Corolla 50th Anniversary Special Edition: Debut at New York Auto Show [News]


Ever since it first went on sale in Japan in November of 1966, Toyota had lofty aspirations for the Corolla. Monthly production figures were set at 30,000… an optimistic number at a time when the company’s total monthly vehicle production was 50,000. Within four years, annual output of the Corolla was 1 million units, thanks in part to the U.S. market’s appreciation of the vehicle. Currently in its 11th generation, the Corolla turns 50 this year and reigns supreme as the world’s all-time best-selling car. Toyota is commemorating the milestone with an SE-based 50th Anniversary Special Edition Corolla.

Traditionally, the 50th is the gold anniversary. Fortunately, Toyota had better sense than to make a gold-colored Corolla. The special edition will instead be offered in three colors: Classic Silver, Blizzard White, and the exclusive Black Cherry pictured here. The car’s custom package includes:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels with dark gray inserts and machine finish
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • Entune Audio Plus with navigation
  • 4.2-inch color display
  • Smart Key system with push button start
  • LED headlamps
  • Black mixed media seats with Black Cherry contrast stitching
  • Black interior with Black Cherry contrast stitching on steering wheel, shift boot, and center armrest
  • Black cherry accented dash panel and door trim
  • 50th Anniversary Edition floor mats and Anniversary Edition exterior badge
  • Available moonroof

All Corolla models receive standard features for 2017 such as a backup camera, LED headlamps, Bluetooth and Entune Audio. A pre-collision warning system with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and auto high beams are optional. 8,000 examples of the 50th Anniversary Edition Corolla will be sold in the U.S.. If you’re hoping to get one, start stalking your local Toyota dealership this fall when they go on sale, or just put down a deposit.

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