1 Oct 1994
The seventh-generation Corolla was the last small car to be built in Australia, this time at Toyota’s high-tech Altona site in Melbourne.
It also spawned a Holden Nova version in its first two years until the British-sourced TR Astra replaced that in Holden’s line-up.
Although it arrived three years after its Japanese premiere, the AE102 benefited from Toyota’s Lexus program trickle-down effect, so it was big on refinement, comfort, durability and – for a Corolla - space.
This time only a single five-door hatch (called Seca) and four-door sedan were offered, although the extended liftback-look, short-lived, fully imported Sprinter from May ’94 to November ’96 was the spiritual successor to the old Seca models.
It shared the same 85kW 7A-FE 1.8 litre engine with the local models, which included: CSi 1.6, CSi 1.8 Conquest and Ultima 1.8 sedans and Seca CSi 1.6, CSX 1.6 and 1.8 and sporty RV 1.8 hatches.
The smaller engine was a reworked version of the 4A-FE 1.6-litre fuel-injected unit producing 78kW of power. All autos were now four-speed, while on the safety front there was now the option of airbags and anti-lock brakes.
But a big weight hike meant the popular 1.6 autos were no rockets.
Special editions included the Corolla World Cup Seca of early ’95, the CSX-based Advantage from October ‘95 and the Spirit from early ’96.
11th of November 1994
Toyota 1994 Corolla CSi sedan
E160 MkII Corolla
AE95 Corolla 4WD Wagon
KE55 Series II Corolla
KE70 Series II Corolla
AE80/2 Series II Corolla
AE112 Series II Corolla
AE90/2 Series II Corolla
ZZE122R Corolla Series II
150 series Corolla
AE102 Series II Corolla