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Toyota Launches All-New 2013 Avalon with Emotional Styling, Improved Dynamic Performance
Toyota Launches All-New 2013 Avalon with Emotional Styling,
Improved Dynamic Performance
Redesigned Avalon Production Marks 25 Millionth North-American Built Vehicle
Macon, GA – Butler Toyota recently welcomed the all-new, redesigned 2013 Avalon to its showroom while also celebrating a remarkable landmark for its brand– the 25 millionth Toyota vehicle manufactured in North America.
Toyota dramatically altered the Avalon, creating a new sedan that helps shift the product’s generational appeal while symbolizing Toyota’s exciting design and product direction for future sedans. This is also the first Avalon to offer a Hybrid Synergy Drive model with a base price of $35,555. Reduced weight, clean aerodynamics and an efficient Hybrid drivetrain combine to give this sedan a combined 40 mpg EPA-rating (40 city/39 hwy).
The gas-powered Avalon, starting at $30,999, features a powerful, all-aluminum 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to a conventional six-speed automatic transmission that provides competitive acceleration. Estimated 0-to-60 mph time is less than seven seconds.
“The 2013 Avalon showcases Toyota car-building prowess and infuses the Avalon nameplate with new levels of excitement, dynamic capability, and refinement,” said Bill Fay, Group Vice President and General Manager Toyota Division.
The Avalon – which is being described as a radically new drive, elegant and sporty and sculpted by artists – combines passionate styling, innovation, and an elevated level of craftsmanship to help reposition Toyota’s flagship sedan within the highly competitive premium mid-size segment. It offers a long list of convenient, user-friendly technologies one would expect with the Toyota brand’s flagship sedan, in addition to special features that enhance the car’s functionality, capability and the level of safety.
Although Toyota has been manufacturing vehicles in North America for 26 years and has celebrated 10 years of Camry as America’s #1 selling car, the 2013 redesigned Avalon is the first Toyota vehicle to be completely designed, engineered and built in North America.
The milestone 25 millionth North-American built Toyota– a Classic Silver Hybrid Avalon – recently produced at the company’s Kentucky manufacturing plant, represents a direct investment of nearly $24 billion in North American operations over nearly three decades and 365,000 jobs created in the United States.
“This is a pivotal time in Toyota’s history,” said Wil James, president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc., the company’s largest manufacturing operation in North America. “What better way to cap off 26 years of manufacturing excellence than with the all-new Kentucky-built Avalon, a shining example of what our customers have to look forward to in the future.”
Toyota’s North American production includes 12 models representing 70 percent of U.S. sales.
“We thank the millions of customers, some of the finest team members in the world, hundreds of excellent North American suppliers and our outstanding dealers who have supported us in reaching this milestone,” said Bill Fay, Group Vice President and General Manager, Toyota Division, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
Click here (http://pressroom.toyota.com/album_display.cfm?album_id=80…) to download high-resolution photos of the 2013 Avalon.
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December 3, 2012 Leave a comment
All New Look
Gone is the gawky look of the third-generation RAV4; in its place is a cleaner design more in line with Toyota’s current portfolio. That’s not to say that the new RAV4 is prettier than the outgoing model, but the overall aesthetic is more coherent and generally inoffensive. It will look quite familiar to Japanese and European Toyota buyers, as the 2013 RAV4 recalls the recently-released Auris hatchback sold overseas. The most controversial aspect of the redesigned crossover is the front end: it looks as though Toyota tried to butch-up the Camry’s nose, but instead come away with a face that looks sort of like an Angry Birds character with an overbite. The Toyota emblem sits front and center on a triangular-shaped, body-color plastic piece in the middle of a slim black grille; the fake rubber skid plate comes about halfway up the front fascia in an attempt to make this soft roader look more trail-ready. The projector-beam headlights carry over a shape as seen on the Camry and 2013 Avalon and come with LED daytime running lights. Foglights and heated exterior mirrors with turn signal repeaters are standard on the XLE and Limited models.
A New, Yet Familiar Cabin
Anyone who has been in the current RAV4 will find themselves right at home in the 2013 RAV4. The new car is a clear evolution of the same theme, from the high-mounted audio controls, to the climate control “shelf,” to the large circular speedometer. A 6.1-inch LCD Multi-Information Display (MID) touchscreen is now standard on all RAV4 models, along with a backup camera and Bluetooth connectivity. XLE- and Limited-grade vehicles add the option of navigation and Toyota’s Entune infotainment system; an 11-speaker JBL sound system is option on Limited models. The steering wheel from the Camry and Avalon makes an appearance in the RAV4, as well; there are steering-wheel-mounted controls for the audio system, Bluetooth handsfree, and the MID. Toyota claims that the Clear Blue illumination on the gauges and center stack will provide crisp and clear visibility for the controls. Also new for 2013 is the availability of a blind spot monitor system (BSM) for the RAV4 Limited. The BSM system also includes rear cross traffic alert, to detect an oncoming vehicle when the car is in reverse.
Toyota will again offer the RAV4 in three trim levels; however, they are now more in line with the rest of the brand building in ascending order from LE to XLE to Limited. Gone is the range-topping 3.5-liter V-6 engine and its five-speed automatic; also missing from the spec sheet is the old four-speed auto. The only powertrain is the 2.5-liter I-4 from last year rated at 176 hp (down two) and 172 lb-ft of torque; the four-cylinder is paired with a new six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional. Compared to the rest of the class, the I-4 is one of the most powerful base engines, trailing the Honda CR-V’s 2.4-liter by four hp and matching the Kia Sportage’s 2.4-liter. However, the 2013 RAV4 is down by anywhere from two hp (from the Ford Escape 1.6 EcoBoost) to 84 hp (from the Kia Sportage Turbo) when compared to the competition’s strongest engines since it doesn’t offer an optional engine upgrade. The RAV4 makes up for the lack of extra power by adding extra miles -the front-wheel drive RAV4 will achieve 24/31 mpg city/highway, the second-best mpg rating of any automatic-equipped compact crossover. Only the Mazda CX-5 tops the RAV4 in frugality: it is rated at 26/35 mpg with a manual or 26/32 or 25/31 mpg with an automatic (front- or all-wheel drive). All-wheel drive RAV4s are rated at 22/29 mpg.
Ready for Off Road
All-wheel drive-equipped RAV4s now use a Dynamic Torque Control system with three modes – auto, lock, and sport. Auto does exactly what the name says: torque is sent to the wheels with grip automatically, and power is only sent rearward when it is needed. Sport mode can provide up to 50 percent of the torque to the rear wheels under acceleration and cornering, as well as during traction loss. The new six-speed automatic also has a sport mode which will sharpen shift action and timing, quicken throttle response, and add weight to the electric power steering assist. Lock mode will be interesting for those who want to take their RAV4s for more than a little light off-roading. At speeds below 25 mph, torque is split 50/50 between the front and rear axles to aid in finding traction in sandy or muddy conditions.
Ready Next Year
Pricing has not been announced yet for the 2013 Toyota RAV4, but the 2012 RAV4 starts at $23,495 including destination. A fully-loaded all-wheel-drive 2012 RAV4 Limited I-4 rings in at $30,985. The 2013 RAV4 goes on sale at the beginning of 2013
November 14, 2012 Leave a comment
Go ahead son, pull the trigger. Is it a selfish act? Probably so, but then it is a Scion FRS.
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October 24, 2012 Leave a comment
Seems that most people these days live very busy lives. With second jobs, dishes to do, homework, kids to bed, everyone’s time is maxed out.
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October 19, 2012 Leave a comment
The latest teen driving statistics are alarming. During the first month of driving unsupervised, teens are 50% more likely to crash than after a full year of driving. According to the Centers for Disease Control, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens, accounting for more than one in three deaths in this age group.
Toyota has teamed up with the Discovery Channel to create an interactive webspace to address teen driving safety issues,
Toyotateendriver.com is a comprehensive website designed to help teens avoid distractions, and offers tools, resources and competitions for educators, teens and parents. Use the resources available at ToyotaTeenDriver.com to ensure that your teen understand the risks of distracted driving and the decisions they need to help make them stay safe. You have the power to initiate conversations that your teen will remember when it matters most.