This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of the , one of the world’s best-selling cars.
Since the first model went on sale in Japan on Nov. 5, 1966, some 44.3 million Corollas have been sold globally through the end of September, including the Corolla Fielder station wagon and other variants, the Japanese automaker says.
Here are some milestones along the way and where it stands today.
Car for the masses
‘Better than average’
Toyota Motor Corp's first generation model of Corolla car is seen in this undated handout image and released by Toyota Motor Corporation, obtained by Reuters on November 4, 2016.
His concept for the Corolla was “80-plus-points” - in short, a car with a more-than-passing grade on several counts that gave customers the feel of a better-than-average product.
For the first-generation Corolla, the going-the-extra-mile “add-on” was its sportiness, despite being a family car. Hasegawa gave the car a 4-speed manual transmission operated by a gearshift on the floor, instead of the more typical 3-speed, column shifter at the time.
The Corolla also had a 1,100cc engine, a bit larger than that of its rival, the Nissan Sunny.
Toyota Motor Corp's second generation model of Corolla car is seen in this undated handout image and released by Toyota Motor Corporation, obtained by Reuters on November 4, 2016.
Toyota has stuck to its tradition of introducing new technologies to the masses with each remodeling of the Corolla. Now in its 11th generation in Japan, the car is made in 13 countries around the world and sold in more than 150 countries.