i cant understand why they put in a 4 Gear Auto for an 1.8L Engine :s
Sir its to cut the costs, Corolla has a 5 speeder but it is only available at upspec models.
The European Civics even have a 6 speeder manual pulling a much smaller and lighter car with same 1.8L engine, very much in contrast to Corolla.
Corolla is a cost accountants or a businessmen dream in contrast to Civic which is a dream of every poor teeanager boy or a driver.
Toyota has much more advanced know how and engineering team they just do not give it to public if there is not enough profit.
If my memory is serving me right Toyota has a 5 speeder A/T in 1994 (second only to Nissan in Japanese manufacturers), 6 speeder in 2003 and a 8 speeder (World's first) in 2005.
Lexus was also using the worlds best V8 1UR-FSE with dual direct injection, dual V-VTI, variable intake manifolds, 11:8:1 CR, electronic variable valve control which was second only to Audi's V8 in the world.
Also introduced the brake by wire technology.