So whilst technically this is the wife's car, I'm the one burdened with modifications, taking photos, and posting of pictures/stories in the appropriate forums.
Introducing Daphne. First, let me get some things out of the way
1) Yes the steering wheel is meant to be on the right hand side.
2) Yes it is simply a Corolla, not an iM or Auris or anything like that. Toyota Australia kept the Corolla nameplate for the hatches back when Japan split the series codes and introduced the Auris, because the hatchback was always the more popular of the bodyshapes here and there have been a few prominent examples of Australian cars with long histories changing their names and suddenly losing popularity (the less said about the Pulsar->Tiida decision the better, Nissan).
Secondly, we like to name all our cars. However, the first name my wife chose (Artoo, since she loves R2D2 and the blue is perfect) didn't quite gel when we decided after the first few days of ownership that HE was actually a SHE. So far, Daphne has come out as the likeliest alternative, but we're still not 100% sold on the name so it may change again the future.
Anyhoo, Daffers is a 2018 Toyota Corolla Ascent Sport in Blue Gem metallic. She is kitted out as standard with 16" alloy wheels, fog lights, 7" full touchscreen infotainment system with 6-speaker audio, Bluetooth and the optional Sat Nav pack. The Ascent Sport is the mid-spec level for the Corolla here in Australia, with the Ascent as the base model and the SX/ZR combination above as the sporty/luxury-sporty pair. Alongside those there is also the Hybrid, which visually looks the same as the Ascent Sport (albeit with the blue halo logo that Toyota adds to all its hybrids) but has a spec level closer to the SX and ZR. Interestingly, all the petrol models (which all have the exact same 2ZRFE engine) are chassis code ZRE182, which means they have a torsion-bar rear end, whilst the Hybrid is a ZWE186 which gives it IRS. All the hatches are made in Japan too (Toyota stopped building Corollas in Aus back in 1999), but the sedans now come from Thailand (and are different to the US sedans too).
I'm yet to give her a really good wash (first road-trip to Sydney last weekend and a week's worth of daily commute for my wife has left her a little dusty), but figured I should at least get some nice photos to kick off the memories before we start doing anything serious to her. These were taken at the Walka Water Works, which is an old 19th-century Victorian/Italianate pumping station that used to supply water to the Maitland and Newcastle regions, but is now part of a public recreation reserve. Great spot for photos, although I wasn't taking too much effort and probably should have waited another hour or so for the golden hour light.
by Ian Rigby
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