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  1. I rather like it. But beauty is always in the eye of the beholder 😉
  2. To be sure, right to emphasise that. Love the wording in Toyota Europe's press release: I had to look up 'homologation' https://www.motorbiscuit.com/homologation-car/ And All noted!
  3. Nice design tweaks in the new 2023 Corolla. Especially liking the revised front lighting look and of course the vastly improved infotainment system including new main screen and customisable combimetre. If Toyota has improved the system software including navigation that would be great. If Android Auto / Apple Carplay are built in, then that would be a real winner. (I had a 22-plate CH-R last week as the courtesy car while my Corolla was in to the dealer for its year 2 service. That had Toyota's latest software including navigation. Wow, serious improvements compared to what's in the current Corolla.) One more thing of note - blind spot monitoring at last! The juiced-up power output is welcome, too, although I've been quite happy with what my 1.8 can do. My current 2020 Excel HB reaches the keep-or-move-on point in June 2023. It's been a terrific car and I'm inclined to keep it for a few more years after that. But the improvements Toyota has announced for next year look awfully compelling to me. https://newsroom.toyota.eu/toyota-announces-the-new-2023-corolla/
  4. Adding my congrats to you, Nick. As others have noted, Toyota is spot on with hybrid cars. I bought my Corolla in the summer of 2020, enjoying it hugely since then!
  5. Agree, I am the same. Dealer relationship is worthwhile especially while the car is still under warranty.
  6. I'm the opposite - AC on all the time, temp set at 21C, all else on auto setting. Never suffered from condensation inside the car (except when I bought it in June 2020 when the AC was broken in the factory, so no AC at all for the first two months until that was fixed by the dealer under warranty; summer so no condensation anyway). This winter I've used the car less than before: once or twice a week for short local journeys, occasional long (2-4 hours) journeys once a month or so.
  7. 'Refreshment break' is a polite euphemism for having a pee so there was no cost involved. I didn't spend a penny 😄 As for people charging up their EVs and spending money while that happens, each to their own. I imagine many could make a great case that buying a coffee from Starbucks or Costa while their car is charging is perfectly justifiable from the cost saving in not buying fuel especially at the prices motorway services charge.
  8. Yesterday I drove into and out of central London for the first time this year. It's about a 60-mile trip each way for me on the A4 and M4. Much of the journey on the M4 between J12 at Theale and J3 before the services at Heston is under 50mph or 60mph speed limits due to the huge project to widen that whole stretch to 4 lanes. On my return journey late afternoon, I was part of the congested rush hour traffic flow that, pre pandemic, would normally see every lane nose to tail with vehicles travelling at 60mph, or faster if anyone got a chance. This is a moving landscape that needs serious attention to what everyone else is doing. I stopped at the westbound Heston services for a 'refreshment break' and then continued my journey. Nearly all of it was on the M4, so exclusively a motorway journey for over 30 of the 42 total miles for this part, with the traffic flow and speed ebbing and flowing throughout. I find adaptive cruise control not really ideal in these situations as the car tends to slow down/speed up in an over cautious manner in the former and with too much enthusiasm in the latter. In any case, given the extra attention needed on what others are doing, setting cruise control of any type isn't a good idea in my view. You need to be in control not the sensors. So I drove with caution, keeping to the low speed limit or lower depending on the traffic. A look through the metrics in the My T app for this journey showed my average speed at 47mph. That looks about right: actual speeds of 50mph or less for the journey between J3 at Heston and J8/9 at Maidenhead, and then 60mph or less from J8/9 to J12 at Theale. The screenshot shows fuel consumption of 68.2mpg, much better than I expected - I was thinking it might be in the low 60s, even high 50s. Perhaps that thinking is influenced by typical use on a motorway with generally higher travel speed with ACC in constant use, perhaps with some liberal acceleration here and there to get past bunches of slow traffic. It also shows that 39% of the journey was in EV mode, so using the battery. That's in line with my expectation. (Related: on my inbound journey earlier, driving in central London in very heavy and very slow stop/start traffic, EV use was 80% with mpg at 57.3 according to My T. A good scene-setter for pure EV in my future!) Either way, I find journey data like this really useful to understand better the capabilities of this hybrid car in tandem with my own driving behaviours and how I can improve it further. This isn't about mpg but overall behaviour. As a final note, the overall average info you see on your dashboard is also useful (for me, it's currently showing 62.2 mpg). But I find individual journey data even more useful. How do you see it all?
  9. Today I had my Corolla in the Toyota dealer for a winter health check. Among the things they checked was the tyres and in particular, tyre wear. The car still has the original Falken 225/40/18. I was pretty impressed to note from the inspection that, after almost 15,500 miles from new in June 2020, the two fronts have middle tread depths of 4.8mm each and the two rears 6.0mm each (and noting that the legal minimum is 1.6mm). The dealer told me the Falkens could potentially last for another 15K miles depending on how I drive. Even if it's less than that, 10K say, it means I'll be looking at end 2022 at the earliest for replacing the tyres due to wear. Might be worth rotating the wheels now. I'd been thinking about replacing them for reasons not to do with wear (perceptions about better grip, less noise) but I can't ignore the economics. Looks as though my thinking about switching out the tyres will go into the long grass for a while.
  10. Thanks for sharing your experiences with the Michelins. I'm considering replacing the Falkens on my 1.8 HB Excel well before they need to be replaced. My preference is for Goodyear F1 Eagles which I had on an Audi A4 SLine a few cars ago. Two sets over 5 years. Grip like glue. But you might have persuaded me on the Michelins for the Corolla. I can't quite tell from your photo, but do the Michelins have a rubber edge that extends out that would protect the wheels from damage if you scraped a kerb, say? That was a huge plus point on the Goodyears I had.
  11. I like the auto-dip functionality. I don't find LED lights on other cars too bright. I've yet to have anyone flash me or hoot if they think I'm dazzling them. I find the responsiveness of the bi-LEDs very good. Just my 0.02 😊
  12. I finally got around to updating the Toyota navigation software with the latest 2021 v2 update. I'd downloaded the 12-gig zip file last month, unzipped it to a USB drive, got the activation code and so ready to go. It took about 70 minutes as I expected. As I don't use the Toyota nav system, preferring Google Maps on Android Auto, I'd forgotten how painful using this can be. I couldn't remember any of the voice commands to set a journey. Trying to set one up via touch and typing really did bring home to me how awkward Toyota's system is. But I did use it on my drive this afternoon. First thing - on two stretches of the A4 between Marlborough and Newbury, the wrong speed limit was shown. The actual limit of 40mph has been that way for as long as I can remember. Then a good thing - a stretch of the A4 going east out of Newbury finally shows the correct speed limit in the Tayota nav, so they fixed that one. And I do like the guidance shown in the dashboard for which exit to take at roundabouts and junctions. But overall, it's nowhere near as good and easy to use as Google Maps on Android Auto where plain-English voice commands with rapid responses are the order of the day. Plus the maps are constantly being updated - none of the palaver and faffing about with downloading multi-gig zips and spending 70 minutes and more updating - and the live traffic info is second to none. So I'll stick with my preferred nav system and think of Toyota's as the backup when Google's doesn't work. Which does happen. But it's a bit better than a paper atlas that can never be up to date. For new Corollas that will have the brand new Toyota navigation system from MY2022 onwards, maybe that might offer a real challenge to Google and other third parties.
  13. To get an idea of what Toyota's new multimedia platform including the head unit looks and feels like and how to use Android Auto or Apple CarPlay with it wirelessly, take a look at this video posted to YouTube by Toyota USA. Note it's all about Toyotas in the US so some or none of this may apply here in the UK or elsewhere in Europe. And the vehicle in the video animation is a Tundra pickup for the US market not a Corolla even for that market. But I'd be surprised if this didn't illustrate the probability of what's possibly coming here in the next year or so.
  14. This is a real issue. Hopefully Toyota won't start shipping cars without certain features due to the chip shortage. Tesla, for instance: "Numerous Model 3 and Model Y buyers are receiving their electric vehicles without USB-C ports in the center console or rear seating areas. Some customers said they were alerted in advance, but others only found out when they took their EVs home. Delivery specialists and others at Tesla have pinned the missing USB ports on chip shortages." https://www.engadget.com/tesla-delivers-ev-without-usb-ports-173616014.html
  15. Similar view here - my 1.8 HB does just fine on an uphill road. There's a stretch of the A339 between Newbury and Basingstoke coming out of a 50 limit into a 60 where the lane splits into two that go straight uphill for a mile or so (and is a notorious segment for would-be racers doing 70+ wanting to quickly get past slower HGVs). I suppose I'm on that road once every few weeks or so and usually take the uphill section in my stride, car in D and a relaxed foot on the pedal. Occasionally, though, I'll plan ahead and slip the drive into S and give it some welly going past a couple of HGVs. I tell you, the car just flies up this road. I think the Corolla is as good as any similarly spec'd car whether petrol, diesel or hybrid. I also think it's usually more about how you drive the car than how many horses it has. It's a terrific drive!
  16. Nice looking car, glad to know you're pleased. I still remember my "wow!" reaction when I collected my new Corolla Excel HB from the dealer at the end of June 2020. Still have that feeling 17 months on! 🤩
  17. You're right, the infrastructure for EV charging just isn't at scale yet. As we sit here at the end of 2021 it's hard to see when it will be. But there's a lot going on in planning that suggests we will see much change by the end of this decade. For instance, a report from the government's CMA says this: The scale of the shift to EVs – requiring the development of an entirely new network – should not be underestimated. While it is difficult to know precisely how much charging will be needed, forecasts suggest that at least 280 to 480,000 public chargepoints will be needed by 2030 – more than 10 times the current number (around 25,000). https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/electric-vehicle-charging-market-study-final-report/final-report Then there's the private company Connected Kerb that reportedly "promises to install 190k on-street devices by 2030", a big appeal for those without driveways. https://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/cars/article-10175905/UKs-Connected-Kerb-targets-190-000-street-EV-chargers-2030.html And Tesla, who have a proprietary charging network, is running a pilot in The Netherlands that opens up access to non-Tesla EVs: https://www.reuters.com/business/autos-transportation/tesla-opens-charging-network-other-evs-netherlands-2021-11-01/ Who knows who else will emerge and join in building the infrastructure?
  18. Spot on - mundane actions like changing the clock time in your car to be accurate and correct twice a year should just work automatically and seamlessly. There may well be tech challenges to resolve but this is not rocket science. I saw a report on a survey the other day on the top ten car brands and models in the UK considered by buyers to be top of the class when it comes to in-car connectivity and technology. Toyota, unfortunately, is not in this list https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/best-cars/99679/driver-power-reveals-the-best-cars-for-comfort-tech-safety-economy-and-more/infotainment-connectivity-and-electrics
  19. And what about the embedded SIM card in the car that shares data about the car's position, journeys, etc, with Toyota? It's a two-way data channel so in theory it could be the ideal conduit for additional comparatively minor functionality like adjusting the time automatically according to date-related changes, eg, DST.
  20. My old microwave was like that. Got rid of it a few months ago - and bought a replacement that doesn't have a clock 😁
  21. It is quite straightforward in a Corolla. Just tap on the DST setting to On or Off, that's it. Except it's not automatic ! As that's not likely to be so for a while, manual works 🤓
  22. I think it's probably a brand/marketing-driven reason. Look at the new bZ4X BEV SUV (wow, all those initials!) launched this past week that has the word 'ELECTRIC' emblazoned on the side and rear of the vehicle. Serious overkill! But probably an important branding element. Perhaps it would vanish after a year or so, just like the Corolla and the disappearing 'HYBRID.'
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