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Toyota debuts Cambridge built 2009 Corolla sedan

The long awaited, all-new 10th generation Toyota Corolla was officially unveiled at the 2007 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas.

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The long awaited, all-new 10th generation Toyota Corolla was officially unveiled at the 2007 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas.

Originally launched in Japan in 1966, the Corolla first arrived in North America in 1968 to instant success.

Since 1988, the ever-popular Corolla has been manufactured at Cambridge, Ontario, where to date, more than two million Corollas have since been built; more than one million of them have been sold in Canada.

The 2009 Corolla compact sedan offers an all-new body with a lean, stylish shape. It delivers increased interior and luggage room, more power, two new engines and an all-new chassis and suspension.

It will come in four models: CE, LE, the sporty S, and the performance-driven XRS.

The interior is sporty and distinctive, with roomy-feeling comfort.

While it maintains the same headroom, legroom and shoulder room as the previous model, it feels larger, thanks to a design that enhances comfort and improves utility, usability and storage.

A variety of easy-to-reach storage spaces add convenience and usability. These include centre console side pockets, an upper and lower glove box, front and rear door pockets that can hold water bottles, and a console box with a large-capacity main tray and a smaller accessory tray.

An all-new 132 hp 1.8-litre engine is standard on most models, mated to a five-speed manual transmission.

For those looking for even more horsepower and torque, there is a completely redesigned 158 hp, 2.4-litre unit for use in the new Corolla XRS model.

The all-new Corolla will reach dealerships in February 2008.

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