It had 60 horsepower with 1.1 liter overhead valve four-cylinder mounted longitudinally in the engine and is powered with a four-speed manual transmission, since automatic transmission wasn't yet available that year. The first unibody structure of the Toyota Corolla had a strut font suspension and mounted the rear axle on a pair of leaf springs. IT was so simply made that there were no parts to break and was easy to handle.
With the production of the Corolla, Toyota then overcame the common perception about Japanese products being inferior. They also proved that even if they built a smaller, cheaper car, its quality didn't suffer. It became popular among the consumers then.
Came with the new features included new models such as a four-door sedan, a two-door hardtop, a sport-oriented SR5 hardtop and a five-door station wagon all powered with a 1.6 liter engine. A year after that, another design came in the line up, a sporty two-door station wagon called the "Liftback", which was uniquely designed instead of the traditional fastback or economy cars expected. The "Liftback" accounted 30 percent of Corolla's sale. With that idea, Toyota created the Corolla Sport Coupe model sold as a sporty car which was slightly cheaper than the larger Celica.