According to a recent report, Toyota could drop the Auris name when the model is redesigned for 2013.
What's in a name? A lot, apparently, if it's Corolla.
According to AutoBild, Toyota could drop the Auris name when the model is redesigned for 2013. Citing "corporate insiders," the magazine says the car might adopt the Corolla moniker to boost its image and sales in Europe.
Besides the potential for a new name, the car is rumored to be slightly longer and feature a new turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine with up to 200 PS (147 kW / 197 hp). There's also word of an upgraded hybrid with a new lithium-ion battery (which would replace the current nickel-metal hydride battery).
The European Corolla (or Auris) could be unveiled in the fall of 2012 and pricing is expected to start at €16,500 ($22,240).