When Toyota's venerable Corolla got its last major makeover in 2007, it wasn't a major change in appearance from the previous model. And a subsequent refresh in 2010 was barely noticeable.
Nevertheless, in spite of falling well behind some of its major competitors in terms of trendiness, and apart from most of 2011 when supply lines were constrained because of the natural disasters in Japan, Corolla's sales have remained strong.
Through the first half of 2012 it's still the third-best selling car in Canada, behind the Honda Civic and Hyundai Elantra, albeit in a very tight race with the much more modern Mazda3 for that position.
The next-generation Corolla, due to bow as a 2014 model, will dramatically do away with its dated appearance. It will get a more dramatic change than the recently-introduced new Avalon, a Toyota USA official reportedly told auto-industry publisher Ward'sAuto.
And recent spy shots of its sister-car, the Auris, testing in prototype form in Europe, confirm that prediction.
Let's hope the updates extend to its mechanicals – especially its outdated four-speed automatic transmission.