The Toyota Corolla has just ticked over into its 12th generation. It has sold millions and millions all over the world and is an absolute testament to Toyota's unique blend of marketing, solidity, quality and crushing dullness.

The Corolla has by and large been a dull-but-worthy car with a few, model-specific exceptions. For nearly half a century, that worked a treat, here and overseas. But then other car companies caught up, styling became a thing and SUVs started clawing away sales with a bit of ride height and plastic bodywork.

The last Corolla wore a sharper suit than before, but it was still boring to drive, trading on its familiar values of not trying too hard. With an all-new platform and the command from on-high to be less boring, perhaps this new one can push the car to new heights.