Rumor: Toyota Avalon Hybrid coming in the second half of 2012

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 17, 2012

Speaking at the Automotive News World Congress, the Vice President of Toyota’s Brand Sales in the US, Bob Carter revealed the fact that the Japanese manufacturer is planning a new hybrid model that will hit the U.S. market later this year. This announcement comes after Toyota launched the 2013 Prius C at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, but it appears that the new car will be something different, very different.

According to Mr. Carter, the new hybrid car will be roomier than a Bmw X5, faster than a diesel-powered Volkswagen and will offer a better fuel consumption than the subcompact Fiat 500. For reference, the Fiat 500 has a fuel consumption of around 35 mpg while a Volkswagen Jetta powered by a 2.0-liter TDI engine delivering 140 hits 60 mph (96 km/h) in 8.5 seconds.

The car is further described as “near-luxury”. We don’t know what this means but we do expect more than “standard, but with a leather option”. Moreover, the new car appears to be the new Avalon as it is designed and engineered in the USA.

Still, it could be a brand new model, built in order to help Toyota become world’s largest car manufacturer, a position that it lost back in 2011 in front of General Motors. The new hybrid model will be revealed in the second half of this year.

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