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Toyota Corolla (E80)

Toyota Corolla (E80)
Vehicle information
ManufacturerToyota
Also calledToyota AE85 & AE86 Corolla Levin /Sprinter Trueno
Toyota Corolla Sprinter
Production1983 1987
AssemblyToyota City, Japan
Fremont, California (FX)
Santa Rosa, Laguna, Philippines
Durban, South Africa
Thames, New Zealand
Australia
PredecessorCorolla E70
SuccessorCorolla E90
Body style3-door hatchback (FX)
4-door sedan
4-door sedan (six-window)
5-door hatchback (FX)
5-door liftback
2-door coupé (RWD)
3-door hatchback coupé (RWD)
LayoutFront engine, front-wheel drive / rear-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
Engine1.3 L I4 2A
1.3 L I4 2E
1.5 L I4 3A
1.6 L I4 4A
1.8 L I4 1C diesel
Transmission3-speed automatic
4-speed automatic
5-speed manual
Wheelbase95.6 in (2428.2 mm)
FX: 95.7 in (2430.8 mm)
Length167.5 in (4254.5 mm)
FX: 160.0 in (4064 mm)
Width65.1 in (1653.5 mm)
FX: 65.2 in (1656.1 mm)
Height52.3 in (1328.4 mm)
FX: 53.0 in (1346.2 mm)
FX16: 52.8 in (1341.1 mm)
Weight1047 kg (2304 lb)
RelatedDaihatsu Charade
Chevrolet Nova

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The Corolla E80 was the fifth generation of cars sold by Toyota under the Corolla nameplate.

The fifth generation is generally regarded as the most popular Corolla when measured against its contemporaries, and some 3.3 million units were produced. This model, from 1983, moved the Corolla into front wheel drive, except for the AE85 and AE86 Corolla Levin / Sprinter Trueno models (SR-5 / GT-S in USA) which continued on the older rear wheel drive platform, along with the three-door "liftback" (E72), three-door van (E70) and five-door wagon (E70) of the previous generation, that were still being produced.

The front-wheel-drive wheelbase was now 95.6 in (2428 mm).

It was the first Corolla to top the New Zealand top-10 lists, ending Ford's dominance of that market. A "short" hatchback range, called the Corolla FX in Japan and the Corolla Compact in Germany, arrived in 1984, on the front-wheel-drive platform. The three and five-door hatchbacks resembled the Corolla sedan with a truncated rear deck and trunk. Although there was a five-door liftback model of the basic Corolla, the FX-based hatchback was sold alongside it. The Corolla FX replaced the Toyota Starlet in North America.

A DOHC 16-valve engine, designated 4A-GE, was added in 1983 on the rear-drive cars. It was a 1.6 L (1587 cc) I4 and produced an impressive 124 hp (92 kW), turning the Levin/Trueno (Japan), Corolla GT coupé (Europe) and Corolla GT-S into a popular sports car. The 3 door FWD hatchback with this engine was known as the Corolla FX-16. This engine was also combined with the front-drive transaxle to power the mid-engined Toyota MR-2.

The Sprinter sports cars, in two-door coupé and three-door liftback forms, were notable for the line's first use of pop-up headlamps, which the equivalent Corolla Levin sports models did not have.


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