The Toyota Corolla was first produced in 1966 for the Japanese market. It was intended to help citizens reach their goal of car ownership and designed as an affordable vehicle that buyers could be proud of. To that end, the first-edition Corolla included a revolutionary engine, a floor-mounted gear lever, separate bucket-type front seats, armrests, a center console box, a radio, and a heater. In 1968, the Toyota Corolla was introduced in the United States and became the first Japanese automobile to gain major popularity in America. The car has gone through 12 model generations since then and is now considered the epitome of efficiency and reliability. Today, the Corolla remains one of the most popular cars in America and, in fact, over 50 million of the cars have been sold since 1966, making it the best-selling car of all time.