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Driving School Owner Finally Trades In His Corolla For A New One After Almost Reaching One Million Kilometres

Tours Toyota's Cambridge manufacturing facility where his well-made, well-serviced, well-loved 2001 model was built

TORONTO, Dec. 4, 2013 /CNW/ - Not long after Rajah Sellathurai moved from India to Canada more than three decades ago, a friend gave him a suggestion about purchasing a car. Buy a Toyota, Rajah was advised, because they are reliable and last a long time.

Rajah heeded the advice and bought a Tercel, enjoying all 540,000 kilometres he put on it. Then he tried a Corolla - and has been fiercely loyal to the model ever since. Having just purchased his sixth Corolla a couple of months ago, he cumulatively drove his previous five Corollas more than three million total kilometres. That includes almost one million (998,000 km to be precise) on his cherished green 2001 model.

Rajah's love affair with his car came full circle today when he visited Toyota's Cambridge manufacturing facility where his 2001 model was made, met with Brian Krinock, President, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada (TMMC) and toured the plant with some of the team responsible for creating his Corolla.

The made-in-Canada Corolla is the world's number-one selling nameplate of all time, with more than 1.3 million sold to date in Canada. It is celebrating its 25th anniversary of being manufactured in this country in 2013, with more than 80 per cent of the Corollas sold still on the road today.

"The Corolla has always been - and always will be - synonymous with quality, durability, reliability and lasting value," said Brian Krinock, President, TMMC. "We are so thrilled to hear of Mr. Sellathurai's great experience with his Corolla. Credit goes to the 7,000 Canadians employed at TMMC, many of whom work on this exceptional car, as well as our other outstanding made-in- Canada models."

Rajah - who said he loves how the Corolla is as safe as it is durable - relies on his car to the tune of about 300-350 kilometres a day. Having traded in his previous Corolla for a new red 2013 model in August, he has already put about 20,000 kilometres on it. Each day, he drives it from his Brampton home to his driving school in Orangeville. It's used all day long as he teaches students with it, before he commutes back home again.

After seeing what the Corolla has done for Rajah, the three other driving instructors he employs also decided to purchase the iconic model, so all of them now have Corollas that are about six or seven years old, with 400,000-500,000 kilometres logged on each of them. What's more, whenever students have seen Rajah's eye-popping odometers, they too realize that the Corolla is a smart choice and often make it their first vehicle purchase - whether new or pre-owned.

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