Introduced in May 1995, the eighth generation shared its platform (and doors, on some models) with its predecessor. Due to a recession, Toyota ordered Corolla development chief Takayasu Honda to cut costs, hence the carry-over engineering.
Toyota Corolla Station Wagon
For the general market, the Corolla was offered in Base, XLi, GLi, and SE-G trim levels.
This was the last Corolla generation to have an equivalent Sprinter model. The Sprinter Carib wagon was identical to the European Corolla wagon.
Japanese models received minor changes in April 1997 with new nose, tail, and interior. The rear panel is totally different, therefore the trunk and tail lights are not interchangeable between the old and facelift models. The new Japanese rear panel is the same as the European model.
Japanese market engines:
4A-GE 1.6 L (1587 cc) I4, 20-valve DOHC, FI, 165 ps (121 kW)
4A-FE 1.6 L (1587 cc) I4, 16-valve DOHC, FI, 115 ps (84 kW)
5A-FE 1.5 L (1498 cc) I4, 16-valve DOHC, FI, 100 ps (73 kW)
4E-FE 1.3 L (1331 cc) I4, 16-valve DOHC, FI, 88 ps (64 kW)
3C-E 2.2 L (2184 cc) I4, diesel, Electronic Fuel Injection, 79 ps (58 kW)
2C-III 2.0 L (1974 cc) I4, diesel, FI, 73 ps (53 kW)
Japanese market chassis:
E111 Sedan, coupe, wagon SE-G, S-Cruise, GT, Spacio, Sprinter Carib (FWD), Levin
E110 Sedan LX, XE, SE Limited, Levin
E114 4WD sedan
E115 4WD Wagon Sprinter Carib
The Philippines had 3 grades the base 1.3 XL, the 1.3 XE and the 1.6 GLi, all launched around December 1997. The XE and GLI variants were given a facelift in 2000, and the name Corolla Altis (the name the Corolla in the Philippines bears now) was introduced for the new 1.8 top-of-the-line model. All were sold until mid-2001, except the XL. The XL came with a 2-spoke urethane steering wheel, wind-up windows, a 5-speed manual transmission, 13" steel wheels, no tachometer and no digital clock. It was sold together with the next generation Corolla Altis until 2005, when from then on it was only sold to Rent-a-car companies and Taxi operators until it was replaced by the Vios J. The 1.3 XE was the same as the XL grade with a dual SRS airbag(unusual for a 1.3 liter car that it doesn't offer it even as option on other competitors) & 14" alloy wheels. The 1.6 GLi was for the top-of-the-line market segment, offering power windows and locks, a spoiler(optional), a digital clock, and a choice of a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic transmission.
Toyota Corolla hatchback 3p
Introduced in 1997 (1998 model year), all Corollas for the North American market were now built in Fremont, California (by NUMMI) or Cambridge, Ontario (by TMMC). Unlike the Japanese counterparts, the North American Corolla at this time was only offered as a four-door compact sedan. A new all-aluminum 1ZZ-FE engine powered all Corollas, making this generation lighter than its predecessor. This new engine uses a timing chain instead of a timing belt. It also incorporated laser etched valve guides directly in the block, rather than the old shrink to fit valve guides in the predecessor Corolla motor (4A-FE & 7A-FE). This prevents oil burning and valve guide failure in the future.
Toyota Corolla sedan
In North America, only sedans were offered, and all came with daylight driving lights. This Corolla has a maximum legal carrying capacity of 1,500 lb (680 kg). Grades were VE, CE, and LE. The VE model was the base model available in a 3 speed automatic or the 5 speed manual transmission with 175/65x14 tires. The CE and LE models offered the 4 speed automatic with overdrive or the 5 speed manual transmission with 185/65x14 tires. An optional powered sunroof was offered on the CE and LE models. An optional Touring Package with color matched side skirts, color matched rear mudflaps, a white faced instrument cluster with tachometer and outside temperature gauge, and aluminum wheels was reserved for the VE, CE, and LE models. Side airbags and ABS were optional for the CE and LE models, but very few of them actually had them. The first batch of 1998 Corolla VE's did not have a front sway bar but by June 1998 it was included on all models. VVT-i variable valve timing was added to the engine in model year 2000 with a small increase in power from 120 hp (89 kW) to 125 hp (93 kW) along with child seat anchors added on the rear deck. The introduced VVT-i optimizes cam and valve timing to reduce emissions.
Toyota Corolla sedan
For the 2001 US model year (2000 calendar year), the VE was eliminated and the S model was introduced. The CE became the new base model offered in 5 speed manual or 4 speed automatic transmission and the sporty S replaced the Touring Package. The 2001 model year also got a slight refresh with the new front headlights, redesigned front bumper, auxiliary DC power port with a higher armrest (LE 4 speed automatic models), inside trunk release for accidental lockouts in the trunk, new controls for the air conditioner that had the rear glass defrost button relocated with a button for the recirculation of air, and round reverse lights. The 'sportiness' of the S model built upon the CE models with a gauge cluster with tachometer in a red/black theme with an outside temperature gauge, a charcoal gray and black interior, standard front fog lamps, color matched side skirts, color matched rear mudflaps, a color matched front grill, a trunk release, power mirrors, a trunk light, 14" 'S' model wheel covers, and lighted map lights on the rear view mirror. The S model lacked the 60/40 folding rear seat, or tilt steering of the LE model. The 'S' model had no performance advantage over the other models: it was purely an appearance package.
Toyota Corolla Liftback 5p
Toyota official accessories available through dealerships for all trim of the 8th generation Corolla included a color coded rear spoiler with LED brake light, front bumper bra, 6 disc CD changer, sunroof sunshade, trunk cargo net, keyless entry car alarm, cruise control, gold emblem kit, wood trim dash kit, and black rubber mudflaps.
North American market engines:
19981999 1ZZ-FE, 1.8 L (1794 cc) I4, 16-valve DOHC, FI, 120 hp (89 kW) @ 5600 rpm, 165 nm (122 ftlbf.) @ 4400 rpm
20002002 1ZZ-FE, 1.8 L (1794 cc) I4, 16-valve DOHC, FI, VVT-i, 125 hp (93 kW) @ 5800 rpm, 169.5 nm (125 ftlbf.) @ 4000 rpm
Toyota Corolla hatchback
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From 1993 to 1997, the Geo Prizm was part of GM's Geo import group, which was sold through the Chevrolet dealership network. In 1998, the Geo group was dropped and the Prizm was re-badged as a Chevrolet. The Prizm had two main differences from the Corolla though they were made in the same plant: the Prizm had a Delco stereo, which provided better sound quality but required a re-plumbing of the center stack as the Delco unit is taller than the Denso and it also had a clock built-in to the stereo whereas the Corolla had a separate clock above the center dash panel air vents. The air bag covers and air bag light also read "AIR BAG" whereas the Corolla air bag covers read "SRS AIRBAG" and the air bag light was a red air bag symbol. One minor difference was the availability, in all trim levels, of a 3- or 4-speed automatic transmission, as well as a 5-speed manual. The LSi trim was the highest trim for the Prizm equivalent to an LE for the Corolla.
Toyota Corolla sedan
Europe and Oceania
This range had different front and rear ends to the Japanese models, though the sides and interior remained mostly the same. It can be distinguished by the round headlights and mesh grille. As a result, a sporting model with a six-speed gearbox was offered. The European three door hatchback is the base for the Corolla World Rally Car (WRC).
In Australia the Corolla liftback is called Seca. Grades for sedan and Seca are Ascent, Conquest, and Ultima. All Australian and New Zealand market E110s had the 1.3 L (1,331 cc) 4E, the 1.5 L (1,498 cc) 5A-FE, 1.6 L (1,587 cc) 4A-FE or 1.8 L (1,762 cc) 7A-FE petrol engines or the 2.2 L (2,148 cc) SOHC diesel engine as at 2000. The Seca Sportivo with turbocharged 7A-FE engine was added in 2001. In 1997, the Corolla Spacio, with its body panels stamped at long-time Toyota supplier Kanto Autoworks, was introduced as a two-box minivan version and sold as the Corolla Verso, which was technically similar to the Avensis in Europe and the Spacio in New Zealand. The E110 was the last generation of Corolla to have a upmarket Sprinter Carib off-shoot; for Oceania this was based on the 5-door station wagon.
Toyota Corolla sedan
In Britain, the models were 1.3 and 1.6 GS, 1.6 GLS, 1.6 CD and 2.0D GS.
This generation received a facelift in 1999, featuring a different nose (the previous round headlights proved unpopular, so it was replaced with twin smaller headlights under a single cover on either side ), and the new ZZ series engines with VVT-i replacing the old A series engines, except in Australia. The same vehicle was used as a taxicab in Singapore, although the North American version was offered in the private car market.
This generation of Corolla was launched in early 1996 and nick-named All-New Corolla to distinguish from the very popular previous generation Great Corolla. Initially it was offered in XLi, SE-G, and S-Cruise trim levels, all were powered by the 1.6 liter 4A-FE engine. The All-New Corolla SE-G and S-Cruise came with standard SRS Airbag, which made them the first cars to offer this safety equipment in the compact car segment at that time.
Toyota Corolla Station Wagon
The facelift model Corolla 1.8 XLi and 1.8 SE-G came in late 1998. In addition to the bigger 1.8 liter 7A-FE engine, the Corolla received new front and rear body panels, upgraded interior, and ABS was also standard on the SE-G.
In the island of Batam, where used imports from Singapore are popular, the Corolla GLi E110 is one of most common models, in the private car and taxi segment. Togeteher with the local XLi and SE-G, the Singaporean GLi are common sights in this island. Majority of the E110s are the facelifted North American/Japan/Asian models, although there are a few pre-facelift 1995 models.
The E110 was one of the best-selling cars during its time in Singapore. Many of these cars were exported to Batam for use as taxis in the 2000s. The pre-facelift E110 is still in use as a police car as of June 2011.
Toyota Corolla Liftback
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