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The next Corolla Hatch revealed

The next Corolla hatch, displaying a bolder, more dynamic exterior design, has been revealed at the Geneva Motor Show.  

“The new Corolla hatch will have a fresh and exciting makeover with a heavily European inspired design,” says Neeraj Lala, Toyota New Zealand’s General Manager of Product and New Vehicle Sales.

“It’s going to be a brand-new ground-up build, on Toyota’s new global platform, with a more gratifying driving experience.”

Longer, wider and featuring a longer wheelbase than the current car, the new Corolla hatch has a lower stance and more appealing proportions.

The TNGA platform features a lower centre of gravity, multi-link rear suspension and a more rigid body shell that contributes to better handling and stability without compromising ride and comfort.

A choice of hybrid electric and petrol powertrains are provided for the new model. This includes the latest version of Toyota’s 1.8-litre hybrid powertrain.

Its fuel efficiency will rival the hybrid halo model, Prius, while fulfilling all the requirements customers have come to expect from a Toyota hybrid powertrain – silent, intuitive, responsive and self-sufficient.

Corolla hatch’s overall length has been increased by 40mm, all of which has been absorbed within the longer wheelbase. The roof’s peak has been lowered 25mm, while the cowl height is a significant 47mm lower than the current model.


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Audi gets in on the flying car action

The “pop.up next” concept – Source: Reuters

Audi, Airbus and ItalDesign have teamed up to develop a vehicle that is both autonomous and can fly. 

Last year at the Geneva motor show, it was reported that Airbus and ItalDesign were co-developing a flying car concept, which was based on wheeled pods that could be picked up by flying drones. 

Revealed yesterday at this year’s show, the Pop.Up concept has been developed further, with Audi stepping in; the concept now bears the name Pop.Up Next.

The addition of Audi has resulted in electric and autonomous driving being apart of the vehicle, while Airbus has been refining its quadcopter top and working together with the design firm and the automaker on how to better hand off the two-seat passenger capsule between the wheels on the ground and the rotors in the sky. 

In the distant future this vehicle could transport people in cities quickly and conveniently on the road and in the air, at the same time solving traffic problems. The dominant interior feature is a 49-inch screen, while interaction between humans and the machine is performed by speech and face recognition, eye-tracking and a touch function.

“Last year Pop.Up marked a new — and as we believe highly significant — chapter in the transportation sector by bringing together two worlds, road mobility and air transport, which had never previously met,” commented Jörg Astalosch, CEO of Italdesign.

“The close cooperation with the premium brand Audi confirms that the project could become the standard bearer for future mobility, based on new technologies, sustainability, digitalisation and urbanisation; all sectors in which Audi is a leading company.”


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