Spilling the Beans: Toyota Tells Dealers New Avalon and 18 New Models on the Way

By Trevor Dorchies | February 07, 2012
Toyota has big plans for 2013, and aims to introduce 19 new Toyota, Lexus, and Scion models to the market, including the 2013 Toyota Avalon. We've heard rumblings about Toyota's premium sedan for several months now, that a radical redesign is on the horizon. This news, and more, was unveiled last weekend in Las Vegas as the world's most prominent brands gathered for the annual National Automobile Dealers Association convention. While some auto makers came with little new information, Toyota wasn't one of them, spilling the beans that its retooled and more fuel-efficient 2013 Toyota Avalon will be more fuel efficient than a Fiat 500, which is currently rated at 33 mpg combined when mated with a five-speed manual transmission. Dealers even got to see a picture of the 2013 Toyota Avalon and were told that the full-size sedan would be officially unveiled at the New York Auto Show later this year. Bob Carter, general manager of Toyota Motor Sales USA, made it clear that 40 percent of the Japanese auto maker's volume will come from new models next year compared to the seven percent seen in 2011. Carter also thinks forecasted sales for Toyota in the U.S. this year are a little low at 13.6 million. He expects sales figures to be closer in the 13.8 million neighborhood--a triumphant year by any means.
This optimistic forecast comes from the assurance of production levels being back to their normal capacity. Last March, a devastating earthquake and tsunami ravaged the island of Japan constricting Toyota and many other Japanese auto maker's supplies, some of which haven't completely recovered. One model that is still catching back up to normal production is the Toyota Tacoma, though Toyota expects it to be back to normal throughout the rest of 2012. What do you think? Do you believe the 2013 Toyota Avalon will be as radical as Toyota says it is, or will it amount to a more conservative reflash, like the latest Toyota Camry? And, how will the 2013 Avalon have better fuel economy than a tiny Fiat 500? Will it have hybrid or plug-in hybrid power?  And what of the other 18 new models? We already know about the redesigned 2013 Lexus GS sports touring sedan and the Scion FR-S sports coupe, but will we finally get a new and relevant compact champion in the next Corolla? Which redesigned Toyota models are you most looking forward to? Source: Detroit Free Press