2013 Toyota Avalon promises to be more fuel-efficient than the Fiat 500

Article by Anita Panait, on February 9, 2012

Expect 19 new models of Toyota vehicles in 2012, including the fuel-efficient Toyota Avalon full-sized sedan, to arrive in November, a dealer attending the annual National Automobile Dealers Association convention revealed. Toyota executives also showed NADA dealers with a picture of the to-be-released Avalon, which the company plans to unveil in April 2012 at the New York auto show. 

According to Toyota executives, the 2013 Avalon boasts of fuel economy as good as, or better, than a Fiat 500, which smokes out a combined 33 mpg in city and highway driving using a five-speed manual transmission. Toyota also showed a picture of a concept fuel cell vehicle, which the company plans to put into production around ten years from now.

Bob Carter, general manager of Toyota Motor Sales USA, revealed that this year, new models will account for 40% of the cars that dealers will receive, compared to just seven percent in 2011.

Carter said the company’s actual sales in the U.S. could reach 13.8 million, surpassing the forecast of 13.6 million, which he described as low. With the company’s production back to normal, following supply problem in 2011, Carter expects Toyota, Lexus and Scion sales to continue to recover in 2012.

The company is still struggling to match demand with supply of some models, including the Tacoma pickup. The company is also changing the production mix of its Camry sedans at its Georgetown, Ky., plant after its SE version received unexpectedly high demand.  Toyota originally expected that the SE would account for only 8% percent of Camry sales, but figures show that the sports version accounted for 40% of the model’s sales.

Sportier and more sophisticated are words that best describe the new 2013 Avalon’s design. With a smoothly flowing curvilinear roofline and an overall lower profile, the 2013 Avalon achieves an agile yet stable, road-hugging stance while its well-sculpted shoulder line creates a linear accent, which nearly runs the length of the car’s side and further contributes to the car’s sporty and athletic silhouette. The exterior character of the new 2013 Avalon exudes a sense of excellence and agility, in consonance with the car’s new design enhancements and greatly improved overall performance capabilities.

The new 2013 Avalon now possesses a more compact yet classy exterior design than its 2012 predecessor without sacrificing interior comfort. Furthermore, the new Avalon’s reduced exterior dimensions have resulted in a more pleasingly interesting and distinct stance for the car. 0.98 of an inch or 25 mm has been shaved off its overall height while 0.59 of an inch or 15 mm has been deducted from the new Avalon’s front overhang and 1.77 inches or 45 mm from its rear overhang. As for the wheel well, 0.27 of an inch or 7 mm has been subtracted from the gap between the tires and the body of the new Avalon.

And to further increase the field of vision of the driver and passengers alike, the vertical side frames of the car’s rear windshield have also been reduced by 1.29 inches or 33 mm. Moreover, the new Avalon’s wheel placement has been widened by 0.39 of an inch or 10mm for the front wheels and by 0.59 of an inch or 15 mm for the rear wheels, thereby contributing to the car’s sportier and more athletic character.

2013 Avalon’s exterior lights are perfect complements to the car’s sporty and expressive design, using the industry’s pioneering Quadrabeam headlight cluster. This headlight system is composed of smart-looking and stylishly sleek double-eye PES headlights with twin square glass condenser lenses, specifically designed to provide impressive and efficient low beam lighting performance.

The PES double-eye headlights can be fitted with halogen and High Intensity Discharge (HID) bulbs. Optional Daytime Running Lights (DRL) are also available, with six superior quality LED bulbs, which further contributes to the appealing and distinct front design of the new Avalon.

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