“You really think someone would believe a Corolla is a BMW?”
I still can’t quite figure out the OP’s statement about Corollas looking like Mercedes or BMW models. I just don’t see the resemblance–other than the fact that they all have 4 wheels.
But–then again–for decades we had people who bought Mercurys because they “wanted something better than a Ford”, or a Dodge because they “wanted something better than a Plymouth”, despite the fact that the higher-priced model was mechanically identical to the cheaper marque.
We had people who believed that a Pontiac was different from a Chevy, simply because the Pontiac had 8 tiny AC vents on the dashboard, instead of the Chevy’s 4 vents. The heavy lower-body cladding on the Pontiac apparently fooled some folks into not observing that the body was, in many cases, the same one as a Chevy. Yes, I know that there were engine and transmission differences between the two marques at one time, but that difference disappeared over 20 years ago, and the two marques were poorly disguised clones of each other. And yet, many folks seemed to think that these were distinctly different makes of cars.
But–a Corolla looking like a Benz or a Beemer?