The Name Plate of AE86 Trueno
The nameplate Trueno derives from the Spanish word for thunder, and Levin derives from the Middle English for lightning. In Japan, the Sprinter Trueno was exclusive to Toyota Japan dealerships called Toyota Auto Store, while the Corolla Levin was exclusive to Toyota Corolla Store.
- The name AE86 derives from Toyota's internal code during the car's development, designating the 1600 cc RWD model from the fifth generation of the Corolla. In Toyota's code language, the "A" designates the car's engine (4A series), "E" designates Corolla, "8" designates fifth generation (E80 series) and "6" designates the variant within this generation.
- The AE86 is also called the "Hachi-Roku - Japanese for "eight-six". Similarly the AE85 was commonly called "Hachi-Go- meaning "eight-five". Bracketing a minor external facelift, models marketed between 1983–1985 are called "zenki"and those marketed from 1986–1987 are called "kouki" . 
- To mark the end of production, In 1987, Toyota marketed a limited edition model of the AE86 as the "Black Limited" model.