Taking its name from the ring of petals around the centre of a flower, For 50 years, Toyota Corolla has been among the “World’s Best-selling Vehicles” in its segment and has made significant records of various kinds.
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Since the launch of the first-generation in 1996, The Corolla is currently produced at 15 plants worldwide sold over 150 countries and regions world-wide, accounts for one in five vehicles sold in Toyota's 76-year history.
The equator of the earth is approximately 40,000km. It would correspond to around 194,000km* if 44.1 million units of the Corolla which have been sold across 50 years were connected in one line. This would cover around 5 rounds of the earth.
The length of the current generation Corolla for Japanese market (4.4m) times 44.1 million units. In actuality, the body size of the Corolla differs depending on the market and the model.
Since Toyota’s founding around 80 years ago, over 230 million vehicles have been sold. Within that number, approximately 44.1 million units of the Corolla have been sold, with 1 out of 5 cars being a Corolla.
1.34 million vehicles sold in 2015 would arrive at an average of 5,850 units sold per day. So, we could say that one Corolla is sold in about every 15 seconds worldwide.
Assuming that selling days at dealership in 2015 are 229 days (based on the U.S. calendar).
50 years have passed since the first-generation Corolla was exported to Australia in 1966. Currently, the Corolla is sold in over 150 countries and regions.
Among the 1.34 million units sold globally in 2015, North American sales of the Corolla accounted for the highest figure, with annual sales hitting approximately 411,000units. China comes after North America, with sales at around 306,000units.
The total driving distance of 1.34 million units sold in 2015 would assumably be at least more than about 1.51 billion km, the distance* with which you could travel more than 50 round trips between the earth to the sun.
Calculated based on the distance between the Earth and the Sun (14.96 million km) and average driving distance per a car in a day for normal use drivers (110.85km) and the average annual use frequency (28% in 2015).
Source: “Motor Vehicle Transport Survey” (2015) by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport
Corolla production outside of Japan started in Malaysia and Australia in 1968*. Today, the annual Corolla production outside of Japan exceeds that of the production in Japan, which is the symbolic milestone of the Corolla, signifying that it is truly a global model not only in terms of sales, but also in terms of production.