The Toyota Corolla made its debut in 1966, making 2016 50 years of the Corolla. That year, the average price of a gallon of gas was only 32 cents and a new car cost around $2,650. However, the average annual salary in America was only $6,900. It was also a great year for music with popular groups like the Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones, and The Beatles shining in the spotlight.
Today, things are more expensive, with the average gallon of gas costing $2.63, but the average income in the United States is over $50,000 a year. In the past 50 years, America has seen some big changes, but the Corolla has remained a constant that drivers know they can always count on.
With the 2017 Toyota Corolla, Toyota is celebrating 50 years of the Corolla. New additions for this year include refreshed styling, an upgraded interior, standard backup cameras on all trims. However, one of the most dramatic changes is Toyota Safety Sense-P (TSS-P) will now be standard on all Corolla models.
TSS-P bundles numerous advanced safety features, including a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and Automatic High Beams.
Toyota is dedicated to making Toyota Safety Sense standard on most of its models by the end of 2017—four years ahead of the industry announced target.