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.