32 Facts About Toyota Corona


Toyota Corona is an automobile manufactured by the Japanese automaker Toyota across eleven generations between 1957 and 2001.

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On launch, the Corona was Toyota's next to highest product in their range, just below the Crown.

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In 2014, editors at Car and Driver called the Corona one of the best Toyota's ever made, saying Toyota survived long enough to thrive in America because of the Corona.

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The Toyota Corona Sports Coupe was a concept car shown at the 1963 Tokyo Motor Show – it shared little with the Toyota Corona except the suspension and the name.

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Toyota released the Corona was released one year after the debut of the Corona's traditional competitor, the Nissan Bluebird.

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In November 1966, Toyota introduced the Corolla, a smaller vehicle to address the market that needed a more fuel efficient vehicle, allowing the Corona to increase in size.

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Exports of this Toyota Corona proved popular in the US and Europe, with increased engine performance and durability improvements over previous versions.

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Corona was the first Toyota assembled in New Zealand, from February 1967 at Steel Brothers' Motor Assemblies in Christchurch.

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The Toyota Corona was assembled by Australian Motor Industries in Melbourne, with the 12R engine.

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Toyota Corona was redesigned in August 1971, with the low-mounted wraparound turn signals removed and a new grille.

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The Toyota Corona pick-up was no longer manufactured due to the introduction of the Hilux in 1969.

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Sales of the Toyota Corona continued to grow as a result of the 1973 oil crisis.

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Toyota Corona saw new competitors in both Japan, Europe and the United States from the Honda Accord in 1976, and the Subaru DL in 1974.

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The advantage the Honda and Subaru had over the Toyota Corona was that both vehicles were front-wheel-drive, while the Toyota Corona was rear-wheel-drive.

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Toyota Corona range received a thorough facelift in August 1980, with new rearwards sloping rectangular headlights which gave it a more modern appearance at the front.

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The rest of the Toyota Corona range was taken out of production for the Japanese market in December 1981.

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When introduced, the Toyota Corona Van was available as a 1600 or an 1800, both using engines not installed in the rest of the range.

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In North America, the Toyota Corona was replaced for the 1983 model year by the similarly sized but front-wheel-drive Camry sedan and five-door hatchback.

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In 1981 the Australian Toyota Corona received the same facelift as seen elsewhere, with a new rearward sloping front.

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Later in the run, Toyota Corona NZ added a locally assembled Liftback version with the 1.

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T140, which would become the longest running Toyota Corona series, entered production as a rear-wheel-drive sedan, coupe and wagon in January 1982.

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Manufacture by Toyota Corona Australia continued until 1987, by which time the T150 series had already been released.

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The T140 Toyota Corona was not exported in large numbers to Europe, as most importers focused on the slightly smaller Carina and then the front-wheel-drive T150-series cars.

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Toyota Corona released a limited edition Olympic model in 1984, offering a full digital instrument cluster in either manual or automatic and in both sedan and wagon body variants.

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Toyota Corona returned to a platform naming tradition, assigned to different body styles this generation was made available, abandoned in 1978.

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In 1983, the T150 Toyota Corona became the first Japanese made car with digital color liquid crystal gauges.

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Corona and the Toyota Carina continued to increase in size as its popularity grew.

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Five-door Toyota Corona liftback was sold as the "Toyota Corona SF" in Japan, in a much smaller lineup than the four-door sedan.

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The Toyota Corona EXiV followed from the successes of the Toyota Corona Coupe, by introducing a sleek appearance of a low-slung coupe, while adding two more doors, in the tradition of a four-door coupe.

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Early examples of the Toyota Corona T190 looks similar to the 1992 Japanese spec model.

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The Corona Premio was offered as Base Premio, Premio E, and Premio G Four-cylinder engine choices are 1.

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The automatic model of the Toyota Corona Premio came with three selectable driving modes for its electronically controlled transmission: Normal, ECT PWR, and ECT MANU .

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