Toyota presentó hoy en el Salón de Guangzhou (China) la doceava generación del auto más vendido del mundo: el Corolla. La versión sedán del modelo de la marca japonesa para el Segmento C (compacto) se renovó por completo, se fabricará en Brasil y llegará a la Argentina en 2020.

La versión sedán fue la última en presentarse sobre la base del Corolla XII. En marzo ya se había revelado la versión hatchback Auris (ver fotos) y en septiembre se había presentado la carrocería familiar, Touring Sports (ver fotos).

El nuevo Corolla utiliza la Plataforma TNGA, que Toyota ya estrenó en el modelo C-HR y que también utilizará en la próxima generación del Prius. Es una base estructural diseñada para utilizar mecánicas eléctricas e híbridas.

Además, Toyota asegura que la Plataforma TNGA permitió lograr “un centro de gravedad más bajo, un exterior más deportivo y un diseño interior más moderno, a la vez que entrega mejoras en la conducción y la performance”.

La única medida exterior que reveló la marca hasta el momento fue la distancia entre ejes: 2.700 milímetros, la misma del Corolla actual. Sin embargo, Toyota asegura que gracias al mayor aprovechamiento del volumen que permite la nueva plataforma, se mejoró el espacio para los pasajeros de las plazas traseras.

Con respecto a las motorizaciones, la marca informó que habrá diferentes variantes híbridas sobre la base de dos motorizaciones nafteras: 1.8 (121 cv) y 2.0 (178 cv). También estrenará una renovada caja automática CVT, con seis marchas preprogramadas.

El primer Corolla se presentó en 1966 y, desde entonces, se vendieron más de 46 millones de unidades en todo el mundo. La Generación XII comenzará a venderse, a partir de 2019, en más de 150 países.

Justo en un momento cuando muchas marcas deciden abandonar el segmento de los sedanes, Toyota asegura que el Corolla "tiene una larga vida por delante".

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Oficial: la nueva generación del Toyota Corolla llegará a la Argentina en 2020
Toyota Corolla Fielder (familiar), Corolla Auris (hatchback) y Corolla Sedán. Sólo este último está confirmado para la Argentina.

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Comunicado de prensa de Toyota Toyota Unveils New Corolla Sedans at China's Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition

Guangzhou, China, November 16, 2018”•Toyota today unveils new sedan models in the Corolla series (known in China as "Corolla" and "Levin") in a world premiere at the Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition, which opened November 16.

The new models deliver enhanced basic performance achieved by the GA-C platform, and include the Sporty model (in North America, China (Levin), Japan, and other countries/regions) with an active, energetic edge, and the Prestige model (in China (Corolla), Europe, and other countries/regions) sporting an exterior design that produces a striking, high-end appearance.

Sales in the United States and Europe are scheduled to start in spring 2019. The new models will gradually be rolled out in more than 150 countries and regions, including the start of sales of the new Corolla and Levin in China after mid-2019. In Japan, new sedan and wagon models, based on the Sporty model, will be optimized for Japanese customers and roads, with sales launch slated for within 2019.

"We have striven to design new models that are eye-catching, and fun to both ride in and drive. By enhancing not just the fun factors that are unique to cars, but "connectivity" functions to create new value, I wanted to make this new model a car that enriches mobility for customers around the world," stated Yoshiki Konishi, chief engineer of the models. "I believe the Corolla series, with its millions of customers around the world, is a key touchstone model for gauging the success of Toyota's "making ever-better cars" philosophy carried out through TNGA. I am confident that customers will see that Toyota's car-making has changed significantly."

Corolla is Toyota's all-time best-selling car series, with more than 46 million cars sold worldwide (including derivative models) since the first generation was released in Japan in 1966. With each new generation, Corolla has evolved. New advanced features and functions have been introduced to suit the needs of the time, all the while inheriting its core DNA”•reliability and usability”•from the very first generation.

Based on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) initiative to structurally transform vehicle development, the new platform has been unified globally within the present 12th generation, including the hatchback model that went on sale in summer 2018, and the wagon model released in regions such as Europe in early 2019. The new generation hatchback and wagon models in Europe and other countries and regions also take the Corolla name, further strengthening the Corolla brand.

The new platform offers improved performance characterized by smooth driving, ride comfort, quietness, and safety. The Corolla delivers a joyful driving experience to customers in a wide range of countries and regions, backed by a total of one million kilometers of test driving in five continents.

Enabled by TNGA's new platform, the exterior design concept, Shooting Robust, instills an active essence, achieving a firm, lower center of gravity and sporty silhouette, complemented by a lower stance and wider tread than current models.

The interior design is based on a Sensuous Minimalism concept (a design that is simple yet sensuously appealing), aptly incorporating a sleek instrument panel that conveys a comfortable spaciousness, and integrated functional parts, creating a refined elegance.

The enhanced driving and environmental performance originates from various powertrains that suit the needs and characteristics of customers across diverse countries and regions, including the recent powertrains developed under TNGA initiatives (e.g., 2.0-liter Dynamic Force Engine, Direct Shift-CVT, 6-speed manual transmission). Hybrid models equipped with the latest hybrid technologies will be newly introduced in more than 90 countries and regions, playing a key role in the widespread adoption of electrified vehicles. The new models are also equipped with upgraded advanced safety features, in the form of the latest Toyota Safety Sense, with specifications and availability refined for each market, ensuring the Corolla contributes to the widespread use of safer cars.

The new models offer optimal connected functions and services tuned to each market, delivering safety and security as well as comfort and convenience by connecting people and cars, and cars and society. In China, the new models come standard with an onboard Data Communication Module (DCM), an integral component of Toyota Connected. Connected services will be introduced across all grades, providing "just-in-time" services and offering security and peace of mind to customers 24/7. Other examples include Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa compatibility in the United States, and services in Europe that allow the car to be connected to an operator in emergency situations and the dispatch of rescue vehicles based on the car's location.

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