Toyota Corolla Levin ZR vs Corolla GLX (2013) Review

February 18th, 2013 by darren

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When it comes to popularity contests the Corolla Levin ZR and GLX are the Wills and Kate of the car world. The Corolla, a 5-door, front-wheel drive hatchback, is the biggest-selling car by quite a long way, eclipsing the Ford F-Series, Volkswagen Golf and Volkswagen Beetle with (probably) more than 40 million units sold by the time you read this, versus around 36, 27 and 24 million for the others, respectively.

Toyota-Corolla-Levin-f-interiorWhile the new Corolla doesn’t have anything as interesting to the masses as a Continue reading “Toyota Corolla Levin ZR vs Corolla GLX (2013) Review” »

Toyota Corolla Wagon 2012 Review

November 29th, 2012 by Darren Cottingham

In human terms, the Corolla’s oldest traceable ancestors would be living in the mid 1700s. In car terms, things move more quickly and 1966 saw the birth of the first Corolla. This new version is the eleventh generation that aims to continue to provide practical, no frills motoring.

It comes with a 1.5-litre petrol engine which needs to be worked hard to get it moving. You can get it in manual (recommended if you want to drive it) or CVT (recommended if you get stuck in rush hour frequently). You will get better economy from the Continue reading “Toyota Corolla Wagon 2012 Review” »

Toyota Corolla takes back No.1 sales spot in NZ

October 7th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

The Toyota Corolla has taken back the number one sales spot on the NZ national sales charts, both for the month of September and year to date. The Corolla has faced stiff competition this year from the new 2011 Suzuki Swift and the pair have dueled it out for total sales supremacy.

Official data for the month of September shows Corolla outsold all other passenger and commercial vehicles, and Toyota’s Hilux ute took a strong second place. It was a very strong month for Toyota with four vehicles in the sales top 10 – the others being the Highlander SUV and the Hiace van.

Steve Prangnell, general manager Sales and Operations, said the sales figures reflect the full recovery of Toyota’s international supply chain, which slowed for several months after Japan’s earthquake and tsunami. “To have Hilux at the top of the overall year to date table, and Corolla a strong second, is incredibly pleasing. It shows Kiwis trust the Toyota brand and keep turning to the vehicles they know and love.” Continue reading “Toyota Corolla takes back No.1 sales spot in NZ” »

Ruck and ‘Rolla

September 3rd, 2011 by Tim Grimley

Eight years ago I, the current Mrs Grimley and my old mate Boz were perched on the stained and wobbly stools of Brannigans bar in Hinckley, England. Before us in glorious low definition colour, a projection screen beamed the moment that will forever go down in Pommie rugby folklore as Jonny Wilkinson held his nerve and struck the drop goal that ensured the Rugby World Cup would be heading to Blighty.

Those of you old enough to remember when the All Blacks last clinched the trophy will appreciate the feeling of euphoria that swept through me and thoroughly understand why I decided to celebrate with a breakfast consisting of eight pints of Guinness and a bag of chips. It probably would have been more, but after the eighth pint a man from Rugby Lions RFC called to inform me that they had no one to play first five that day and I wasn’t allowed to say ‘no’.

So while the men in white were still receiving the adulation of the world, I retched and farted my way around a remote pitch in rural Warwickshire in what is still the worst display at fly-half anyone has ever witnessed. I was convinced we lost the game, but apparently I kicked a penalty that I can’t even remember taking and we drew 6-6.

But even through the dense alco-haze of that day I will never forget the play which led up to that historic Wilkinson kick. From Lewis Moody winning the line out, through to the final push from Martin Johnson, everything was orchestrated and manipulated to put England in the place to take their one chance. What little flair the team had was abandoned in favour of utmost pragmatism. The goal was a simple one; win. Continue reading “Ruck and ‘Rolla” »

Suzuki Swift dominates NZ new car sales in April

May 10th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

The Suzuki Swift, is re-establishing its dominance as the top selling passenger vehicle in the New Zealand market. The Swift was the number one new car choice in April, according to Motor Industry Association figures, with total sales 66 per cent ahead of its nearest rival – the Toyota Corolla.

A new version of the Swift was launched in New Zealand in February and has reignited the strong sales figures achieved by its predecessor in the last six years. In year to date sales, the Swift is still running second overall to the Toyota Corolla.

“Total new car sales in New Zealand for the opening third of this year are up by 11 per cent but the average sales rate for new Swifts is 29 per cent higher,” said Tom Peck, general manager of marketing for Suzuki New Zealand.

“Swift has a well established history in our country dating back 27 years. However, it was the arrival of the fifth generation model in 2005 that really saw the car take off,” he said. Continue reading “Suzuki Swift dominates NZ new car sales in April” »

Kiwi Corolla owners unaffected by huge US recall

August 30th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Toyota New Zealand has announced that kiwi Corolla owners are unaffected by a recall of late-model Corolla vehicles in the US.

Over in the States, approximately 1.13 million vehicles are affected by a problem which could cause the 1ZZ-FE 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine to stall. Three accidents have been reported in America, so far, though Toyota hasn’t confirmed that these incidents were indeed caused by this engine stalling issue.

Here in NZ, Paul Carroll, General Manager of After Sales for Toyota New Zealand, says no Corollas in New Zealand — including Japanese imports — are fitted with the electronic control module used in the US market.

“The potentially faulty electronic control module used the US market is supplied by a different manufacturer than those in New Zealand vehicles. No vehicles here are affected and owners can have confidence in their Corollas.”

Mr Carroll says Toyota in the US will replace the control modules on affected vehicles, which could malfunction and cause harsh gear changes, or in the worst case, stalling.

Toyota NZ releases special edition Corolla Edge

July 6th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Toyota has announced the release of two special edition versions of their Corolla range.

Featuring both interior and exterior enhancements, the new Corolla ‘Edge’ delivers up to $4,200 worth of extra value compared to the Corolla GX versions on which they are based.

Toyota New Zealand General Manager of Sales and Operations, Steve Prangnell said, “We’re excited to introduce the special edition Corolla ‘Edge’ into the market. They give our customers sporty styling and great value paired with Corolla’s reputation for quality and reliability.”

Only 30 units of the sedan ‘Edge’ will be offered, while 150 examples of the hatch model will be produced.

So what’s special about the Corolla Edge?

Exclusive to the Corolla hatch ‘Edge’ model are body coloured front and rear spoilers. Sourced from Europe, this body kit gives the special edition a unique, more aggressive look.

Both ‘Edge’ models come standard with 17 inch ten-spoke alloy wheels, ‘Edge’ branded floor mats front and rear, ‘Edge’ badging, and an upgraded audio system.

The six disc MP3/WMA compatible CD player incorporates USB and 3.5mm auxiliary input jacks as well as Bluetooth handsfree telephone compatibility and wireless audio streaming.

Unique to the Corolla sedan ‘Edge’ is a reversing camera. This provides an image for tricky reversing manoeuvres, displayed on the LED screen of the upgraded audio unit.

Both models are offered in Silver Pearl, Graphite and Wildfire, while the hatch adds Glacier White and Tidal Blue.

Both hatch and sedan models are fitted with a 100kW, 1.8 litre petrol engine and 4-speed automatic transmission.

All Corolla hatch and sedan models offer driver and passenger front, driver’s knee, front seat side and front/rear curtain shield airbags. An Anti-lock System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA) is standard, as is Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Traction Control (TRC).

The hatch model is offered at a recommended sales price of $34,990, while the sedan is recommended for sale at $33,490.

The Toyota Corolla was the top-selling vehicle in 2009 and over 210,000 Corolla’s have been sold in New Zealand since the first model was launched in 1969.

To read a Car and SUV review of the current model Toyota Corolla, click here.

To read a Car and SUV review of the Toyota Yaris Edge, click here.

Toyota Corolla Wagon 2010 Review

June 25th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

When you’ve earned an advantage you maximise it any way you can. That’s a fact sportsmen know, politicians know, and Toyota knows well. The Corolla is the biggest selling car in the world and an institution here in NZ, so why not offer three body shapes? The Corolla hatch is big business, the sedan less so, while the wagon is the quiet achiever of the range. The wagon may provide a tempting prospect for fleet customers and those who desire Corolla reliability with added practicality.  So can this stretched Corolla work equally well for sales-reps and families alike? Car and SUV played taskmaster with the Japanese wagon to find out more.

The Corolla Wagon represents a special deal, it’s only available in very limited markets and reaches our shores in just one GX trim level. Priced at $31,190 the Wagon easily undercuts its hatch and sedan siblings by $3 — $8k but is an expectedly bare-bones machine.

The Corolla Wagon’s utilitarian appeal kicks off with a basic exterior aesthetic. A make-up-free Corolla face leads the way and silver hubcaps mask 15-inch steel wheels. All bumpers and door handles are colour coded and visibility is aided by a large glasshouse. There are some nice touches found under closer inspection like wing mirrors with indicator repeaters and a cheeky crease line at the base of the D-pillar giving extra shape to the rear. Halogen headlamps light the way ahead well and jeweled single piece taillights cap off what’s a modern and practical but somewhat uninspired look.

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