Toyota started building 2014 Corolla and Tundra on August 1

Article by Anita Panait, on August 6, 2013

Toyota Motor Corp. commenced building its redesigned 2014 Corolla and re-engineered 2014 Tundra on August 1, 2013. Toyota is building the 2014 Corolla at its Mississippi and Canada site and the 2014 Tundra at its Texas facility. The 11th-generation Corolla boasts of being bigger, yet more stylish and refined.

The nameplate, which is the best-selling in the world, had its last redesign in the spring of 2008. Most of the redesigned Corolla will be fitted with a continuously viable transmission, the first CVT in North America for Toyota. Coming as standard in the redesigned 2014 Corolla air conditioning, eight airbags, a 60/40 split fold-down rear seat, windows with driver-side one-touch up/down, and power door locks.

Other standard features include Bluetooth, in-glass AM/FM antenna, color-keyed outside door handles and mirrors, LED low-beam headlamps and daytime running lights. Toyota sold 4 percent more Corollas in July 2013 to 24,463 units. The Japanese carmaker also sold 5 percent more Corollas in the first seven months of 2013 to 183,435 units.

On the other hand, the re-engineered Tundra had its last overhaul when Toyota launch the 2007 model year. Coming as standard in the re-engineered Tundra are cruise control, power windows and mirrors, rear backup camera, variable windshield wipers with de-icers and front and rear mud guards.

Other standard features in the Tundra include air conditioning, halogen headlights, dampened-release tailgate, two 12-volt auxiliary power outlets, front tow hooks and trailer-sway control and 18-inch wheels.

It also features fold-up rear seats, tire pressure monitor, alarm system with engine immobilizer and 6-inch touch-screen display. Toyota sold 7 percent more Tundras in July to 9,820 units and 13 percent more units in the first seven months of 2012 to 61,385. Toyota will roll out the 2014 Corolla and 2014 Tundra to dealership in the United States in September.

The new Toyota Corolla has a more expressive, chiseled exterior that builds on the "Iconic Dynamism" theme that made its debut on the Corolla Furia Concept that the carmaker unveiled at the North American International Auto Show.

Compared to its predecessor, the new Corolla features more athletic proportions and a wheelbase that is longer by 3.93 inches (100 mm). The newest iteration of the Corolla is definitely a dynamic compact sedan, as conveyed by its short overhangs, more tapered front and rear expression as well as wheels located near the corners.

Compared to the previous model, the new Corolla is around 3.90 inches (99 mm) longer but appears more compact thanks to its basic shape that narrows at the front and rear ends, thereby helping highlight its wheels-to-the-corner stance and its wheel arches.

Up front, the new Corolla has a more expressive face marked by a large trapezoidal grille. Squeezed between the grille and the bonnet of the new Corolla is a thin intake. The front end of the new Toyota Corolla adopts the design themes featured in newer sedans like the Camry and Avalon. On the Corolla, the front end styling conveys a sleeker Toyota compact sedan thanks to its precisely sculpted surfaces.

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