2012 New York Auto Show
Toyota went to great lengths to portray the all-new 2013 Toyota Avalon as an American sedan. It was designed in California, engineered in Michigan and 90 percent of its parts will come from North America.
Toyota also pitched this Avalon's styling as a major selling point. Bob Carter, head of Toyota in the U.S., even went so far as to say it's the most beautiful Toyota he's seen in 20 years. Kinda makes us wonder what came out in 1992 that he loved so much.
Although Toyota didn't release full specs on this new sedan, it went so far as to say that it still rides on a front-wheel-drive platform with a 111-inch wheelbase. The overall length is down slightly versus the current model, while the roof is lower and the tracks are wider. Interior room is up slightly thanks to seats with a greater range of adjustment and better packaging of the sunroof. Even the trunk is slightly larger, although the rear overhang is shorter. Toyota officials were also eager to point out this Avalon's various upscale features, like a hand-sewn steering wheel cover, ambient accent lighting and optional heated and cooled seats.
More info will be revealed later this spring, while the car is expected to go on sale in December of this year.