Toyota Carri or Toyota Corolla E90 was the sixth generation model of Toyota Corolla. In Toyota Corolla E90, the rear-wheel drive was discontinued in 1986. In May 1987, the production of the Corolla models began with all featuring the front-wheel drive. Base, XL, GL, SE, and SE Limited trim levels were used for general export while the GT-i trim level was offered for sale in selected countries. Except for 4WD Sprinter Carib wagon that featured a solid axle rear suspension with coil springs, all the rest featured struts all over. The 4WD wagon remained in production from 1988 to 1994 and was completely different from other Corolla models in term of bodywork. In the American market, it was sold under the nameplate of All-Trac, while it was sold as Tercel or Corolla in other parts of the world. Generally speaking, all the Corolla models dropped the boxy styling of the previous generations and turned to more modern and up to date looks as well as upgraded aerodynamics.
In Japan, Sprinter, a five-door liftback was known as Cielo and for European market, it was renamed as Corolla. In Ireland particularly, it was badged as Sprinter GLS for a good amount of period, though it appeared to be like a cheap decals rather than metallic-coated plastic badges commonly found on the Toyota’s models.
The high performance GT-i models were offered as a 3-door hatchback, sedan and five-door liftback, equipped with a 4A-GE engine. The same engine was found in the North American GT-S coupe.
The car also won the Semperit Irish Car of the Year award in 1988.
The sixth generation Corolla E90 sedan received a 1.3-L engine with 4-speed or 3-speed automatic transmission while the 4WD sedan gets a 1.6-L 4A-FE. SE-Limited G was the only sixth generation E90 Corolla that received a 1.5-L 5A-FHE engine.
A supercharged engine was used in the AE92 and Trueno, equipped with SC12 roots type supercharger and a top mounted intercooler capable of generating 206 Nm (152 lb-ft) at 4,400 rpm compared to the naturally aspirated 4A-GE’s 136 Nm (100 lb-ft) at 4,800 rpm.
Toyota involved in a joint venture with Holden called UAAI so as to develop and sell the Toyota Corolla as the Holden Nova, in December 1998. Under this agreement both E90 and E100 became equal.
In Australia, the Corolla liftback was sold as Seca. In 1988, Sprinter Carib Wagon, a 4×4 wagon launched followed by hatchback, sedan and Seca in mid 1989.
In Europe, E90 was offered in its different variants such as 4-door sedan, 3-door and 5-door hatchback as well as wagon. In the later half of 1989, the 4A-GE engine in the GT-i model was replaced by non-T-VIS ‘small port’ version from previous T-VIS equipped ‘big port’ variant.
Sedan was manufactured at NUMMI and Cambridge, Ontario, Canada. Both these plants produced 4.5 million units of AE92. In 1990, a special edition was built in celebration of 25th anniversary. The 4WD All-Trac wagon in Base and SR5 trim levels was produced between 1988 and 1992.
The 6rh generation Corolla was imported to Pakistan from Japan and was offered in four trim levels, i.e. 1.3 and 1.5 liter petrol engines and also 1.5 and 1.8 liter diesel engines. In 1993, Toyota formally started manufacturing cars in Pakistan.
In South Africa, the Toyota South Africa made an attempt to enhance the performance of 4A-FE engine and to achieve this, the company made some alterations to the engine inlet and exhaust to boost the output from 87 kW to 96 kW.