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Toyota Corolla Owner's Manual

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About The Toyota Corolla

The production of the Toyota Corolla originally started way back in 1966 and during that time held the title of “best-selling car worldwide” for many years.

The car outperformed the total sales of the Volkswagen Beetle in 1997 and reached a massive milestone of 4 million sales in 2016.

It was introduced the same year as the Mitsubishi Lancer and Honda Civic and competed directly in the market with these.

In some regions, the car is known by other names, such as the Sprinter in Japan up until the year 2000 and then the Toyota Allex before switching the Corolla to become the Auris.

Production of the car has taken place in many countries over the years, including the UK, Brazil, Canada, China and India.

The car started its life in the subcompact class with a tiny engine and cramped interior but as it evolved through the decades it entered the compact class and became a lot roomier inside.

The original Corolla was a rear-wheel-drive car but switched to a front-wheel-drive chassis in recent years with special four-wheel-drive models also available.

The first-generation model had the choice of one engine only, a 1.1-liter push-rod and was sold exclusively in Japanese Toyota dealerships as the Sprinter.

The second-generation (1970) added a new range of larger engines for the customer to choose from with more power and better efficiency and reliability.

With the release of the third generation Corolla (1974), the size of the vehicle was increased with weight cut back by the use of plastic body parts and the safety of occupants improved.

1979 saw the release of the 4th generation a major redesign was given to the car and a new option of a van body style for commercial customers.

At the start of the 1980s, the Corolla was turned into a front-wheel-drive car to save weight due to the driveshaft having to carry the power to the rear axle.

Over the following decades, the car increased in size and weight but managed to become a lot safer and reliable with new comfort features, resulting in climbing sales year-on-year worldwide.

Nowadays the car is sold with the voice of one of a large list of trims to help it appeal to a variety of customers with varying budgets, such as:

  • CE
  • Deluxe
  • DX
  • FX
  • FX16
  • FX16 GT-S
  • GT-S
  • iM
  • L
  • LE
  • LE Limited
  • LE Premium
  • LE Special Edition
  • S
  • S Premium
  • S Special Edition
  • SE
  • SE 50th Anniversary
  • SR5
  • VE
  • XLE
  • XRS
  • XSE

2021 saw the release of the Corolla Cross crossover SUV model based on the platform and interior of this compact car.

Suzuki Swace Owner’s Manual

In 2020 Suzuki launched the Swace model for the European market only, a rebadged Corolla available with a 1.8-litre hybrid engine only.

It is also only available as an estate (station-wagon) shaped car bringing the level of customization down to a very narrow level.

As it is near identical you can refer to the PDFs listed on this page to acquire a Suzuki Swace manual.