It's a success story that hasn't come close to reaching its final chapter.
What do Michael Jackson's Thriller, J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter book series, and Toyota's Corolla all have in common? They're all the best-selling objects in their respective disciplines. But unlike the title of Jackson's 1982 album, the Toyota Corolla has been anything but thrilling since it launched in the 1960s. Be that as it may, the dependable sedan has fulfilled the fundamental transportation brief better than anything else and that's why it has just accomplished an incredible sales milestone. According to the Toyota's official in-house publication, Toyota Times in Japan, the Corolla has surpassed 50 million units sold globally since its debut.
To put the Corolla's achievement into perspective, the Volkswagen Beetle has sold just over 21 million units over the course of its lifetime and the Ford F-Series has sold in excess of 40 million. Both of these models arrived several years before the Corolla did. The Corolla's epic tally includes not just sedans but also hatchbacks, coupes, and other models that have used the same badge. The latest 2021 Corolla is a refined version of the same recipe that has worked so well over the last five and a half decades. It's spacious, reliable, and relatively affordable. But it's also got more personality than before and can finally be referred to as a stylish sedan without the next person questioning your taste.
But beyond the Corolla, Toyotas continue to sell up a storm around the world. Last year, sales of the RAV4 SUV crossed the 10-million mark. The Camry remains one of the few mid-size sedans that remains popular; earlier this year, Toyota's Georgetown, Kentucky, plant built its 10-millionth Camry. As for the Corolla family, it was recently expanded with the reveal of the Corolla Cross crossover and in future a GR Corolla hot hatch is in the works. Nothing about this vehicle will set anyone's pants on fire, yet it seems to be exactly the product that the average family needs. We see no reason that it won't extend the Corolla's lead as the best-selling automotive nameplate in history.