Toyota unveiled a vision for its next-generation Corolla sedan to go on sale in late 2013 by showing off the Toyota Furia concept on Monday at the Detroit Auto Show.
The wheelbase of the Toyota Furia is 4 inches longer than the current Corolla and the Furia is 2 inches longer overall. Pushing wheels into corners generally has advantages in handling dynamics and cabin space, but tends to shrink trunk. Also, the Furia is wider, but the current Corolla is taller.
In a press release, Toyota calls the styling language of the Toyota Furies “iconic dynamism”…, which uses clean and simple surface elements to create a confident, decisive and recognizable appearance that appeals to more young consumers.”
How close is the Toyota Furia to the Corolla now in production?? Toyota insiders said there will be few changes. In the press release, photos show paper license plates that say “Corolla” in large letters and below the inscription in smaller print – “Furia Concept”.
And of course, not all elements will reach production. For example, the Furia comes with 19-inch wheels, which clearly won’t be on the production version. The standard Corolla will come with a choice of 15 or 16-inch wheels. The Toyota Furia has very expensive tires made of special polymers, which will also not be available on the Corolla, due to the price: it can only be compared with the cost of rubber for trucks, the prices of which can be viewed on the Autograd-NN website.
Critics have pointed out that the Corolla symbolizes Toyota’s need to move away from sleazy styling that loses out to flashy compact sedans like the Ford Focus, Mazda 6, Hyundai or Kia.
Toyota previously transferred the Corolla to an affordable Lexus and the design turned out pretty good. Now it seems Toyota has decided that younger buyers are demanding more intriguing designs.
Toyota sold 290,947 Corollas in 2012, up 21 percent from a year earlier when the tsunami in Japan reduced the flow of parts.from the year before when the Japanese tsunami reduced the flow of inventory.