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Toyota to Reveal 2009 Corolla, Matrix at SEMA

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With a nod to the aftermarket's economic power, Toyota says it'll introduce its redesigned 2009 Corolla and Matrix models at the SEMA show in Las Vegas next month. They'll likely be drawn from the JDM models (Corolla shown, via Nihon Car) introduced last year, and likely surrounded by scantily clad temptresses of the nitrous bottle. Look for the Matrix' NUMMI cousin, the 2009 Pontiac Vibe (below) to show up sometime after, perhaps in time for a Detroit preview.


Press Release:

Toyota to Stage U.S. Premiere of 2009 Corolla and Matrix at 2007 SEMA Show

TORRANCE, Calif., Sept. 25 /PRNewswire/ — Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. (TMS), Inc. will stage the U.S. premiere of the all-new 2009 Corolla and Matrix at a press conference at the 2007 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show, held October 30 - November 3, 2007 in Las Vegas.


Originally launched in 1966, Corolla first arrived in America in 1968 to instant success. For nearly four decades, Corolla has been synonymous with Toyota quality, style and value, earning a distinction as one of the most trusted cars in America. Over that span over 30 million Corollas have been sold worldwide, making it one of the best-selling cars of all time.

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Bland and dated looking, in a boring color, with tiny wheels. Can't really get more Japanese than that. Of course, that whole combination basically guarantees the great American public will gobble them up as quickly as the folks at NUMMI can build them.