Toyota Corolla turns 50

1967 Toyota KE10 Corolla
1967 Toyota KE10 Corolla

THE Toyota Corolla will achieve a major milestone this month when it celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Introduced in Japan in October 1966, cumulative global sales of Corolla have grown to more than 44 million, equating to about 100 cars being built and sold every hour throughout the past half a century, or one every 36 seconds.

Corollas first arrived in Australia in 1967 and so far more than 1.35 million of them have been sold. The Corolla has also been Australia’s best-selling car in each of the past three years. They are produced at 16 plants worldwide, with more than a million sold worldwide each year since 2002.

From 1968 until 1999, more than 666,000 Corollas were built in Toyota factories at Port Melbourne, Dandenong and Altona.

Corolla also has a successful motorsport record with class victories at the Bathurst 500 enduro in 1968 and 1969 and a further eight consecutive class victories from 1985-92, plus touring-car and rallying victories.