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Toyota's sleek answer to the hatchback

Toyota's sleek answer to the hatchback On test ~ th e Toyota Corolla Liftback Toyota's sleek answer t o th e 'hatchback' ANTI-THEF T alarms are not indicator lever — the usual place these from the overall smartness. normally included in a car's standard days for sounding the horn. But that At speeds of 50 plus, the 1200cc fittings, but I thought I had found an appears to be strictly for appearances engine performed well enough and, exception in the Toyota Corolla Lift- only. All very confusing. coupled with two-star fuel, it's good on back. As it happens, the Liftback doesn't economy. But I would prefer the 1600 need an accidental touch on the horn version which is not yet available in the There I was, first time out in this to attract attention. Its appearance UK. The 1200 does not provide enough Japanese answer to the European alone will achieve that. power in initial acceleration that one hatchbacks, when the sound of a horn Inside and out, it's a car with a would anticipate from a sleek, low rose above the din of London traffic at distinctively sporty flavour, easy to slung car like the Liftback. rush hour. It took a few seconds — and handle and comfortable if you like Full marks for under-the-bonnet some indignant looks from other suspension a shade on the hard side. design — backed by the well illustrated motorists — before I realized that I Controls were easy to reach and see, manual. Accessibility for routine was the culprit. Correction. Designers aided by the "wrap round" facia. The engine maintenance is very good of the Corolla Liftback must share pre-select, push button radio — a indeed. No oily knuckles or grazed some of the blame for placing the horn standard fitting along with cigar wrists trying to reach the dipstick or buttons — yes, there are two of them lighter, clock and rev counter — had a remove the distributor head, unlike so — on the strut of the steering wheel, of lever volume control. So much easier many cars where design seems to be all places. to adjust when you're driving than limited to the body and passenger Before someone points out that the twiddling with a knob. interior. incident need never have happened if I Another welcome feature was Like other hatchbacks, the principal had taken the elementary precaution adjustable seats backs which helped appeal of the Liftback is versatility. It of looking at the control lay-out in the compensate for limited adjustment can seat four in comfort, and folding car's manual, I will point out that com­ with the seat floor runners. the rear seat to provide extra luggage prehensive though the diagram is, it Another slight irritation for tall space is child's play. My five-year-old leaves out the steering wheel! passengers is the roof mounted hand son proved that. Horn buttons so near at hand may grip by the front nearside door. My Potentia l buyers: a difficult be a novel feature but it's definitely not tallish passenger banged his head twice question, this, in terms of business use. practical. It's all too easy — as I dis­ before the message got through. It's a shade pricey (£2,673) for the fleet covered to my discomfort on a couple Interior trim is disappointing, market and not plush enough to be up ­ of other occasions — for one hand to particularly on the doors which are market. touch a button accidentally. finished in a cheap looking pvc. But, given a 1600 engine, it should Perhaps it's not quite so noticeable in a prove useful to the man who puts in a When I went to remind one more subdued colour, but in light tan impatient driver at a roundabout that lot of mileage — so long as he keeps his — complementing the bright yellow it was not his right of way, my hand hands off the steering wheel strut... exterior on the test car — it-detracted went instinctively to the end of the C.P. ■ 40 INDUSTRIAL MANAGEMENT http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Industrial Management Emerald Publishing

Toyota's sleek answer to the hatchback

Industrial Management , Volume 76 (11): 1 – Nov 1, 1976

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Emerald Publishing
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0007-6929
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10.1108/eb056692
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Abstract

On test ~ th e Toyota Corolla Liftback Toyota's sleek answer t o th e 'hatchback' ANTI-THEF T alarms are not indicator lever — the usual place these from the overall smartness. normally included in a car's standard days for sounding the horn. But that At speeds of 50 plus, the 1200cc fittings, but I thought I had found an appears to be strictly for appearances engine performed well enough and, exception in the Toyota Corolla Lift- only. All very confusing. coupled with two-star fuel, it's good on back. As it happens, the Liftback doesn't economy. But I would prefer the 1600 need an accidental touch on the horn version which is not yet available in the There I was, first time out in this to attract attention. Its appearance UK. The 1200 does not provide enough Japanese answer to the European alone will achieve that. power in initial acceleration that one hatchbacks, when the sound of a horn Inside and out, it's a car with a would anticipate from a sleek, low rose above the din of London traffic at distinctively sporty flavour, easy to slung car like the Liftback. rush hour. It took a few seconds — and handle and comfortable if you like Full marks for under-the-bonnet some indignant looks from other suspension a shade on the hard side. design — backed by the well illustrated motorists — before I realized that I Controls were easy to reach and see, manual. Accessibility for routine was the culprit. Correction. Designers aided by the "wrap round" facia. The engine maintenance is very good of the Corolla Liftback must share pre-select, push button radio — a indeed. No oily knuckles or grazed some of the blame for placing the horn standard fitting along with cigar wrists trying to reach the dipstick or buttons — yes, there are two of them lighter, clock and rev counter — had a remove the distributor head, unlike so — on the strut of the steering wheel, of lever volume control. So much easier many cars where design seems to be all places. to adjust when you're driving than limited to the body and passenger Before someone points out that the twiddling with a knob. interior. incident need never have happened if I Another welcome feature was Like other hatchbacks, the principal had taken the elementary precaution adjustable seats backs which helped appeal of the Liftback is versatility. It of looking at the control lay-out in the compensate for limited adjustment can seat four in comfort, and folding car's manual, I will point out that com­ with the seat floor runners. the rear seat to provide extra luggage prehensive though the diagram is, it Another slight irritation for tall space is child's play. My five-year-old leaves out the steering wheel! passengers is the roof mounted hand son proved that. Horn buttons so near at hand may grip by the front nearside door. My Potentia l buyers: a difficult be a novel feature but it's definitely not tallish passenger banged his head twice question, this, in terms of business use. practical. It's all too easy — as I dis­ before the message got through. It's a shade pricey (£2,673) for the fleet covered to my discomfort on a couple Interior trim is disappointing, market and not plush enough to be up ­ of other occasions — for one hand to particularly on the doors which are market. touch a button accidentally. finished in a cheap looking pvc. But, given a 1600 engine, it should Perhaps it's not quite so noticeable in a prove useful to the man who puts in a When I went to remind one more subdued colour, but in light tan impatient driver at a roundabout that lot of mileage — so long as he keeps his — complementing the bright yellow it was not his right of way, my hand hands off the steering wheel strut... exterior on the test car — it-detracted went instinctively to the end of the C.P. ■ 40 INDUSTRIAL MANAGEMENT

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Industrial ManagementEmerald Publishing

Published: Nov 1, 1976

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