The existence of Toyota’s Corolla Axio is an interesting one. While the world gets a Corolla as we know it, Japan gets the vastly different Corolla Axio.
Apparently, as the international model Corolla grew in size over the generations, Toyota Japan realised that for the Japanese market Corolla to be classified as a “small size passenger vehicle” (to avoid heavy additional purchase taxes), they had to manufacture a Japanese market-only model that fell within the dimensions.
As a result, the Corolla Axio was born. While the latest generation Corolla has grown in size, the new Axio appears to not have gained a few extra inches at the edge thanks to Toyota abiding by the regulations, which spells out that small passenger cars should not be larger than 4.7m long, 1.7m wide, and 2m high.
The facelifted Corolla Axio has just been launched this year, and it is perhaps one of Toyota’s most conservatively styled models. Unlike the latest Corolla, which features crisp lines and modern styling, the Axio has a more restrained and much simpler styling.
The large grille and Toyota’s corporate nose give the car an identity, one that is remarkably identifiable as a Toyota.
The front lights are xenon units while the rear units are now LED. The refreshed car seems to be much better looking than its predecessor.
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