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Car Advisor Tamotsu Todoroki

Juntei-me à AGASTA CO. e fiz compras de viaturas durante alguns anos. Depois mudei-me para o Departamento de Vendas e comecei esta coluna sobre carros usados ​​japoneses. Aconselho viaturas e partilho uma boa dose de conhecimentos.



The inaugural production of the Toyota Sprinter was presented during March 1968 as the approved adaptation of the initial Toyota Corolla. It was the sole adaptation to admit the name of "Corolla" in its manufacturing name. Every genesis of the Toyota Corolla was presented with a commensurate edition of the Toyota Sprinter. The Sprinter was exclusively sold on the Japanese Market and manufactured to be sportier than the Corolla.
The Toyota Sprinter was traded in the USA as the Chevrolet Nova. It was manufactured in Fremont, California as a collective investment between the Japanese manufacturing business, Toyota, and General Motors.

The Emancipation of the Toyota Sprinter
In May 1970 the Toyota Sprinter was introduced as a variant edition of the second edition Corolla coupe. Toyota USA had assured its Japanese counterparts that they would attain the sole privilege to trade with Corolla. To enable sales by means of a second retailer, the Toyota Sprinter no longer included the "Corolla" label, although the variations on the vehicles were purely esthetical.

In September 1970 Japan affixed the 3K engine with a 1407cc T engine. It was named the Sprinter Trueno. A limited edition, the Sprinter Trueno J, was a replica of the original released Trueno, with the exception that it hosted a single cam, matched carburettor 2T-B engine.

During 1974 the third edition Toyota Sprinter was released. Its specifics were supported by the third generation Toyota Corolla coupe, two-door sedan, four-door sedan and the lift back. Once more the deviations between the Corolla and the Sprinter were ornamental.

Toyota Corolla received the trade codes E30-38 whilst the Toyota Sprinter received the comparable codes E41-47. In March 1974, the Corolla became the E50-55 series and the Sprinter updated accordingly to transform into the E60 series.

Smooth and Sleek
In 1979 the fourth edition Sprinter was supported by the fourth edition Corolla coupe, two-door sedan, four-door sedan and the lift back. The features of the vehicles were unsurprisingly similar. The Toyota Corolla hosted an uncomplicated display of its grill, head- and tail lights, whereas the Toyota Sprinter hosted a somewhat more complicated yet shapely display.

The fifth edition Toyota Corolla and Toyota Sprinter series lines were differentiated as FWD (front wheel drive) and RWD (rear wheel drive) models. This generation Sprinters were also the last to host RWD which, to this day, makes it an excellent vehicle for sports car fanatics in the drifting category.

In the Japanese market, the AE82 Toyota Sprinter sedan hosted contrasting head lights as opposed to the AE82 Toyota Corolla. The four side windows, bowed c-pillar, disparate tail lights, higher situated back and front aero framework compared closely to that of the Levin coupe.

The RWD Toyota Sprinter hosted pop-up headlights, whereas the Corolla of the same generation displayed fixed head lights. The United States manufactured Corolla GTS and the Japanese EA86 Sprinter displayed the same head lights.

The Toyota Sprinter was manufactured to release a total of eight generations. The eighth edition was, as all other editions, based on the similar released generation of the Toyota Corolla, and was manufactured in 1996. It was the final release of the Toyota Sprinter badge.

The Toyota Corolla Lives On
The Toyota Corolla has always been marketed and known for its fuel-efficiency. The 2013 Corolla is presented as a five-passenger sedan featuring 15-inch steel wheels, air-conditioning, a driver seat that is fully height-adjustable, route computer and a music system hosting a CD player and an auxiliary output.

It hosts a 1.8 litre inline-4 engine that creates 132 horsepower and a 128 pound-feet torque. The five-speed manual transmission is a standard feature, whereas a four-speed automatic transmission is an optional feature.

Safety features on the Toyota Corolla includes stability and traction control, front disc and rear drum anti-lock brakes, front side airbags and side curtain airbags. The front seats presents acceptable room for movement and taller than average drivers will find it comfortable. The interior of the vehicle hosts a total of 12.3 cubic feet of space, while trunk space is below average although it hosts a wide access opening.

Toyota enthusiast will find the 2013 Toyota Corolla as reliable, fuel-efficient and ideal for the daily commute.