:loove:The seventh-generation Corolla was introduced in June 1991. With extended wheelbase, body length, width and height, the overall body styling gave the car a more massive feel, giving it an image of a higher-grade model. The Corolla had been steadily upgrading itself since its debut in 1966, and the trend reached the apex with the 1991 model, which became an affordable yet thoroughly high-quality sedan. The wagon and van models were also fully renovated three months later.
There were five available engines, including 1.3-liter 100 PS, standard 1.5-liter 105 PS, 1.6-liter "high-mecha" twin-cam 115 PS, and sports twin-cam 20-valve 160 PS gasoline-powered units, as well as a 2-liter diesel 73 PS unit. A "high-mecha" twin-cam engine was a highly efficient DOHC engine with special gears to drive two camshafts, and a sports twin-cam engine was a DOHC engine designed for sporty performance. While the 1991 Corolla was initially available only with a front-engine, front-wheel-drive configuration, 4-wheel-drive models became available in September 1991.
The wagon skipped the next model change, and was eventually replaced by the Fielder when the ninth-generation Corolla sedan was released. As for the van, it skipped two subsequent changeovers and was replaced by the Probox in 2002.
Yeah, this 75th lineage thing is strictly Japan since this is the company anniversary. There was a 50th anniversary celebration back in 2007 for Toyota USA because it was their 50th year in the States; they got a special written by Automotive News with lots of good tales, some commemorative pins (need to find mines), and employees got a day off from work :thumbsup:I love it when Toyota throws us a bone like this. Definitely one of the neatest things they've done for enthusiasts in a long time.
I wish Toyota North America did one for our market, that way the Cressida (and not Corona Mark II, which is what it was in Japan) would be on it.