Road deaths in the U.S. in 2010 were lower by 2.9% to 32,885 compared to the fatalities in 2009, according to a recent report released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The fatality rate (number of deaths per 100 million miles of driving) also decreased to 1.1 in 2010, compared to 1.15 the previous year. This means that 2010 is the fifth straight year that this figure has dropped.
But there was a 0.9% increase in the number of fatal accidents that involve motorcyclists, pedestrians and large truck passengers to 2.24 million.
U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said that while this is encouraging news, they won’t be complacent. The NHTSA believes that the number of fatalities dropped due to increased car safety, improvement of road conditions and more well-informed drivers.
America’s top selling performer in the subcompact segment is bound to make everyone impressed with its newest offer. Recently, the 2011 Toyota Corolla made its debut at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show and showcased its newly designed interior and exterior designs. These are just among the new features to bring customers another exciting way to drive home a new Corolla.
Topping the list is Toyota’s newly added Smart Stop Technology. There will also be two new colours in the line-up plus a free Toyota Care maintenance plan for better value. The Star Safety System package, which involves Brake Assist, VSC, TRAC, ABS and EBD are now available on the new Corolla model.
Toyota offers three variants such as the flagship model, the S and the L variant. Each is equipped with 1.8L 4-cylinder DOHC engine and DVVT with VVTi for maximum fuel economy and outstanding performance. All three models can produce an impressive 132hp on 6,000rpm plus 128lb-ft torque at 4,400rpm. In line with this, Toyota enhanced the components on the camshafts to lessen the amount of friction between the intake and the exhaust.
Toyota Corolla’s 1.8L engine entry variant is offered in 4-speed ECT Automatic Transmission or the 5-speed Manual Transmission. With the 5-speed MT, the new Corolla’s 1.8L engine has a proven fuel economy rating of up to 28mpg for city and 35mpg for highway based on the EPA standards. The same goes for its 4-speed AT, which shows an exceptional 26mpg (city) and 34mpg (highway) fuel economy ratings.
The LE model meanwhile can be availed in the standard 4-speed AT. The 4-speed self-shifting transmission delivers improved fuel efficiency due to its torque converter with flex lockup technology. It also has the highly useful shift control for uphill and downhill driving. Drivers usually use this for a more compelling ride wherein the shift knob is moved manually from D to S towards the left. After which, the lever is either pushed upward (for uphill) and downwards (for downshifts). If you are new to this, nevertheless, the combination gauge displays which gear is selected for your information.
Since 1966, Corolla’s combined safety and performance has become the brand’s ultimate selling point. Perhaps, this must be the reason behind Toyota’s 30 million (and counting) happy customers around the world. It’s certainly good news that the all-new Corolla will come out this December. It would be great to have one in time for the holidays, don’t you think?