Luke717

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    Neville
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    Corolla Excel 1.8 hatchback (once we're out from lockdown)
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    2020
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  1. My dealer Jemca in Bracknell (and I guess their 6 other dealerships in London and close to) are also planning to start up on June 1 in a similar manner. Appointment only visits, no drop-ins at all any more. New Corolla gets closer!
  2. The official word: Toyota press release May 22 - https://newsroom.toyota.eu/toyota-to-restart-its-last-two-european-manufacturing-plants-on-may-25-and-26/
  3. I have a different experience, TIM. I owned an Audi A4 SLine auto from 2010 to 2016. Terrific car, that model and year was a real driver's car, that for me was the most satisfying car experience since the Saab 900 Turbo I had in the early 90s. My experience with the Audi dealer was superb. They looked after the car during that whole period, I have not a single complaint about their operation or their service. That experience played a big part in how I regard Audi as a brand. The one I owned was a great car and the fact it's German doesn't feature much in that view even though Audi the company does play up its German-ness in its advertising. Perception wise, I see Audi as some levels up from other German brands; clearly my great experience with Audi influences that view. And with Toyota, I had a Camry V6 from 1997 for a few years as a company car. Loved it. That experience has influenced my opinion of Toyota and was a factor in my decision in January to buy a new Corolla. Plus asking around I discovered a handful of friends here and in the US with Toyotas of one model of another - unanimous positivity from all those friends about the brand and their dealer experiences. For me things have a changed a lot since my time with a Camry and with the Audi. What I want from a car is different now. First and foremost, I wanted a hybrid. I'm very happy with my Toyota decision. My dealer experience so far has been good even to the extent of hearing from them recently about plans post-lockdown. I think it's the dealer experience that really counts and plays a huge role in brand loyalty. Looking forward to testing this when I eventually get my new car!
  4. Hi Paul. Thanks for sharing this info, I didn't know you could do that!
  5. To take your mind off coronavirus, lockdown, and the when or if of car deliveries, even for just a few minutes, here's a readable assessment of Toyota car production in the UK, reviewing the Burnaston factory, it's history and how they make Corollas. For me, as someone waiting for a new Corolla HB Excel, I found this an insightful read that helps me remain confident about my pending new car. As Autocar introduces the piece dated May 3: "It’s a good news story about a factory that has received major investment, increased production and shown that British manufacturing is as good as any in the world." https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/features/building-40-new-cars-hour-inside-toyotas-burnaston-plant
  6. Hi Paul, thanks for sharing your situation. Agree, in the Covid-19 context, this matters little. Good to know about the financial agreements, too. Given all of this, I still have my current car (a 17-plate Ford Focus), decided to hang on to it once it became clear that the new Corolla would not be arriving any time soon. Mind you, I've hardly covered 50 miles in the past few weeks so maybe I don't need a car at all - I've walked and used my bike more! Current car's first MoT is due end April, although now extended for 6 months. That is very handy.
  7. Almost there! I wouldn't be surprised if the delay runs into months not just weeks. I wonder what effect this will have on the car price. And I imagine the warranty would start from the actual delivery date.
  8. Hi all. I ordered my new 1.8 Excel HB on January 25, 2020. Things were on track for April 7 delivery or sooner, according to the dealer, until last week when the Corolla factory in Derbyshire was shutdown on March 18. Yesterday the dealer told me that following the government announcement on Monday, they are now closed as well until further notice. Here's what their website says: https://jemcabracknell.toyota.co.uk/covid-19. The text says they're still open but scroll down and you'll see all opening days and times say 'Closed.' I understand that means the showroom not the service dept. It's not wholly clear though. I'm imagining the production line in Burnaston and seeing my new Corolla in build process but now stuck on the line waiting for humans to return. The robots need them! So my anticipation in soon owning a new Corolla is dashed for the time being 😧 How are you other expectant new-Corolla owners faring?
  9. Latest Toyota news today 18 March via https://europe.autonews.com/automakers/toyota-suspends-european-production: Toyota will shut all its plants in Europe over the course of this week due to the spread of coronavirus, the automaker said in a statement. The plants affected are: France: the Yaris plant in Valenciennes, which suspended operations on Tuesday. UK: the Corolla plant in Burnaston and an engine plant in Deeside, which close on Wednesday. Czech Republic: Toyota's small-car plant jointly run with PSA in Kolin from Thursday. Turkey: C-HR assembly plant in Sakarya, which shuts down Saturday. Poland: the e-CVT hybrid gearbox plant in Walbrzych and the hybrid engine plant in Jelcz-Laskowice from Wednesday. (First posted in the Corolla forum.)
  10. Latest Toyota news today 18 March via https://europe.autonews.com/automakers/toyota-suspends-european-production: Toyota will shut all its plants in Europe over the course of this week due to the spread of coronavirus, the automaker said in a statement. The plants affected are: France: the Yaris plant in Valenciennes, which suspended operations on Tuesday. UK: the Corolla plant in Burnaston and an engine plant in Deeside, which close on Wednesday. Czech Republic: Toyota's small-car plant jointly run with PSA in Kolin from Thursday. Turkey: C-HR assembly plant in Sakarya, which shuts down Saturday. Poland: the e-CVT hybrid gearbox plant in Walbrzych and the hybrid engine plant in Jelcz-Laskowice from Wednesday.
  11. The order status for my Corolla in My Toyota still says "Processing order," the same state it's been in since I ordered the car on Jan 25. To the right of the drop-down list is a large square gray area with a little icon of a car on a transporter. This gray area is for Google Maps (says that at foot of area), I guess it gets a map once the transporter + car leave the factory? The dealer did tell me a while ago that this whole My Toyota car-progress feature is a new thing from Toyota and I guess they're working on it still. Must be Windows 10 programmers there ☺️ Aaron, good luck with your delivery!
  12. Hello Tim. This was an issue for me when I started researching hybrids last November. I use Android Auto in my current car (a 17-plate Focus), and it's a significant feature for me. Every Corolla review I read or saw for the 2019 models were very negative indeed about the lack of being able to use these apps, relying only on Toyota's in-build nav app which gets little praise either. But when Toyota said all 2020 models will come with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay (https://www.toyota.co.uk/owners/vehicle-information/in-car-multimedia/), that helped me decide to go ahead and buy a Corolla. And so I did. Not got it yet, expected end March! Good luck with your research.
  13. I found a press release on the Toyota Europe Newsroom website that has this mention of the catalytic converter location on the new Corolla hybrids: https://newsroom.toyota.eu/2019-the-toyota-corolla/ It's specifically speaking about the 2-litre engine but I assume it applies to the 1.8 as well. The press release was published in Feb 2019 so possibly things have changed. Still, I find it helpful to know this little snippet.
  14. Sure, so naturally Toyota GB haven't told me anything they shouldn't or that's different to what they have already put in the public domain.What I have quoted from their emails to me is pretty generic stuff that largely reflects what I've seen others talking about.
  15. Yesterday, I asked Toyota GB via email via their website contact page if they could provide some clarity about catalytic converters and the 2020 Corolla. I referenced the large number of comments in their blog post about cat thefts (https://blog.toyota.co.uk/catalytic-converter-theft-how-to-protect-your-car), noting that no one commenting there had mentioned the new Corolla. Specifically, I asked Toyota GB this question: In their reply today, they said: I found this response quite helpful, actually, reinforcing what I've seen others mentioning in this Forum and elsewhere. What I'd like to know for sure, though, is the location of the catalytic converter and how easy or difficult is it to access it (I see very different opinions on this in this Forum), so I've emailed Toyota GB asking. Let's see what they say. I keep thinking that in all the stories about cat thefts, I have not yet seen one that talks about the new Corolla. Either thieves aren't targeting them because of what Toyota GB says about cat size, or the Corolla's not on their radar yet. Hopefully the former.