Toyota donates 2009 Corolla to University of Windsor

    TORONTO, Jan. 15 /CNW/ - Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI) today presented the
University of Windsor with the keys to a very special vehicle - a 2009 Toyota
    "The Corolla is the hallmark vehicle of both our sales and manufacturing
organizations here in Canada. I'm pleased to donate a 2009 Corolla to the
University of Windsor, in the heart of Canada's automotive industry, and home
of one of the foremost Automotive Engineering programs in the country,"
explained Stephen Beatty, Managing Director of TCI. "The all-new 2009 Corolla
is the product of many years of engineering learning for Toyota, and we are
pleased to be able to share that learning with the faculty and students of the
    In a ceremony at the Centre for Automotive Research and Education
(C.A.R.E.) this morning, the University received the keys to a silver 2009
Corolla CE with a four-speed automatic transmission. The ceremony was attended
by: Dr. Ross Paul, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Windsor; Dr.
Graham T. Reader, Dean of Engineering, University of Windsor; Dr. Peter Frise,
Executive Director, Automotive Research and Studies, University of Windsor;
Stephen Beatty, Managing Director, TCI; Soichiro Okudaira, Executive Chief
Engineer, Corolla and Matrix, Toyota Motor Corp.; and Shinichi Yasui, Chief
Engineer, Corolla, Toyota Motor Corp. and Terry Rafih, Chairman and CEO, Rafih
Automotive Group.
    "On behalf of the University of Windsor, we are pleased to accept the
donation of this 2009 Corolla," said Dr. Peter Frise, Executive Director of
Automotive Research and Studies at the University of Windsor. "Having these
vehicles available for study allows for invaluable hands-on learning for both
students and faculty members in the home of Canada's first university program
in Automotive Engineering. We would like to thank Toyota Canada Inc. for their
generous donation, and look forward to a continuing relationship with them."
    The all-new 2009 Corolla represents 40 years of engineering excellence at
Toyota, and is the 10th generation of one of the most successful models in the
company's history. First introduced in Canada in 1967, the Corolla has been
built at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc. facilities in Cambridge,
Ontario for 20 years.
    For 2009, the all-new Toyota Corolla is more powerful, more fun to drive,
better equipped, and roomier than ever. It retains all the convenience and
value of a compact car, but also delivers many of the qualities one only
expects to find in a mid-size vehicle. These include: electric power steering,
a tilt/telescoping steering column, dual power remote foldable exterior
mirrors, six air bags, Toyota's Anti-lock Braking System with Brake Assist and
Electronic Brake-force Distribution, and Toyota's Active Headrest technology.
    The all-new, 2009 Toyota Corolla goes on sale in Canada in February,

For further information:

For further information: Kathryn Ruhland, Manager, Public Relations,
Toyota Canada Inc., (416) 431-8333,

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