After 43 years of local Corolla manufacture, during which more than 1-million vehicles have been built, Toyota SA is considering the previously unthinkable: life without its traditional icon. With local and export demand in decline, CEO Andrew Kirby says it is "quite feasible" that the vehicle will no longer be produced in SA after the current model’s planned lifecycle ends in 2021. It would be imported instead. Kirby says: "We want to find a replacement model — something that young people will want to buy in the future." The Corolla is arguably the global motor industry’s greatest success story. Since its launch in 1966, more than 45-million units have been sold, making it the most popular car nameplate in history. It also ruled the local roost for long periods after its SA launch in 1975. In recent years, however, the midrange sedan market in which it competes has lost share to entry-level cars and sports utility vehicles (SUVs). "The segment has continuously declined and there is...

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