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2009 Toyota Corolla

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  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    They did roll this car two years ago. Just not in our market. Hyundai is doing the same things Toyota did when they started selling in the US.
    mack :shades:
  • kdhspyderkdhspyder Posts: 7,160
    Sorry there were bigger fish to fry at that time. The Corolla was rolled out all over the world 'on time' with exactly this same vehicle ( JDM is different ) except here in NA. Why?

    TUNDRATUNDRATUNDRATUNDRA.

    Nothing was getting in the way of the Tundra launch. The Corolla here is and always been the 'good soldier' that does the grunt work to bring in buyers to the Toyota family at great low prices and rock solid reliability. It covers the back side of the most important vehicle in the Toyota lineup the Camry so that the Camry can get all the glory and make huge profits. But the Tundra was different. They had mega-Billions riding on the Tundra so the Corolla in NA took a back seat for a year.

    Good soldier....and in the meanwhile made huge profits by being the No 2 vehicle in the US.

    This is the kind of logic that makes Toyota the 12th largest corporation in the Forbes 2000 Global rankings with more market capitalization than the entire US auto industry combined. Your contrary analysis is noted and filed.
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    I still don't see how the Tundra launch had anything to do with the Corolla. They are two different types of vehicles. People looking at full size trucks are not looking at compact sedans. Now riddle me this: Why is it that we are having the ride and drive for the Corolla/Matrix and including the 2008 Sequoia?
    :shades:
  • cubssoxscubssoxs Posts: 139
    Hey, does anyone know when Toyota is going to release pricing for the 2009 Corolla?
  • jacksan1jacksan1 Posts: 504
    Wasn't it Mr. Cho, Toyota's CEO, who said that the Corolla for NA was being delayed because of the Tundra release, among other reasons?
  • irismgirismg Posts: 345
    I don't know whether I dreamed it or not but driving back to work from lunch today, I could have sworn I was driving behind a new '09 Corolla! It was charcoal gray, had that unmistakeable Toyota logo on the back of it, it was definitely not a Camry nor was it a Yaris, and had almost an angular look to it. I'm in Oklahoma City, by the way, and this one had a Texas tag and turned off onto a turnpike before I realized what it might have been and got a good look at it.

    Now I'm kind of like, wow, did I really see that?! It had to be the Corolla; but if I saw what I saw, how are some of these getting out so early??

    For what it's worth, I thought it was a very attractive car! Kind of exciting to see it! :shades:
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    Pricing will be announced a couple of weeks before they hit dealerships (mid Feb)/ As I posted earlier we are getting an 09 Matrix probably tomorrow since monday is a holiday or the trucker might wait until Tuesday. Strange thing since we don't have pricing on Matrix either. Our D-ETA is showing 1/17-1-21 for model number 1932.
    Mack
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    You were definitely dreaming. :shades:
    Mack
  • cubssoxscubssoxs Posts: 139
    That is strange that ur getting an 09 matrix and they havent even announced pricing for either of them. So the 09 matrix will hit dealerships before the 09 corollas hit the dealerships?
  • He could have seen a UFO (Unidentified Freeway Occupant) ;)
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    We are less than a month from the launch. Couldn't it have been a demo car (for dealers) or maybe a press car (used in tests by the auto mags)?
  • mcmanusmcmanus Posts: 121
    Cute.

    Yeah I ended up with a sunroof on this car. Bought it in January and liked it that first winter (there was a lot of sun for Michigan). But what I notice with the shade open is the cold that comes through the closed glass and the noise from every rain drop that hits the top of that uninsulated roof.
  • mcmanusmcmanus Posts: 121
    I don't believe Corolla is anywhere unique enough to not be part of the compact car pack. And I don't believe that a big company like Toyota couldn't pull off the introduction of two new "significant" s (in two widely different market segments) at once.

    Yes, hungry, not proud, Hyundai is willing to copy/learn from others (just like Japan as a nation did following WWII). That might give an idea as to where to look for under valued cars. (If they could just get a decent dealer around here.)

    I seriously doubt "boring" is a goal that leads to the success of any product.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,687
    But of course "boring" is only ONE of Corolla's traits. It has many positive ones.

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • kdhspyderkdhspyder Posts: 7,160
    Mack, it has to do with 'focus' in the market place. Television time. Training resources. For 6-9 months everything was focused on the Tundra.

    As you know from late 2006 until the Highlander arrived nothing came out of Toyota that didn't have something to do with the Tundra.
  • irismgirismg Posts: 345
    That's good thinking, after all, if Motorweek got hold of one ahead of time, that must mean they're already built and ready to go, and someone could have one for one of their "long-term test drives".

    I'd be happy to offer $100 to anyone who can prove I didn't see one! Takers?
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,824
    And I will offer $1.5 million dollars for anyone who can prove I didn't smell licorice today. Proving a negative is nigh-on impossible, so I think your wager is safe.

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  • irismgirismg Posts: 345
    Good, I didn't think so...

    Haha I saw one first!
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    I still say you're dreaming. No one has the 09 Corolla. Even the car mags are using stock photos from Toyota pressroom for their so called "reviews". The distributor reps might be driving one in about three weeks when it gets closer for the release of the vehicle. You might see a Matrix sooner if you keep your eyes open.
  • joem5joem5 Posts: 201
    How we get off the topic in this tread.
    Also, how did the 12 mpg Tundra get in here? Don't people buy the Corrolla,because of gas milage and it's a practical car? What sets the car off is the radio antenna.
    If your'e a kid and want Zoom ,Zoom and all the toys buy Civic SI . If you want all the whistles and bells get a Civic EX L. I don't think the Corrolla has a car that has all the standard features that the Civic offers.
    Toyota,tries to hook you on options and drives any knowlegeabe buyer away.When, Hundai,Focus,Mazda,and Civic offer thing like ABS, moon roofs and yes,even the Focus has heated seats as a standard feature.
    The Corrolla is dependable,quality and a car for my niece in college, or my mother,or for my grandfather to go to VFW.All the while saving on gas for an extra beer on Fridays.A Corrolla is a car for all the people. :shades:
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