Toyota’s Corolla has a new name and a new look
Toyota announced its 2018 Corolla sedan and 4Runner on Thursday, but they aren’t the first to change names in the wake of a scandal.
The carmaker is changing its name and brand after a lawsuit filed by its parent company filed in a California court alleges that the name of the Corolla hatchback is a trademark of another company.
Toyota says the name change is a “temporary” decision.
Corolla Hatchback and 4 Runner Details:Toyota Corolla Hatchbacks and 4RunnersThe new name is the Toyota Corolla , the company said in a statement.
“The new Toyota Corollas and 4runners will feature a more modern, contemporary design and will have a more powerful engine,” the statement said.
“Toyota has been the leader in the global luxury segment for more than a quarter century.
Today, we are celebrating the new Toyota brand with a new generation of Corollans and 4Riders.”
Corolla has been a top name for Toyota for decades.
This is a new beginning for Toyota and we are grateful for the continued support from our loyal fans and our loyal employees,” the company added.
In a statement, Toyota called the lawsuit “unfair, without merit, and a distraction from the important business that we all share.”
Toyotas redesigned Hatchback to resemble the redesigned Rav4 sedan and the redesigned 4Runner to resemble a redesigned Rav6 sedan.
A new, larger hatchback called the Corolla Hatchback will be unveiled next year.