Toyota Corolla will be updated to improve its IIHS crash test rating

Article by Christian A., on October 18, 2013

The next Toyota Corolla will receive improvements so that it can do well during the tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, particularly in the challenging small overlap front crash test. Toyota Corolla doesn’t exactly have the best safety record. Many of its models, including the 2014 Toyota Corolla, were given “Marginal” or “Poor” ratings by the IIHS.

Toyota is reportedly attempting to improve its scores on the safety tests by reworking the RAV4, Camry, and Prius V. According to a report from Automotive.com, the Toyota Corolla is due for a safety update too. Toyota executive vice president Mitsuhisa Kato said that the automaker is already working on improving the Corolla.

It’s likely that the 2014 Toyota Corolla will get structural reinforcements so that it can get a high score on the small overlap test, which crashes the vehicle moving 40 mph into a barrier that covers just 25% of front surface of the car.

So that the vehicle could get the top safety rating of Top Safety Pick +, it must get at least an “Acceptable” rating in the small overlap test as well as a good rating in the other four IIHS crash tests.

The 2014 Scion tC is the only Toyota vehicle with a Top Safety Pick + designation but many Toyota models haven’t been assessed yet in the small overlap test. The rivals of the Corolla that are Top Safety Pick + models include the 2013 Dodge Dart, the 2013 Ford Focus, the 2013 Honda Civic, and the 2013 Hyundai Elantra.

The new 2014 Toyota Corolla has qualities that mainly intensify various elements that include craftsmanship, design, quality, and style. It also builds on the model’s status of being known for efficiency, function, and reliability. It is safe to say that this newest compact from Toyota may well be the most capable Corolla ever and is sure to surprise many.

In order to come up with the 11th generation of this model, both design team and engineering teams made sure to focus on the thorough consumer feedback This is the same basis that the brand utilized in shaping the important components for a product released on a global scale. In particular, it was found out that customers tend to put high value on vehicle design especially as it relates to the perception of the product on the market.

Indeed, the newest Corolla offers a more powerful design statement given that the execution of the interior and the exterior are more compelling and thus challenges whatever pre-conceptions people may have on the Corolla. The Corolla has at least four decades of being able to satisfy the needs of customers. This has resulted in the compact car becoming a pillar supporting the brand’s well-known reputation when it comes to durability, quality, and reliability.

Compared to any other models that Toyota sells on a worldwide level, the Corolla has by far been the answer for many customers looking for an affordable compact car that is efficient and reliable. Many agree that the impact of the Corolla to the world is indeed immeasurable.

Manufactured in 16 locations, the Corolla has been in the market for around 47 years and sold in 154 countries around the world. Having almost 40 million units sold, there is no question that the Corolla is the best-selling car nameplate in the world. Celebrating its 47th year, the Corolla was first released in Japan way back in 1966. Since then it has had a significant impact in the motorization of Japan.

In addition, its popularity around the world has also helped play an important role in transportation. The reason why the appeal of the Corolla remains strong can be traced back to the philosophy that was started by none other than Tatsuo Hasegawa, the first chief engineer that worked on the Corolla. For Hasegawa, it was important to develop a car that would not only bring happiness but also help with the well-being of people around the planet.

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