Just in time for March’s ’19’ plate and Brexit deadline comes new British-built Toyota Corolla, which RAY MASSEY has been driving
Just in time for March’s ’19’ plate and the Brexit deadline comes the intriguing new British-built Toyota Corolla.
I’ve been driving the latest models from the 12th-generation range in Majorca as the Corolla, with 46 million sales since 1966, ditches diesel for petrol-electric, self-charging hybrid power.
The perky hatchback, aimed at young couples with a child, is expected to account for two-thirds of UK sales, while the Touring Sports estate is geared towards active families who need more space and flexibility. Both are built at the Burnaston factory in Derbyshire, where Toyota has invested £240 million, and exported extensively to mainland Europe.
Hybrid star: The new 12th-generation Toyota Corolla hatchback
The name Corolla is derived from the Latin word for crown.
Hands on: They live up to global chief executive Akio Toyoda’s demand for ‘no more boring cars’
They’re eye-catching, frugal, fun, practical and stylish and, on looks alone, live up to global chief executive Akio Toyoda’s demand for ‘no more boring cars’.
Futuristic: There’s plenty of kit on offer including 3D-effect digital dials, head-up display, a panoramic sunroof and parking assist
Best seller will be the economical Icon Tech 1.8-litre 122hp, but go for the 2-litre if you want more oomph. Some 90 per cent of all Corollas will be hybrid, with just one in ten pure petrol.
On demand: The hatchback is a rival to Volkswagen’s Golf and replaces the Auris
That’s because up to half of typical commuting journeys can be accomplished by the hybrid in all-electric mode, says Toyota.
Sleek: The new Corolla marks a return for the famous name after a 12-year absence
The new Corolla marks a return for the famous name after a 12-year absence. The hatchback is a rival to Volkswagen’s Golf and replaces the Auris.
Budget: The Corolla range is priced from £21,300 for the hatchback Icon 1.2-litre
There are four Corolla trim levels: Icon, Icon Tech, Design and Excel.
Choice: There are four Corolla trim levels: Icon, Icon Tech, Design and Excel
There are two hybrid engines. First, a 2-litre engine developing 180hp that accelerates to 62mph in 7.9 seconds to a top speed of 112 mph. It averages between 50 mpg and 61 mpg, with low CO2 emissions from 89g/km.
Chic: The fourth-generation 1.8-litre hybrid developing 122hp that goes from rest to 62 mph in less than 11 seconds
Or there’s the fourth-generation 1.8-litre hybrid developing 122hp that goes from rest to 62 mph in less than 11 seconds with the same top speed and CO2 emissions from 76g/km.
There’s plenty of kit on offer including 3D-effect digital dials, head-up display, a panoramic sunroof and parking assist.
The Corolla range is priced from £21,300 for the hatchback Icon 1.2-litre, 116hp, pure petrol — the only such engine in the range — up to £30,340 for the 2-litre, 180hp, Touring Sports Excel hybrid.
Looking to the future: The high-tech cars of tomorrow will be built by the youth of today
ROLLS-ROYCE AND BENTLEY OFFERING APPRENTICESHIPS
The high-tech cars of tomorrow will be built by the youth of today. And British luxury car-makers Rolls-Royce and Bentley are among those offering apprenticeships to do just that — with more than 80 places between them.
Bentley in Crewe is seeking 51 new apprentices. This includes 15 digital apprentices to focus on future technologies as modern cars become increasingly high-tech and ‘connected’ with super-fast in-car wi-fi to make them true ‘offices on wheels’. Visit bentleycareers.com.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has announced 31 places lasting up to four years on its 2019 Apprenticeship Programme at its HQ in Goodwood, West Sussex, starting in August.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars chief executive Torsten Müller-Ötvös said previous apprentices are taking up leadership roles: ‘We are committed to developing future talent.’
Tread carefully: UK drivers are six times more likely to have an accident during the winter months
CONTINENTAL OFFERING MOTORISTS FREE TYRE DEMOS
Arguably the most neglected part of any car is the only bit that makes contact with the ground — the tyres.
But unlike much of Northern Europe, Britain does not have a law or system geared for changing to winter tyres.
UK drivers are six times more likely to have an accident during the winter months, says German tyre firm Continental.
So, for the first time in the UK, it is offering motorists free 20-minute demos of its award-winning all-weather AllSeasonContact tyres at Mercedes-Benz World at Brooklands, Surrey, between February 18 and 24.
Just turn up between 11am and 1pm, subject to availability. The driving experience in two cars — one with summer tyres, the other with the all-season variant — will show the difference in braking distances on a simulated icy track.