Head on over to Toyota New Zealand’s website and you’ll discover that you can get your Corolla in 3 different body styles that are all practically different cars, which must be super confusing for the average New Zealander.
Customer: Hello, I’m looking at purchasing a new Corolla.
Salesman: Sure, here we have the Corolla sedan, with it’s sleek lines, and gorgeous bodywork, the new Corolla oozes style, sophistication, and excellent lease deals!
Customer: ...okay, This is great, but I want a bit more space. I would like the wagon version.
Salesman: Of course, this way. The new 2018 Corolla wagon means you don’t have to compromise dashing good looks for practicality! Some of the featu-
Customer: Wait a minute! This isn’t the same car as the one you showed me earlier!
Salesman: Of course it is. The Corolla is available in multiple body styles from the nippy hatch, to the stylish seda-
Customer: If they’re all the same car, than why do they look different?
Salesman: Errrrr..............Could I interest you in a RAV4 instead?
We start of with the sedan version, the E170. It’s the regular Corolla that’s sold all around the world, including the US. As you can see North Americans get different styling from other countries. Maybe Toyota thinks Americans HAVE to have SPORTY styling on their Corolla, otherwise they won’t buy it.
Other places have it correct, if you’re buying a boring car, you’re buying a boring car, no shame about it. But in America, it has to have an oversized
grille piece of plastic at the front for that aggressive sporty look.
Anyways, the Hatch version is also sold in the US, though with an iM suffix. (Thanks Scion!) Although it’s called a Corolla to capitalise on the popularity of the Corolla name (hmmm), it’s really a Toyota Auris, which is why it looks nothing like a regular Corolla. They do however share the same platform, but this one gets the code E180.
Although there were proper Corolla hatchbacks before, the Auris was developed to be a separate car for different tastes for mainly Europe. This is the only Corolla version with a hatchback, so it makes sense they would import this version.
Finally there’s the Corolla E160, designed mainly for Japan. For JDM the sedan is called the Axio, and the Wagon is known as the Fielder (and some funny badges). So obviously since they need a Corolla wagon, this is the one they import. But hey there’s also a sedan. why didn’t they import that too instead of the regular Corolla sedan? I think the reason is that they import the E170 sedan from Thailand instead of the E160 sedan from Japan, because it’s close and cheap, and they import the E160 wagon and E180 hatchback from Japan, because that’s where they are made.
There’s also a Auris Touring Sports (wagon), but I think that’s only built in England, so it’s not worth importing that version instead of the much closer Japenese Corolla wagon.
Luckily for confused New Zealanders, the next gen Corolla seems to be a One Ford-esque global model, with the same Corolla in different body styles sold across the world, with small changes for different areas, like being named the Auris in Europe, or funny badges for Japan.