Corolla sedan revealed in Australia

Corolla sedan revealed in Australia

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Toyota has just launched its all-new Corolla sedan in Australia, which sees a 100mm increase in the length between the front and rear wheels over the previous model for more interior space, as well as the introduction of a new multi-drive automatic transmission.

Toyota’s Melbourne-based technical centre refined the chassis package for the Australian market cars to suit local driving conditions and driver demands, particularly on undulating country roads and unsealed and corrugated surfaces.

Technical centre engineers also re-calibrated Corolla’s electric power steering to ensure ease of parking as well as an intuitive level of steering response through roundabouts and on winding mountain roads.

Corolla is the world’s best-selling car with more than 40 million sales over 47 years, and Toyota’s best-selling model in Australia with 1.25 million customers.

The 1.8-litre petrol engine with Toyota’s acoustic controlled variable induction system has been refined to deliver 103kW of power and 173Nm of torque on regular unleaded petrol.

A six-speed manual transmission offers wide gear ratios to promote performance and smooth, quiet and refined driving with a four-per-cent fuel saving.

The previous model’s four-speed automatic transmission has been replaced by Toyota’s Multi-drive transmission, which offers a sequential seven-step mode and manual override.

Its key benefits are smooth driving with no compromise on economy or emissions, better acceleration from standstill than the manual, and a wider range of gear ratios.

It feels like a normal transmission because it uses a torque converter. Unlike other continuously variable transmissions, there is no slipping feel. Compared with a conventional auto, it has more responsive gear changes and there is no shift shock.

While the seven-speed Multi-drive transmission offers sporty driving, there’s also a significant fuel-economy benefit. On the official combined cycle, it uses just 6.6 litres/100km – an improvement of 10.8 per cent against the previous auto says Toyota.

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