There are times when we hesitate to call a new-generation car model \"all-new,\" and that\'s when a major component of the car is merely a carryover from the preceding model. Especially when the component in question is the engine. You can\'t get any more major than that. The \"all-new\" 11th-generation Toyota Corolla Altis is one such car. With a couple of in-line-four gasoline engines (in 2.0- and 1.6-liter displacements) that have been handed down from the outgoing model, it isn\'t technically all-new, is it?
But just how exactly new is the 2014 Corolla Altis? Ninety percent? Eighty percent? Fifty percent?
We asked the car\'s chief engineer, Shinichi Yasui, who flew in from Japan for yesterday\'s official launch of his compact sedan. We wanted to understand a car\'s newness from the perspective of somebody who oversaw its design and development.
According to Yasui, the 2014 Corolla Altis is \"70% new,\" considering the engine and the platform are both carryovers from the previous model.
So there. That\'s how new the \"all-new\" Toyota Corolla Altis is.
Photo by Vernon B. Sarne