The 2019 Corolla Hatchback
The new Toyota Corolla Hatchback, arriving in Ireland in 2019

Toyota Ireland has announced that a new Corolla Hybrid will arrive in Ireland in February 2019.

It comes as Toyota reveals plans that will see the Toyota Corolla take new prominence in Toyota’s range of compact cars. The Toyota Auris name plate is to be phased out – Toyota’s C-segment offering will now consist of a hatchback, saloon and estate badged as the Toyota Corolla.

The Corolla Hatchback (pictured) will be available from January 2019. There are no images yet of the Corolla Saloon but it will be here in February.

This is a clear strategy to use the power of big global brand names. Corolla is the world’s best-selling model nameplate, with more than 45 million vehicles sold since its introduction in 1966.

The move coincides with the Corolla’s adoption of the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) and latest Toyota hybrid technology. The Corolla Hybrid will use a 1.8-litre hybrid powertrain, while there will also be a 1.6-litre petrol available.

Toyota Ireland will release pricing and specifications for the 2019 Toyota Corolla range in October.

Steve Tormey, Chief Executive of Toyota Ireland, said,“2019 is an incredibly exciting year as we see the arrival of the first ever Corolla Hybrid in Ireland. The Corolla, the world’s best-selling car, has long been Ireland’s favourite, and our customers have been eagerly awaiting the hybrid variant. We’re also delighted to announce the extension of the Corolla family, which represents the clear strategy to use the power of big global brand names to complement Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA)”.