TOYOTA COROLLA – Everything You Need to Know | Up to Speed

TOYOTA COROLLA – Everything You Need to Know | Up to Speed


(engine humming) – 40 years before Initial D, there was Chassis Initial E, which is gonna be talked
about by initial me. JEP, yeah. I’m talking about the most popular car in the history of the world. (engine vrooming) You ever heard of it? The world, it’s flat and hollow. Here’s everything you need to know to get up to speed on the Toyota Corolla. (upbeat music) Grandpa, that’s my NOS Energy Drink. Mm, yum, NOS Energy Drink. Hey Nolan, what are you
doing in my dream, Nolan? More power, baby. Rainbow over there. (mumbling) Hey Nolan, what’s wrong, buddy? – Hiya, James. I have so much work to do,
but I’m just not feeling it. – I can help you out, pal. Don’t worry. (thunder strikes) By 1960, the idea of the
average Japanese person owning their own car
was pretty farfetched. Most Japanese auto
manufacturers were making cars that only middle-class and
wealthy people could afford to buy and maintain. But Eiji Toyoda, who was
president of Toyota at the time, realized that they were leaving
a lot of yen on the table by excluding the general public. So he had the engineers
create the Publica, which featured a tiny two
cylinder 697 CC Boxer engine that squeezed out a monstrous
27 hrsprs to the crank. (crickets chirping) And with a base price of only 389,000 yen, the 1961 Publica was successfully
launched to the public. So while Toyota was celebrating
the success of the Publica, Datsun and Subaru were conjuring up their own car of the people. They were like. – Listen fellas, we want a car that slaps. – Yeah, Toyota can’t be the only company with a car that slaps. – Um, sorry to bother you fellas, but your bass guitars
have arrived a bit early. – Ooh yeah, let’s go slap them basses. (bass music) – And so, in 1966, the
Datsun 1000, AKA the Sunny, and the Subaru 1000, AKA the
Subaru 1000, hit the struts. Both cars featured bigger,
faster, four cylinder engines that were just shy of 1000 CC. 1000 CC was a major barrier
because anything over that meant a higher road tax. Japanese consumers preferred
the more powerful cars over the Publica, but just a few months after those cars were released, Eiji told Datsun and
Subaru to hold his Sapporo and proceeded to launch
the 1100 CC Toyota KE10, AKA the Corolla. (singing “Corolla”) Sure, the new KE10 costs
a little more in taxes, but Eiji marketed it as
the 100 CC advantage. And you know what, people bought it. Finally, the average
Japanese person could afford a reliable car that was powerful enough to quickly climb mountainous
roads in the unlikely event of a Mothra attack. And trust me, when Mothra attacks, you’re gonna want that 100 CC advantage. Over in America, consumers were driving Detroit compacts which
had much larger engines and more cylinders. Toyota thought they could
compete with domestic brands because the KE10 was
way more fuel efficient. So in 1968, they started
selling the KE10 in America. Toyota needed to rename the KE10 for the North American market, and since their flagship
sedan was the crown, they named it the Lil’ Crown. But since Lil’ Crowns
are impossible to sell to anyone other than, you
know, princes and princesses, they used the Latin translation, Corolla. America gently dipped their toes into the new rear wheel drive
Japanese sub-compact Corolla and liked the way it felt. The base 1.1 liter engine
proved 60 horsepower, which when combined with
a 1600 pound curb weight, MacPherson strut front suspension and a four-speed fully
synchronized manual transmission made it a real zoom dog. But the best thing about the Corolla as far as American
consumers were concerned was that it sipped gas like I sip tea at the
Queen’s diamond jubilee. My, my, my, Queen Mother. These scrumpets taste scrumptious. – Oh James, you’re such a delight. More power, baby. – Poison. – Is he dead yet? – It’s gonna take a lot
more than a little poison to get rid of me, Charles. – Seize him. – More power, baby. – Bring me his lightning. – Did somebody order a light show? – No. – What took you so long? – Go. – You win this round, Kentucky Cobra. – How was dinner, pal? – If you guys want to see a
Kentucky Cobra animated show, leave me a comment in the
comments section below, and we’ll send it to Adult Swim. The Corolla got 30 and a half
combined smiles to the gallon, which was as much as 60% better than the Detroit competition. This proved to be the
Corolla’s claim to fame as the 1973 energy crisis
blew in the distance. By 1973, the second gen E20
was taking over the market. (engine humming) With its sway bar front suspension and an all-new 1.2 liter overhead valve of base engine good for 73 clippity-clops, that’s horsepower, Toyota
also launched a few new trims like the sporty 1.6 liter SR5 coupe which produced 102 clippity-clops. (engine humming) In 1974, Eiji’s son, Schoichiro
was handling business at Toyota like a dang boss, and the Corolla was slapping in the US. Like the climax of The Departed, the Corolla was taking out its
competitors left and right. Chevy was thrown off a building. Chrysler was popped in an elevator. And Ford was taken down in
their own freaking apartment. And the Corolla became the
best selling car in America, a title that it would
become synonymous with. You see, the third gen
Corolla, which dropped in 1974, came in five variants, so there was something for everybody. For the hyper-miler on a budget, there was the base 1.2 liter coupe, which got 49 em per jus on the highway. For the family on the go,
there was 1.6 liter wagon. For the budget-conscious, furry-chested, butterfly collared, disco king
with Saturday night fever, there was the SR5 liftback. The little crown made big
waves with American consumers, but Toyota didn’t just
rest on its laurels. They kept developing, kept
tinkering, and kept working. (engine humming) In 1983, they released the AE80, which was more commuter
friendly and way boxier, which was the shape du jour of the 80s. A completely new chassis
allowed for more interior space by transversely mounting
the 1.6 liter engine and changing the car (sighs)
to front wheel drive. But before you get your rear
wheel drive pants in a twist, Toyota realized there was still a need for an enthusiast Corolla. Instead of wasting R&D on developing a new rear wheel drive coupe, Toyota took a page out of Eiji’s book, took the old SR5, turned it up to 11, and the AE86 was born. (engine humming) The car featured the legendary
dual overhead cam 4AGE, which revved higher than a Wankel engine, eating up Fun Dip without the stick. I’m talking 7800 RPM, 112 hrsprs, which is fine in a 2400 pound car. (engine humming) You don’t have to be Matty Matheson to know that that’s a recipe for drifting. And a guy by the name of Keiichi Tsuchiya was most certainly not Matty Matheson. Keiichi is the granddaddy of drifting, and his preferred rubber
burning weapon of choice was the Trueno. His mountain siding
exploits not only birthed one of the most popular
modern-day motor sports, it also birthed one of
the best car enthusiast manga series of all time. You already know what I’m talking about. I could literally talk about
the AE86 for 12 minutes and then again for 11 minutes. In fact, I already have, so check it out. As the 80s came to a
close, Schoichiro wanted to revamp the Corolla again, and since the Corolla was
selling so well in America, he killed off the coupe
and wanted to focus on making an inexpensive luxury car that could eat up daily commute. His directive to the chief
developer, Dr. Akihiko Saito, was simple. – Make me a mini-Lexus with a
starting price below 10 grand. – After spending a day
crying in the shower and eating cake frosting out of a can, Dr. Akihiko set to work
and developed the E100. The new Corolla was way bigger. In fact, it replaced the Camry as Toyota’s compact vehicle in their lineup. Dr. Akihiko also made the new Corolla look super futuristic by
eliminating body panels and making all the edges curved
for a more seamless design. Americans freaking loved the new Corolla. – Surprise, neighbor, I just
bought a new Corolla wagon. – Even people who only bought
American cars loved the E100. They just bought a re-badged
version called the Geo Prizm. You remember Geos? GM basically went to a Japanese
auto buffet in the late 80s and picked out their favorite little cars and then re-badged them as American. My favorite model was the
Storm because I love the X-Men. The interior looked like
a freaking fighter jet. – If this car had wings, it would fly. – Speaking of Geo, I want
to introduce the official Donut Media boy. – Lightning, buff horses, lightning. – His name is Gio. He’s got a YouTube
channel called GioSpeaks. Check it out, I love
this kid, he’s amazing. The compact Corolla continued
on through the 90s and 2000s with steady, though not entirely sexy improvements. Honestly, they’re pretty boring. But then, in 2005, Toyota
dropped the first Corolla XRS. The XRS featured Yamaha
collaborated 2ZZ-GE engine, which revved to 7600 RPM and
created 170 horseshoe-crushing clippity-clops in a Corolla. (engine revving) And apparently, it was
all you can drink sake day at the Toyota parts department because they paired it with a
six-speed manual transmission from the Celica GT-S and the Lotus Elise. Yeah, the same gearbox from
an Elise in your Corolla. Toyota quickly sobered up,
realized their mistake, and discontinued the car after a year. Then, they brought back
the XRS a year after that, but it was a shadow of its former self. The Corolla was back
to being boring again. I say boring, but I don’t
mean boring in a negative way. Reliable, predictable, comfortable. You ever take a good look at a Corolla? It’s just, you know, it’s a car. Just because something is
boring doesn’t mean it’s bad. In fact, a lot of times,
boring stuff is good. I mean, water. Water is boring. But we gotta drink it everyday. Here’s what being boring has
helped the Corolla to achieve. As of 2016, Corolla has
sold over 44 million units, the most of any vehicle ever. If you were to attach every
Corolla that has been sold, bumper to bumper, it would wrap
around the Earth five times. And I’m not talking about pole to pole. I’m talking about the
fattest part, the equator. That’s over 120,000 miles of Corolla. In fact, when Corolla celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2016, they were averaging a
sale every 15 seconds. Now the Corolla is trying
to rebrand itself again. The 2020 model comes in a hybrid trim, just in case Toyota fans don’t want to buy one of the four Prius models available. And the new ad campaign
suggests it’s great for people looking to have 45 seconds
of uncomfortable hanky-panky in the back of a compact car. But really, it doesn’t matter
how the Corolla is advertised because the Corolla is
consistently a great car. When we were writing this script, I was surprised that the Corolla was the most popular car of all time. I thought it was the Volkswagen Beetle, which turns out is number two. The Beetle died. I don’t know if the Corolla ever will. The Corolla. (laughs) The Corolla. The Corolla. Love you. I love you.

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