variations were introduced even to the affordably priced cars. Among them was the Corolla Sprinter, a sporty Corolla-based fastback coupé. It was launched in May 1968, about a year and a half after the debut of the Corolla.

The Corolla Sprinter's body dimensions were the same as those of the Corolla sedan, except that the height was 35 mm lower. It featured sporty exterior and interior designs and accessories, and could accommodate five passengers. As the Corolla Sprinter was on a par with the Corolla sedan in terms of ride comfort and interior spaciousness, it had a great appeal to customers who wanted something more than just a sedan. The twin-carburetor SL model was priced just 30,000 yen higher than the sedan of the same grade, which appealed to value-conscious consumers. The Corolla Sprinter was marketed not through the Toyota Corolla channel but rather through the Toyota Auto channel (today's Netz channel). Its rival was the Datsun Sunny Coupé that was released by Nissan at about the same time.
Plant Takaoka plant
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.
"Starlet" : The meaning is the same as in English.

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