Toyota's new Corolla hatch is the latest fulfilment of Toyota's promise to engineer more appealing, dynamically engaging cars while continuing to build on its long-established reputation for quality, durability and reliability.
The 11th generation of the world's best-selling car is making its first public appearance in the southern hemisphere at the Australian International Motor Show in Sydney.
New Corolla hatch, which goes on sale next week, is bolder, more dynamic and better equipped with sleek new styling, a higher quality interior design, more advanced features and improved driving dynamics.
Although Corolla has been a mainstay of the Japanese car industry, the latest model has benefited from extensive research and evaluation in Europe as well as comprehensive engineering and development in Japan.
Toyota's focus on European buying preferences - which are broadly similar to Australian tastes - has delivered edgier styling and a lower centre of gravity to further improve its dynamic performance.
Corolla's Euro-inspired exterior design combines smooth-flowing surfaces with sweeping character lines to provide the sense of agility expected in the small hatch segment.
The result is a more confident and dynamic look - and nowhere is that sleekness and agility more apparent than at the front, where the new 'face' of Toyota gives Corolla a markedly more powerful road presence.
Dominating the front is a large, trapezoidal lower grille that has become a feature of Toyota's latest models, including Yaris and Prius.
The low bonnet sweeps down to a larger Toyota badge and a thin upper grille that runs full-width between the new, narrower headlamps.
From the side view, Corolla hatch is noticeably more streamlined. The roof is lower without compromising interior space and the ride height has been reduced, narrowing the gap between the wheel arches and tyres.
In addition, the body is a fraction longer, which adds to the sleeker appearance while also contributing to interior space.
The resulting aerodynamic benefits contribute to improved fuel efficiency, handling stability and driving dynamics.
A fully integrated rear roof spoiler and the placement of covers underneath the car also contribute to smoother airflow.
New Corolla hatch has a higher quality interior design and improved equipment levels with clever packaging that liberates more space for occupants and their luggage.
Fresh interior designs emphasise improved sensory quality and - through consistency of lighting, font, colour and finish - a greater sense of unity for a more premium feel.
The dashboard reinforces cabin width and space with a more ergonomic, driver-focused layout of instruments and switches.
A lower hip point and revised steering-column angle create a more engaging driving position while the electric power steering is more direct to provide greater response, with better feedback and agility.
The cabin is noticeably quieter, with extensive soundproofing to reduce engine and road noise.
There is more knee room for rear passengers, a longer cargo floor and increased luggage capacity.
Australian cars are equipped with a revised 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine that develops three per cent more power.
Maximum torque arrives earlier in the rev range than before, contributing to the sportier driving feel.
At the same time, engine enhancements, aerodynamic improvements, weight savings and other measures have contributed to dynamic and efficiency gains across the range.
The latest Corolla benefits from greater body rigidity and refinements to the suspension and steering.
Weight reduction through the use of high-tensile steel, allied with the car's lower height, reduced ground clearance and lower-set front seats, has resulted in a lower centre of gravity, further improving the vehicle's high speed stability and cornering agility.
New Corolla hatch maintains Toyota's high standards in active and passive safety with a five-star ANCAP crash-test rating.
A lighter yet more rigid body shell and revised suspension, steering and seating position offer a more comfortable and engaging drive.
Toyota is the world's leading producer of small cars and Corolla is the world's best-selling car.
Since its debut in Japan in 1966, Corolla has become an international icon with more than 39 million cars sold in over 140 countries.
Australia was the first place outside Japan to receive Corolla and, over the past 46 years, it has been the best-selling Toyota in this country - the car of choice in more than 1.2 million local homes.
Of these, more than 666,000 or 55 per cent were built in Australia between 1967 and 1999. Corolla is now fully imported from Japan.
Local Corolla sales last year totalled just over 36,000. Sales to the end of September this year are substantially ahead of the same period last year.