Corolla rolls off assembly in Tupelo, Mississippi

The old and the new Corolla meet once again. From the first to the eleventh-generation Corolla, Toyota has been producing more than just cars. It has also produced happy customers, more than 40 million worldwide. (Toyota photo)

The old and the new Corolla meet once again. From the first to the eleventh-generation Corolla, Toyota has been producing more than just cars. It has also produced happy customers, more than 40 million worldwide.
(Toyota photo)

What’s 47 years old, stunning, and turning heads in Tupelo today?

In front of an estimated crowd of nearly 9,000 people at the BancorpSouth Arena this afternoon the all-new, next generation 2014 Corolla officially made its Mississippi debut at its line off ceremony, featuring an illusionist, aerialists, fire artists and other performers.  Attendees included Toyota Mississippi team members and their families, suppliers and invited guests including Miss. Lt. Governor Tate Reeves and Congressman Alan Nunnelee.

The line off celebration was combined with the plant’s Team Mississippi Appreciation Day.

In 1996, San Francisco Region General Manager Jim Lentz (left) shakes hands with NUMMI President and CEO Iwao Itoh over the 1 millionth Corolla to come off production lines at the plant. Lentz is now Toyota’s chief executive officer of North America Region.

In 1996, San Francisco Region General Manager Jim Lentz (left) shakes hands with NUMMI President and CEO Iwao Itoh over the 1 millionth Corolla to come off production lines at the plant. Lentz is now Toyota’s chief executive officer of North America Region.

The all-new 2014 Corolla is assembled by 2,000 team members at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Mississippi, Inc., located near Tupelo.  Five “near-site” suppliers employ an additional 1,300  people.

The Corolla, now in its 11th generation, is the world’s most popular compact sedan and last month sold its 40 millionth unit worldwide.

Immediately following the all-new Corolla’s debut, guests were treated to Team Mississippi Appreciation Day outside of the arena.  Rides, games, food, live music, karaoke, a magic show and other fun-filled activities took place.

The all-new 2014 Corolla arrived in dealer showrooms last week.