Toyota Furia Concept: A Promising Future for Corolla

Toyota premiered the Furia Concept at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show and started immediate buzz with its sleek and futuristic lines. Looking a bit like a compact car takeover, the Furia Concept has a mean deep grille and aggressive wide stance thanks to a set of 19 inch wheels. From the back, it almost has the look of a hatchback or sporty two-door, but the Furia is actually a four-door sedan. The sleek, yet compact look is bound to turn some heads and it should be no surprise that Toyota is considering at least elements of the car in upgrading a popular mainstay of their current lineup. Corolla Replacement?

Toyota Furia Concept: A Promising Future for Corolla

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 In one press release picture, the license plate on the Furia Concept reads "Corolla" in big letters and it seems fairly obvious that Toyota intends it to be a preview of future upgrades. Described by many as having a "ferocious look", the Furia would transform the boring economy class Corolla into something that would not just turn heads, but grab buyers. The compact market has never been known for its radical styling, but recent redesigns from Ford, Honda and others have proven popular. Toyota looks ready to jump into the fray with the cutting edge Furia, or soon to be new Corolla. Reaction is Fast and Furia

Toyota Furia Concept: A Promising Future for Corolla

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Reaction to the Furia has taken over auto blogs in the US and even on Autoblog Canada with excitement about the new design. One blogger implores readers not to buy a Corolla or let anyone else buy one. The expectation being that Toyota could redesign the Corolla with concepts from the Furia as early as this year. Expectations are nevertheless tempered with the reality that not everything from the Furia may make it onto a redesigned Corolla. The 19 inch wheels for example are not likely to be offered on a compact economy car like the Corolla. Currently the Corolla comes with 15 or 16 inch wheels. However, Toyota insiders hinted that changes from the Furia might be few. The Furia Concept comes at a good time for Toyota as the tsunami of 2011 hindered output in 2012. Nevertheless, Toyota sold 21 percent more Corollas that year even as it relinquished its grip on the compact market for the first time in ten years. The Honda Civic took the Corolla's place as the best selling compact car.

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