Corolla 140 GLS
dates : 17th October 2004
21st October 2004
Industry analysts all over the
world have been studying the Toyota Corolla for decades in an
attempt to understand the reasons for its phenomenal success.
Perhaps its secret is that manages to be more of an everyman’s
car than any other model on the South African market.
Journalists are more often than not rather underwhelmed by the
Corolla’s appeal, and it hasn’t won a Car of the Year
title in this market for some 15 years.
And yet since the early 1980s the Toyota Corolla and its
hatchback derivatives have been the top selling model range.
Today, in late 2004, no other model range seems like toppling
Corolla from its perch on the top of the sales charts.
In the sedan market it sells double the volume of the
runner-up, while the RunX hatch version enjoys a similar
success story, averaging 780 units monthly in the C-segment,
again almost twice as many as its nearest rival.
So, does Joe and Josephine Public know something us motoring
Part of the explanation is Toyota’s exemplary reputation for
good reliability, backed up by excellent service, low cost of
parts and the biggest dealer network in the country.
The 140 GLS is the top-specced model in the 1,4 range and
offers such refinements as steering-wheel controls for the
audio and electrically operated wing mirrors.
A new two-tone finish in grey is now standard across the
range, and the GLS has power windows in front but manual
winders for the rear passengers.
The GLS also has driver and passenger airbags, and a six-CD
Changes to the exterior are minimal but distinctive, including
a new grille and new headlamp and tail-light treatment.
At 71 kiloWatts, the small Toyota multi-valve four- cylinder
engine is powerful for its size, and provides brisk
performance. The gear change is not the smoothest in the
business, being very much on the notchy side of the spectrum.
The brakes are powerful, even a little on the sharp side
perhaps, and at higher speeds the GLS proved to be a little
tail-happy when cornered hard.
Time spent with the car impressed the Car Torque team in the
way it went about its business in a totally unflustered
Toyota Corolla 140i GLS
Engine: Four-cylinder, 1
Power: 71 kW @ 6 000 rpm
Torque: 127 Nm @ 4 800
0–100 km/h: 12,1
Top Speed: 186 km/h
Fuel consumption: 9,7
litres/100 km (Car Magazine)
Price: R146 194
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