First introduced in 1966 as a sub-compact model, Toyota’s Corolla has become the worldwide standard-bearer for compact cars, selling over 40,000,000 examples up to July 2013. Japanese-market E160-series Corollas are produced by Toyota subsidiary company Central Motors, in the Japanese Miyagi prefecture. The E170 models are built in plants around the world, including: Indaiatuba, Brazil; Ontario, Canada; Guanzhou, China; Cumana, Venezuela; Bidadi, India; Shizuoka, Japan; Karachi, Pakistan; Durban, South Africa; Zhongli, Taiwan; Chachoengsao, Thailand; Adapazari, Turkey; and Mississippi, USA.
Currently made in sedan and hatch, there are two basic versions of the Corolla: the Japanese-only E160 model, and the export market E170. Australia sources its Corolla sedans from Thailand, while the hatches come from the export-only production facility in Shizuoka, Japan.