Australia's favourite small car for the past decade - Toyota Corolla - is now even better with the safety of vehicle stability control (VSC) now standard across the range.
Corolla sedan models produced since December - and now available in Toyota dealerships - include standard fitment of VSC, which also comes with traction control.
These two technologies work together to help the driver retain control of the car, particularly in slippery and other low-traction conditions.
An upgrade late last year made stability and traction control standard for Corolla hatch.
VSC automatically applies the brakes to individual wheels and, where appropriate, reduces engine power, helping to "steer" the vehicle where the driver intends to go.
International road-safety experts have said vehicle stability control could prevent nearly one-third of all fatal crashes and reduce rollover risk by as much as 80 per cent.
Traction control, as its name suggests, can help prevent loss of traction of a car's driven wheels.
Corolla is the world's most popular car, with more than 35 million sold worldwide.
Approximately 1.1 million have been sold in Australia - or around 22 per cent of all Toyota vehicles sold in this country.
Corolla became Australia's top-selling small car in 2000 and achieved an unbroken 10-year run at the top with another clear-cut victory last year.
Sales in 2009 totalled 39,013, which also made Corolla the best-selling Toyota in Australia for the year.
It was Australia's best-selling car - bar none - in July, August and October.
During Corolla's 10-year reign, its sales have exceeded 30,000 each year and have topped 40,000 four times.
All Corolla models for the Australian market are produced in Japan. The range has been fully imported since 2000 - the first year in which Corolla achieved small-car leadership.
PRICES* (six-speed manual transmission)
Corolla Ascent sedan $21,390
Corolla Ascent hatch $21,740
Corolla Conquest sedan $24,750
Corolla Conquest hatch $24,500
Corolla Levin SX hatch $25,690
Corolla Levin ZR hatch $28,900
Corolla Ultima sedan (auto) $30,690
Automatic transmission is a $2,000 option for all models except Ultima (standard).
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