Automotive Fleet

NOV 2013

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TOYOTA COROLLA MARKS 11 GENERATION WITH TH TH EXPRESSIVE NEW DESIGN In addition to its updated exterior design, the Corolla is getting a new 1.8L valvematic engine, which can achieve 42 mpg highway. BY CHRIS WOLSKI PHOTOS: TOYOTA The 2014-MY Toyota Corolla is the 11th generation of the iconic compact sedan. Among the changes to the new version is improved exterior styling and a larger interior. The 2014-MY Toyota Corolla is available in four models, inciuding (l-r) LE ECO, LE, L, and S. Among the vehicle's improvements is the addition of a 1.8L valvematic engine in the LE ECO, which can achieve 42 mpg highway. I n September, the 11th generation of Toyota's iconic Corolla made its debut in dealer showrooms. Te 2014-MY Corolla features a number of updates both under and around the hood. Among the compact sedan's styling updates are a new exterior, a larger, more horizontal cabin design, longer wheelbase, and improved seating. Te exterior features what Toyota refers to as a more "expressive design with a sleeker, more athletic profle." According to Mary LeGallet, small car product manager for Toyota, the initial reaction to the redesign has been enthusiastic. "Te dealer reaction has been great. Tey have been blown away by the redesign. Te redesign of the Corolla is as dramatic as the one we did for the Avalon last year," she said. including the new 6-speed manual and an all-new CVT. Te 1.8L DOHC fourcylinder engine will produce an estimated 132 hp and 128 lb.-f. of torque, which will be available as standard on all models except the LE ECO. Te LE ECO will feature a 1.8L engine with the valvematic system paired to the new CVT, producing 140 hp and achieving 31 mpg city/42 mpg highway/35 mpg combined. All grades with the new CVT not featuring the valvematic technology will see an increase of at least 3 mpg over the previous generation, according to Toyota. Te 2014-MY Corolla will be available in four models: L, LE, LE ECO, and Corolla S. Te LE, LE ECO, and S will also be available with two trim levels: Plus and Premium. According LeGallet, the LE is the most common Corolla model purchased by commercial feet customers. Looking Under the Hood Under the hood, the all-new 2014 Corolla will feature a choice from a pair of engines, the 2ZR-FE 1.8L VVT-i four-cylinder and the 2ZR-FAE 1.8L VVT-i four-cylinder, will be ofered with three transmissions, 50 AUTOMOTIVE FLEET I NOVEMBER 2013 Including Content & Safety New content for the 2014-MY Corolla includes the updated Entune system, which features an array of new apps, including Facebook Places. Te updated sys- tem is also being rolled out in other new Toyota products, including the Sequoia and Tundra. Te 2014-MY Corolla will also feature a number of safety features, including eight air bags and LED headlamps as standard. A back-up camera is optional. Other standard content includes Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio-streaming connectivity. Additional available options include smart key/push-button start and paddle shifers. Setting a Price Te 2014-MY Corolla will be assembled in production plants in Mississippi and Canada. Te MSRP for the 2014-MY Corolla ranges from $16,800 for the L with manual transmission to $20,100 for the ECO Plus with CVTi-S. Te feet-popular LE model, which is available in three trim levels and is paired with the CVTi-S, ranges from $18,300 for the LE to $18,700 for the LE Plus to $19,400 for the LE Premium. Tere is an $810 destination charge. Currently, there are no feet incentives for the vehicle. AF

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