Facts About the Eighth Generation
Overseas production surpassing domestic production
The Corolla has become a car cherished by every nation throughout the world. To increase the export volume and allow even more customers to enjoy the splendor of the Corolla, overseas production was started in Malaysia in 1968. Then in 1999, the production volume in Japan was surpassed by the overseas production volume as the Corolla transformed into a vehicle cherished worldwide, living up to its name in form and content. Today, the Corolla is produced in 16 countries and regions throughout the world.
Space efficiency — a topic of conversation
In the past, the Corolla Wagon had a strong image as a trusty work-use model. However, around 1987, its popularity amongst younger consumers began to increase. The eighth generation Corolla Wagon, which became a topic of conversation for its unique TV commercial, was nicknamed "Coro-gon." With its excellent space efficiency, the model was a good match for the lifestyle of that period, and in Japan, a sales volume was recorded that gained on that of the sedan.
The newly developed engine that had already existed in the past generation
The domestic Corolla, which was reborn as a ninth generation model in 2000, proudly adopted the "new" 1ZZ-FE engine with VVT-i. However, the predecessor to this engine, the 1ZZ-FE engine without VVT-i, had already been adopted by the eighth generation Corolla produced in North America. This reversal of new technology being first adopted in an overseas model ahead of a domestic model occurred because the Corolla is sold and produced worldwide. The ninth generation Corolla sold in North America also adopted this engine with VVT-i.
The eighth generation Corolla was introduced in 1995. In 1992, the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (Global Summit) was held, followed in 1997 by the Kyoto Conference on the Prevention of Global Warming, which became the foundation for current day CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions regulations. This was a time in which the society began to think seriously about global environmental protection. With these social conditions, the design team faced the challenge of not only improving the fuel efficiency of the engine, but also of putting the vehicle on a diet to reduce the vehicle weight. In addition to brainstorming the optimum body structure, computer analysis was used to optimize the structure, and high strength steel sheet was widely used. As a result, a high rigidity body was achieved, fuel economy was improved, and weight reductions up to a maximum of 50kgs for the sedan and 70kgs for the coupe were implemented successfully.