Toyota built 1m Corollas in South Africa from 1975 to 2013

Toyota built 1m Corollas in South Africa from 1975 to 2013

Toyota South Africa has produced the millionth Corolla at its Prospecton plant in Durban, crowning six years of successful production during which the cars has been produced in both left and right hand drive variants and exported to regions including eastern and western Europe, the Caribbean and Africa.

Johan van Zyl, president and CEO of Toyota South Africa Motors, said the milestone celebrated a very successful production run for the 20th generation car but also heralded the introduction of the redesign in 2014.

“The Corolla benefitted from our SAR8bn investment programme (first announced in 2008), which modernised the plant and introduced a state of the art paint plant," he said.

"With the new Corolla we hope to start our next round of investment and look forward to sharing this plan when our first new generation Corolla models roll off the line.”

The Corolla, which dates back to 1966 in Japan, was first introduced in South Africa in 1975 and soon became the top seller. Since production at Prospecton began, local content has gradually increased and the range widened to include left and right hand drive models (South Africa is RHD) for export.