As one man can defeat ten men, so can one thousand men defeat ten thousand. However, you can become a master of strategy by training alone with a sword, so that you can understand the enemy’s stratagems, his strength and resources, and come to appreciate how to apply strategy to beat ten thousand enemies.
– from The Book Of Five Rings by the samurai warrior Miyamoto Musashi, some time around 1645
It is a shadow war. Over successive generations, the battles have been played out in various parts of the world. Though they won’t admit it, Toyota with the Corolla and Honda with the Civic, have been at each other’s throats. Superficially, they pretend as if they operate in different segments, but deep within, they know that when anyone, in any part of the globe, wants a reliable, comfortable, thoughtful sedan, it is either the Corolla or the Civic.
This war is between them, and them alone, and in the process other enemies simply cannot match up and fall by the wayside.In India, the Civic kept moving from strength to strength, as its arch-rival was getting older and somewhat unfit for what can be billed as a fight between true equals. The Civic, like a true samurai, endured the wait for a battle-ready contender for a long time, and now, with the new Corolla Altis, Toyota has finally empowered its warrior. The two rivals have been itching for a fight, and so the latest iteration of the legendary war unfolds in the country.