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Toyota @ SEMA: 2009 Corolla

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supposedly autoblog has pics up now of the new 09 Corolla that has debuted at SEMA.

my work blocks pictures from autoblog. can anyone find another location for this supposed debut?

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Another styling dud from Toyota. All GM bias aside, the designs from this company need to step up a notch if they want to stay competitive. Especially now that a lot of people are catching on to the fact that Toyotas aren't as well built as they used to be.

Now, this isn't ugly. But it doesn't stand out in a segment that is getting increasingly competive. You know you have a big fight up ahead when all major automakers including the Americans are devoting billions of dollars to new compact platforms and the vehicles that ride on them.

If someone put the photo of the new Corolla before today and called it a "modified camry", I would've believed them until I took a closer look. Most non-enthusiasts would have an even harder time telling the difference without a size comparison to the actual camry.

The interior looks better then the one in the current Corolla but still looks outdated compared to interiors from Honda and Mazda.

Honda execs are giving a sigh of relief and I hope that GM will take advantage of this and put that 4 Billion dollars they're spending on the new Delta platform to good use.. especially on the Cobalt.

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i feel like they tried to make it look like a civic... but then remembered that they are toyota and not honda... so they threw a bunch of camry parts on it to cover it up

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Well the XLE is as bad as I thought it would be. The S and the XRS are a little better than I thought they would be...but....I'm not sure that's saying much.

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The Grand Am called; it wants its ass dimples back.

What a pile. The whole front clip looks so flimsy. A true piecemeal design if there was one.

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This is the "edgier" design they had to delay the car two years for?

I totally agree. I thought Toyota delayed releasing the redesigned Corolla because they thought it looked too dated after they saw the redesigned Civic. Well, it still looks dated. I don't really see it as a redesign. It looks like they just restyled the current car with a new front end and slightly altered rear design. The profile really didn't change at all. This is pitiful. The Mazda3 has been on the market since the 2004 model year and looks a thousand times more current than this car. I'm not really fond of the current Civic sedan or Sentra, but I would choose these cars before I would consider the "redesigned" Corolla. I don't want to see any more negative posts about the 2008 Focus (which I don't care for either) from any Toyota fans after seeing this disgraceful lump of metal. To me, it seems like Toyota unsuccessfully followed Ford's playbook (which would explain the Ford grille treatment on the SEMA version).

To top it off, this same design has been on sale in other territories outside the U.S. for quite a while now. Again I ask, "Why the blasted delay to not offer anything new or exciting?"

I haven't seen the redesigned Matrix yet, but I hope that it fared better than this joke.

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This is the "edgier" design they had to delay the car two years for?

No. The story I've heard says that the first design proposal was too edgy. So it was delayed to be re-done/toned down. What we're seeing today is this re-do.
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This is the "edgier" design they had to delay the car two years for?

That is word for word what went through my mind when I saw the images.

As a matter of fact, when I found it on Autoblog, I figured there was some sort of mistake, and that we were looking at Japan's Corolla, because they waited 2 years for a more edgy one here.

And the interior? That's the XLE interior? That's supposed to be upscale? It doesn't even have chrome doorhandles. What about putting some faux aluminum trim on the steering wheel and center console like in the "sporty" S trim?

Big disappointment... not that I was expecting something amazing, just better.

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And another thing... even though this monstrosity will sell, the Mazda3 owns this race in terms of style. I don't think anyone comes close.

We need a new Cobalt... although I like the current one, I'm confident GM can turn out a stunner that will knock the Corolla on its ass.

Civic will always have a huge following... there are just so many ways to rice it out.

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The only decent looking one is the red XRS. Everything else looks like crap. Interior is okay, but nothing spectacular.

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I haven't seen the redesigned Matrix yet, but I hope that it fared better than this joke.

Both the "New" Corolla and Matrix are on Toyota's official website. The Matrix fares a little better than the Corolla, but I still can't say that I am impressed with it either. The Mazda3 5-door has nothing to worry about from the Matrix.

Some good news is the availability of the 2.4 liter 4 cylinder engine (the 1.8 liter 4 cylinder is standard) and AWD on the Matrix (the 2.4 liter engine is also an upgrade on the Corolla). I don't recall seeing any information about the auto transmission that will be available with the 2.4 liter engine (I might have overlooked it). Both the Corolla and Matrix will have rear disc brakes and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel also. So there is a little good news to balance out both cars' bland/lame appearances.

If the recent picture of the Pontiac Vibe is accurate, I would wait for this vehicle to come out instead of purchasing a Matrix. I would expect the Vibe to receive the same upgrades as the Matrix. When combining these upgrades with the Pontiac's superior appearance, I would buy it instead of the Matrix.

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