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Toyota Nigeria unveils new Corolla model

By Benjamin Alade
26 November 2021   |   2:50 am
Toyota Nigeria Limited, at the just concluded Abuja motor fair, has introduced the latest Corolla sedan into the market.

Toyota Nigeria Limited, at the just concluded Abuja motor fair, has introduced the latest Corolla sedan into the market.

The Corolla was the only new vehicle (model) unveiled at the 2021 Abuja auto fair.

Toyota Nigeria also used the opportunity to introduce the new Starlet, RAV 4 and other new models from the Toyota family.

The launch of the latest Corolla is coming a few months after the introduction of the transformed Starlet, tagged a subcompact sport utility vehicle.

The new Corolla was unveiled at the International Conference Centre venue of the Abuja International Motor Fair by the Director-General of the National Automotive Design and Development Council, Jelani Aliyu, who was represented by the Director, Industrial Infrastructure Development Department, Dr Noah Omisanya.

The NADDC boss affirmed that Toyota remains a reputable brand in Nigeria and across the globe, noting that the Corolla had been a leading model in the market.

According to him, the new Corolla looks outstanding with its unique features and touch buttons.

“The new Toyota Corolla is an improvement on its predecessor both in design and comfort amenities and I am highly impressed that Toyota Nigeria will be assembling it at its plant in Lagos,” he said.

Speaking at the unveiling, Marketing Manager, Toyota Nigeria Limited, Bayo Olawoyin, noted that the Toyota Corolla has dominated the passenger car segment in Nigeria with its outstanding fuel efficiency, quality features and reliability over three decades.

According to him, the new Corolla is powered by a 1.8 litre, 16 valves, four-cylinder engine with a maximum output of 138/6400 (kw/rpm) and maximum torque of 173/4000 (Nm/rpm).

It is available in a petrol engine with electronic fuel injection while the drivetrain is front-wheel drive with front Macpherson structure and rear beam col. The transmission is CVT while the power steering is electronic.

The new Corolla is an executive sedan that boasts a high ground clearance of 130mm which makes it the best in its segment.

It is loaded with an array of safety features and conveniences. For instance, it comes with seven airbags, an anti-lock brake system (ABS/EBD), high mount stop lamp, vehicle stability control, anti-theft system, driver and passenger seat belt warning, rear and front parking sensors, all standard features giving one a rest of mind in the vehicle.

Other features are leather seats, seven inch-multi info display Bluetooth, seven speakers, eco and sport driving mode, an auto dual-mode air conditioning system, a wireless door lock, keyless entry and push-button. They are said to be features that leave one to wonder whether the new Corolla is not ahead of its time.