COPENHAGEN - In Denmark, Toyota has lost about 500 Corolla sales because it is unstable in the lane-change test.
Tests in Denmark by the Federation of Danish Motorists turned up a stability problem on the Corolla. It does not turn over, but it does display potentially dangerous behavior.
The test has been used for years in Denmark and Sweden.
Publicity following the test has cost Toyota an estimated 500 sales, said spokesman Rene Mouritzen from Toyota Denmark.
Toyota said technicians from Japan have visited the motorist group's test track. The company said it will use the maneuver in future product development.
'This maneuver is not everything,' said Shinji Sakai, a Toyota senior managing director, in Tokyo. 'We regret that it has been possible to find this weakness on the new Corolla, but the Corolla has many other features.'
Last year Toyota sold 5,907 Corollas in Denmark, of its 14,851 total. Toyota is the No. 4 brand in Denmark. This year Toyota expects to sell 6,800 Corollas.