Category: Toyota

Science Sells: Toyota Teaches Physics in New Web Campaign

August 16, 2012 lacarguy Hybrid Vehicles, Toyota Tags: , , , 0 Comments

by Zach McDonald –

Last year, a study by AutoPacific found that about 70 percent of Prius drivers have a college education, which probably comes as little surprise to anyone who’s ever listened to a hybrid owner proudly describe the inner workings of his car’s regenerative braking system. Indeed, at least in its early years, the Prius came to develop a bit of a reputation as a “geek-mobile,” which is what GM Chairman Dan Akerson derided it as several years ago. (Perhaps the Prius line’s recent climb to the become world’s third best-selling platform serves to confirm that “the geeks shall inherit the earth.”)

For its part, Toyota is more than happy to sit at the nerd table. The company has already featured famous eco-geek Bill Nye in internet advertising supporting the releasing of the Prius c, and sponsors the sustainable technology section of the “How Stuff Works” website. Recently, the carmaker released a series of promos posted on “How Stuff Works” featuring the host of a Discovery Channel show of the same name, which was inspired by the site.

Over the course of five relatively short videos, host Ben Bowlin uses the Prius v wagon to illustrate simple physical concepts like mass and the four states of matter. The spots are light-hearted and probably best suited for younger Prius fans, with Bowlin exploring such scientifically dubious questions as “how many plasma screen televisions can fit into the Prius v’s cargo area?”

For those interested in a little more substance, “How Stuff Works” does have articles explaining the mechanics behind the Prius, the relationship between horsepower and fuel economy, and hybrid vehicle design.

The Prius v’s expanded cargo area makes it an ideal fit for many families who held out on buying the Prius liftback because it didn’t meet their storage needs. Though these “How Stuff Works” video science lessons are unlikely to teach potential Prius v owners much they didn’t already know, maybe they’ll help to get the kids a little more excited for a hybrid-powered trip to grandma’s.

Introducing the 2013 RAV4 EV

August 15, 2012 lacarguy Toyota Tags: , , , , 0 Comments

Electric vehicle technology is moving at a very fast pace which means there may be an EV in your very near future. Auto manufacturers are working hard to meet the requirements of the California Environmental Protection Agency Air Resources Board’s (CARB) zero-emissions vehicle program. Toyota delivers its contribution with the 2013 RAV4 EV which is the product of a collaborative effort with Tesla Motors.

Toyota Motor Corporation’s president, Akio Toyoda and Tesla’s chairman, product architect and CEO, Elon Musk decided that their companies should develop an electric vehicle together. In order to fast track the process, rather than build a vehicle from scratch, they decided to use the existing RAV4 platform. Engineers at Toyota took the lead and the end result is an all-electric SUV with a motor based on the system in the Tesla Model S sedan.

A restyled front bumper, upper and lower grill, side mirrors, rear spoiler and an underbody designed the optimize airflow produces a lower coefficient of drag and low center of gravity. As a result, the 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV has an exceptionally smooth, quiet ride, and comfortable handling. Two drive modes are available: Normal and Sport. Sport mode accelerates the RAV4 EV from 0 to 60 mph in just 7 seconds before topping out at 100 mph. Normal drive mode achieves a 0 to 60 mph in 8.6 seconds with a maximum track speed of 85 mph. Max output from the electric powertrain is 154 horsepower (115 kW).

There are two options to charge the RAV4 EV. In standard mode, which is designed to optimize battery life, the battery charges up to 35 kWh and the EPA-estimated driving range rating is 92 miles. Extended mode allows the battery to fully charge to a capacity of 41.8 kWh, resulting in an anticipated EPA-estimated driving range of 113 mph. To help optimize EV range, Toyota designed the climate control system with three modes which sets a balance between driver comfort and EV driving range. In NORMAL mode, the climate control system mimics a conventional vehicle which maximizes passenger comfort and in turn, reduces the EV range. ECO LO mode achieves the balance between cabin comfort and improved range through reduced power consumption of the blower, compressor, and/or electric heater. ECO HI further reduces blower, compressor and heater levels, offering up to 40 percent power reduction compared to NORMAL.

In addition, the unique Toyota/Tesla designed regenerative braking system works to maximize the vehicle’s kinetic energy loss and converts it to electric energy, which recharges the battery and extends driving range. The addition of cooperative regenerative braking increases driving range by up to 20 percent.

The RAV4 EV incorporates a number of unique safety features in addition to what is found in the conventional RAV4. The battery modules are encased in a structural pack surrounded by a four-sided extruded aluminum enclosure. Large aluminum rocker extrusions act as a structural attachment between the enclosure and the body as well as provide further impact protection. In addition, the chassis is specially designed to help protect the battery and inverter assemblies in the event of a collision. A rigid inverter protection brace bridges the gap between the body front cross member and the front suspension member to mitigate inverter damage by keeping the two members at a set distance from each other during a frontal crash. Special steel ramps built into the front of the undercarriage serve to deflect intrusion into the battery enclosure. In a rear impact, the battery’s rear mounting brackets can separate the battery from the body further protecting the battery enclosure from intrusion.

“A prime design target for all Toyota, Lexus and Scion vehicles featuring traction batteries is to maintain battery structural integrity and electrical isolation internal to the battery,” said Sheldon Brown, executive program manager for Toyota Engineering and Manufacturing North America. “The RAV4 EV battery and chassis are designed as a system to protect against battery ‘isolation loss’ during a crash, meaning the electrical energy is completely contained within the battery preventing any conductive path to the vehicle body. Electrical components and chassis are designed as a system to protect occupants, first responders and the battery pack itself.”

The RAV4 EV will go on sale in late summer 2012 through select California dealers, focusing on major metropolitan markets. Service for the RAV4 EV will only be available at these authorized RAV4 EV dealers.  Sales volume is planned for approximately 2,600 units through 2014. The battery is warrantied for eight years or 100,000 miles.

The RAV4 EV is expected to qualify for a $2,500 rebate through the Clean Vehicle Rebate Program in California and also is eligible for a $7,500 Federal Tax Credit. The vehicle will qualify for the California High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane white sticker program.

“We believe that the RAV4 EV will attract sophisticated early technology adopters, much like the first-generation Prius,” said Bill Fay, Toyota division group vice president and general manager. “It’s designed for consumers who prioritize the environment and appreciate performance. We look forward to seeing how the market responds.”

TMC Worldwide Cumulative Vehicle Production Passes 200 Million Mark

July 26, 2012 lacarguy Toyota Tags: , , , , 0 Comments

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announced that in June, its worldwide cumulative vehicle production surpassed 200 million units.

This milestone began with production of the Model G1 truck in August 1935 at Toyoda Automatic Loom Works, Ltd.’s Automotive Department, which was spun off and later became TMC. As of the end of June, cumulative production in Japan totaled 145.21 million vehicles and overseas production totaled 55.12 million vehicles.

Marking the achievement, TMC President Akio Toyoda said: “I wish to express my heartfelt appreciation to our customers the world over who made it possible for us to reach this milestone. I also have the most profound respect and gratitude for the efforts of all persons who were involved in developing, manufacturing, and marketing Toyota and Lexus vehicles over the years. We are determined to make our cars even better, to continue to give our customers the best possible product. This is the common goal of our 300,000 Toyota staff members worldwide.”

The most-produced model among Toyota-brand vehicles is the Corolla, of which the 11th generation was launched in Japan on May 11, 2012. Cumulative worldwide Corolla production totaled 39.08 million units as of the end of June.

Options for Gas and Hybrid Powertrains Available for the All-New 2013 Toyota Avalon

July 5, 2012 lacarguy Toyota Tags: , , , , , , 1 Comment

Originally unveiled at the New York Auto Show earlier this year, the all-new Toyota Avalon features a stunning design, greater refinement, and a highly spacious interior with a variety of convenience technologies. Along with its new, compact dimensions and lighter curbweight, the Avalon will be available in two main trims: one powered by a V6 gasoline powertrain and another by Toyota’s proven Hybrid Synergy Drive.

The 2013 Avalon will feature a 3.5-liter, DOHC V6 engine that produces 268 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque. Coupled with a six-speed automatic transaxle, which has been enhanced to offer more responsive and efficient performance, the result is the new sedan is propelled from 0 to 60 mph in under seven seconds. Also available are unique drives modes in ECO, NORMAL, and SPORT. The V6-powered 2013 Avalon achieves an EPA-rated 21 mpg city, 31 mpg highway and a combined 25 mpg.

The Avalon Hybrid features the 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle, four-cylinder engine, a 244.8-volt nickel-metal hydride battery pack, and a pair of electric motor/generators within the transaxle which results in a total system output of 200 horsepower. The powertrain has been updated with three unique drive modes: EV, ECO and SPORT. EV mode can be engaged, provided other conditions are correct, for up to one mile at speeds up to 25 mph, providing an all-electric option that is convenient in residential areas or parking garages. With the new hybrid model, the all-new premium mid-sized sedan will achieve an EPA-rated fuel economy rating of 40 mpg city, 39 mpg highway and 40 mpg combined.

The vehicle’s stylish design was executed entirely by Toyota’s Calty Design operation in California and Michigan; and the all-American theme continues as the vehicle will be assembled in Toyota’s Georgetown, Kentucky, facility. Steeper angles of the windshield and rear window, shorter front and rear overhangs, a lower beltline, plus a 1-inch reduction in height, altogether creates a sleeker, more refined look. The Avalon’s stance has been made to look more aggressive thanks to its big two-tiered grille and modestly expanded track width at 62.6 inches in the front and 62.2 inches in the rear.

In addition to a more appealing exterior, the Avalon is bolstered by improved structural rigidity with extensive spot-welding in the assembly process, as well as increased use of high-strength steel. A benefit with the use of high-strength steel is reduced weight. As a result, the Avalon’s minimum curb weight is 3,497 pounds, which is down almost 120 pounds compared to its predecessor.

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Toyota Camry Claims Top Spot on’s American-Made Index

July 3, 2012 lacarguy Toyota Tags: , , , , , , , 0 Comments

When you think of the most “American” vehicle, the first thing that comes to mind might be a pickup truck but you’d be wrong! The most “American” vehicle is the Toyota Camry, built right here in the United States and with the most U.S. sourced parts than any other car sold in America. For the fourth consecutive year, America’s best-selling car for 10 years running and 14 of the past 15 years, the Toyota Camry tops the annual American-Made Index.

There’s no easy way to determine just how American a car is. Many cars built in the U.S. are assembled using parts that come from across the globe. Some vehicles assembled in the U.S. using mainly American-made parts have low sales volumes which in turn means fewer Americans are employed to build them. The Index is an annual ranking of vehicles deemed most American based on domestic parts content, final assembly of vehicles, and American sales volume. The Toyota Camry is assembled at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky (TMMK) in Georgetown, Ky., and at the Subaru of Indiana Automotive (SIA) plant in Lafayette, Ind.

There were also more Toyota models than any other nameplate in the American-Made Index Top 10. The Sienna ranked fourth to lead all minivans and the Tundra full-size pickup ranked seventh. The Sienna is assembled at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana in Princeton and the Tundra is built at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texax in San Antonio

Want to find out more about these most American vehicles: Camry, Sienna or Tundra? Drop by Toyota of Hollywood or Toyota Santa Monica and our sales consultants will help you determine the best vehicle to suit your needs. Contact us today to book at test drive to experience these vehicles for yourself!

Lexus Highest-Ranked Brand for Second Consecutive Year in J.D. Power Initial Quality Study

June 22, 2012 lacarguy Lexus, Toyota Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

The J.D. Power Initial Quality Study, a touchstone for the industry’s current successes and failures in new-car design and production, has just released the results of its 2012 Initial Quality Study (IQS). Lexus was the highest-ranked brand for the second year in a row with the fewest problems per 100 vehicles. The brand was followed by two other luxury manufacturers, Jaguar and Porsche, which tied for second place. Cadillac and Honda rounded out the top five.

According to the study, as the North American automotive industry continues to recover, vehicle manufacturers post the strongest improvement in initial quality since 2009 and are producing higher-quality vehicles than ever before. Still, quality was hurt by widespread glitches in technology such as touch-screen controls and voice-recognition software, said David Sargent, vice president of global automotive at J.D. Power and Associates.

As manufacturers introduce increasingly sophisticated multimedia systems designed to enhance the ownership experience, owners more frequently cite these systems as a source of quality problems. For the first time in the 26-year history of the study, owners report more problems related to audio, entertainment, and navigation systems than in any other vehicle area. This is driven in part by a rapid increase in the fitment of new technology, such as voice recognition on mainstream models.

“Until recently, this type of sophisticated technology was found primarily on high-end models” said Sargent,  “However, over the past few years it has rapidly found its way into the automotive mainstream. For example, in 2012, more than 80 percent of owners indicate that their new vehicle has some form of hands-free technology.”

Toyota and Lexus vehicles captured five segment awards (Yaris, Corolla, ES 350, LS and RX) and five Toyota manufacturing facilities in Japan and North America won plant awards, including one Gold, in the 2012 Initial Quality Study (IQS), more than any other automaker in both categories.

The study also found:

  • Toyota has fewer problems than the premium brands industry average;
  • 15 Toyota, Lexus, and Scion models ranked in the top three of the segments they compete in;
  • Corolla is the highest performing non-premium model, it also ranks fifth overall;
  • The all-new Prius v garnered second place in a closely contested segment; and
  • The redesigned Camry scores even better than last year’s model

“We are very pleased with this year’s Initial Quality Study honors”, said Ray Tanguay, Senior Vice President and Chief Quality Officer Toyota Motor North America, Inc. “These accolades echo our enduring commitment to quality, value, and customer satisfaction”.

Audi Hybrids Win the Day at Le Mans

June 21, 2012 lacarguy Audi, Toyota Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

by Zach McDonald –

For the first time ever, a hybrid has won the grueling 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race, which took place last weekend at the famed Circuit de la Sarthe in Le Mans, France. A pair of Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro cars finished in first and second place, and two diesel-powered Audi R18s finished third and fifth.

To win at Le Mans requires a rare mix of speed, handling and fuel economy, making it an ideal stage for hybrids to break into premier motorsports. For more than a decade, Audi has dominated the race- winning 11 of the last 13 contests-and the last six of those wins have come with the help of the carmaker’s diesel TDI technology. But this year, for the first time, the rules were changed to allow hybrids to compete for the top prize, which opened the door for Toyota to bring its market-leading gas-electric technology to the race, with a chance to break Audi’s iron grip on the event.

This weekend marked the first time the Toyota TS030 hybrid had ever competed in an event, and the car had only been testing on the track for five months prior to the Le Mans event. Toyota publicly downplayed its ambitions for 2012, saying it did not expect to win right away. Still, with hybrids expected to carry the day under the new rules changes and Toyota such dominant force in the consumer gas-electric market, some had hoped that the team might be able to at least give Audi a run for its money in this year’s race.

But the two Toyota hybrids were met with some bad fortune early on, with one of the TS030s having to be towed following a severe accident and the other falling back from the front of the pack after damage sustained during a brush with another car. Neither car was able to finish the race.

Still, the 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans will go down as an important day for green motorsports. Not only did two diesel hybrids carry the day, but the field included multiple hybrid entrants that were in contention at various points in the race. Indeed, it would seem after this year’s race that entering a hybrid drivetrain is more than just a good public relations move at Le Mans-it may very well be a requirement for having any chance at winning the race.

Toyota Tests Vehicle-to-Home Technology

June 7, 2012 lacarguy, Plugin Hybrid Vehicles, Toyota Tags: , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

Toyota has announced the development of a new vehicle-to-grid-like setup capable of sharing power between plug-in vehicles like the Prius Plug-in or RAV4 EV, and a home. The vehicle-to-home system (or V2H as the carmaker is calling it,) can cycle energy from an EV or PHEV into the home during periods of outage or to balance out the power load during peak hours of energy usage. The system will begin testing in ten Japanese households by the end of the year.

Toyota says the technology is being developed as part of the “ToyotaCity Low-Carbon Verification Project” it started two years ago, partnering the carmaker with 19 other companies in an effort to help households and cities optimize their energy management, with the overall goal of reduced CO2 emissions. Vehicle-to-home and other energy-balancing systems require a means to build up and store energy during times of lower usage so that it can be used later, when there is more demand and utilities tend to charge more for power. Plug-in vehicle batteries have long been identified as potential sites for this kind of energy storage, and in recent years a wide array of carmakers and charging station manufacturers have announced plans to develop such systems.

In addition to helping utilities avoid strain on the grid (and the environment,) V2H benefits electric vehicle owners in several ways. Most attractively, it helps to lower overall utility costs by diverting peak usage to off-peak hours, when electricity is cheaper. Those savings can help to offset the added cost of an electric vehicle battery pack by providing multiple uses for the pack. During emergency situations or when power is scarce or unavailable, V2H can also allow a plug-in owner to power his or her home for anywhere from a few hours to a few days depending upon the kind of vehicle.

Plug-in hybrids like the Prius Plug-in are particularly useful in this situation, because their engines can act as generators, converting gasoline to much-needed electricity. According to Toyota, a fully charged Prius Plug-in with a full tank of gas can power the average Japanese home for up to 4 days.

Toyota Aims For North American Prius Production by 2015

May 4, 2012 lacarguy Green Auto Technology,, Toyota Tags: , , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

by: Zack McDonald –

Toyota says it has plans to begin manufacturing the Prius in the United States for the first time. Last year, the carmaker recorded its 1 millionth Prius sale in the U.S., and despite supply shortfalls in the aftermath of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, sold more than 136,000 Prii here for the full year. By 2015, the company expects annual North American Prius sales to reach 200,000 units, with total North American hybrid sales projected to hit 400,000 vehicles by that time.

Toyota executive, Koei Saga, told Auto News this week that the carmaker is currently scouting potential North American suppliers. “We are targeting 2015,” said Saga. “Around then we will probably introduce the next-generation Prius, so we are trying our hardest to realize local production of hybrid units then.”

The shift will hopefully spell the end of the dreaded Prius waiting list for American customers, a phenomenon that has been present during all the more major recent oil spikes in the U.S. Being able to meet demand when it is at its highest is one of the main reasons that Toyota started talking about adding production flexibility to the Prius line last year. Another reason is an overall desire on the part of the company to avoid the major losses suffered across the Japanese auto industry as a result of last year’s earthquake, which caused the carmaker to report its first quarterly loss in more than two years, and sent executives searching for ways to diversify their supply chains.

It’s been a long time since the Prius was a niche vehicle spotted mainly in California’s more liberal enclaves, and Toyota can no longer afford to lose potential sales to competing hybrids during production shortfalls. With the expansion of the platform to include not only the standard Prius but also the larger Prius v, the compact Prius c, and the Prius Plug-in, Toyota plans to make the Prius the best-selling vehicle platform in the world in the coming years.

Saga also told Auto News that Toyota plans to stick with nickel metal hydride batteries for the next generation Prius, despite moves by competitors to switch their hybrids to lithium ion. Still, the company says it could begin lithium ion battery production here in the United States to supply the Prius Plug-in and eventually other plug-in vehicle offerings.

The Sensational New 2013 Toyota Avalon Makes World Debut at the 2012 New York International Auto Show

April 5, 2012 lacarguy Toyota Tags: , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. revealed the all-new 2013 Avalon premium mid-size sedan today at the 2012 New York International Auto Show. The new Avalon is re-conceived for the premium mid-size sedan segment with a progressive and emotionally styled exterior design.

When it arrives to dealerships late this year, the new Avalon will offer improved dynamic performance, a greater degree of refinement, and a highly spacious, comfortable interior experience with an abundance of outstanding convenience technologies.

The new 2013 Avalon is the result of a North American-focused design and engineering effort. The new sedan’s dramatic exterior and interior design was conceived by a youthful and talented team at the Calty Design Research Inc. facilities in Southern California and Michigan. The car’s engineering development was principally led by a passionate and dedicated group based at Toyota Technical Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. Continuing a North American focused theme, the 2013 Avalon will be assembled at Toyota’s facility in Georgetown, Ky. True to the future product mission set forth by Toyota Motor Corporation President, Akio Toyoda, the new Avalon’s more stylish, bold, sporty exterior design and luxurious interior styling are matched by an enhanced dynamic package, a combination that foreshadows the more compelling and passionate nature of future Toyota products.

Enhanced Avalon Dynamics
In addition to its stunning design, numerous structural and chassis improvements were made to the new Avalon to enhance the ride quality, straight-line stability and handling. The body structure gains improvements in torsional rigidity thanks to additional and strategically placed welds, improved body bracing, and high-strength steel in key areas in order to provide a stiffer chassis and optimize suspension performance. The new Avalon suspension relies on MacPherson struts with advanced valving and rebound springs to balance handling and agility with ride comfort. Coil spring rate and front and rear sway bar stiffness was increased from the current model to help improve body control and body roll. The Avalon’s electric power steering (EPS) system has been tuned to help deliver enhanced controllability and vehicle agility while also realizing superior linear stability.

The new Avalon offers three distinct drive modes that help tailor dynamic performance to the driver’s needs. The drive modes – Normal, Eco, and Sport -are made available through driver-selectable switches. In Sport mode, throttle response is enhanced and steering effort is weighted from center to offer a sportier character. Eco changes throttle response and A/C power usage to help improve fuel economy. Steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters help provide a sportier drive while in the D or S Mode, where the revised throttle helps improve shift response to help maximize engine power and vehicle performance.

Dynamic Exterior Styling
The new Avalon’s dynamic exterior styling defines a sleek and expressive profile that helps communicate a sense of motion for the vehicle even when it is at rest. The beltline has been lowered to accentuate a strong stance. Compared to its predecessor, the new Avalon is a bit more compact yet displays better proportions with a longer, sloping roofline, flared front fenders, and reduced front and rear overhangs, lower vehicle height, and reduced body-to-tire gap. New 17-inch and 18-inch alloy wheel and tire combinations fill the wheel well to enhance the vehicle’s dynamic exterior expression.

Key exterior design elements include the square Double-eye PES (Projector Ellipsoid System) headlamps with HID (High-Intensity Discharge)and elegant DRL (Daytime Running Lights) feature available that provide excellent night time visibility while helping define a narrower, more taut and muscular exterior expression. A wider, more assertive grille design provides a bolder front perspective. At the rear, high-performance LED combination tail lamps are adopted which are more integrated with the revised rear-body styling. The dual rear tailpipe outlets further the more cohesive design theme.

Modern Interior Experience
Design elements enhancing comfort, convenience and technology help create the luxurious experience that will prove tempting to buyers of the next Avalon. The 2013 Avalon offers a modern, spacious, premium interior highlighted by abundant rear seat legroom, while featuring a myriad of available features. Beyond mere dimensions, the new Avalon’s interior design enhances the cabin’s sense of spaciousness and comfort. The front seat’s hip point has been lowered by 10 millimeters (0.4 inches) to help create improved headroom. The new power front seat design with increased side bolstering is more supportive and offers an expanded range of downward adjustment. In addition, the structural components of the sunroof and the headliner design have been optimized to help increase the cabin’s roominess. A concave dash panel design, located in front of the passenger, helps create an expansive feeling. While the rear overhang has been reduced by 1.7 inches, the luggage compartment capacity is 16.0 cubic feet, an increase of 1.6 cubic feet as compared to the outgoing model.

The Avalon’s premium interior attains a high level of refinement by reducing wind, engine and road noise inside the cabin. The resultant interior is even significantly quieter and more comfortable than the current Avalon and it creates an ideal environment to enjoy conversation, music or Toyota’s available multimedia system, EntuneTM. Sound absorbing materials have been strategically placed around the cabin and body structure while not inhibiting a reduction in overall vehicle weight. The windshield and front side-glass panels utilize acoustic glass that helps control sound intrusion into the cabin. Reductions in wind noise have been realized by optimizing exterior shape, specifically cowl and louver sealing, outer mirror shape and position, and wiper-blade position, which have all been developed to dramatically reduce wind noise generation. Exterior gaps and steps have also been minimized to reduce wind noise around the door glass areas.

The new Avalon’s interior utilizes premium materials and a high degree of craftsmanship to offer an upscale experience. Rich, supple leather trims the steering wheel, shift knob, and seat upholstery helping add visual and tactile appeal. Hand-crafted, decorative stitching is adopted for the steering wheel, and soft-touch materials on the dash panel and door trim elevate the vehicle’s sense of tactile luxury. Smoked chrome-metallic accents are applied to the instrument panel, center console, door panel, and steering wheel surfaces to help add distinction and exceptional feel. Available push-button controlled soft white ambient lighting illuminates key regions of the interior to help convey the sense of luxury. The new Avalon’s center console includes a convenient console tray that is ideal for the storage of electronic hand held devices. The new Avalon’s console area is equipped with a USB port, AUX input terminal and three 12-volt power outlets to help facilitate device interface and charging.

The new Avalon will offer innovative technologies such as advanced capacitive touch switches with positioning and sensitivity that makes them ideal for vehicle system controls. Other premium in-car technologies include three color display screens that support the multi-information display, the audio/navigation interface, and the climate control panel. An easy to use Display Audio system with 6.1 inch touchscreen is standard on the new Avalon; while a JBL Synthesis Premium Audio system, HDD Premium Navigation with 7” screen, dynamic radar cruise control, heated and cooled front
seats, heated rear seats, and a three-zone air conditioning system are also on the list of available features and equipment.

Like all Toyota models, the new Avalon will feature Toyota’s Star Safety SystemTM standard, which includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist, and Smart Stop Technology brake-override system.
The new Avalon helps to prioritize occupant safety with a best-in-class10 airbags system. A Pre-collision system is also available that is designed to “sense” an impending frontal collision and can help mitigate damage. A variable ratio brake pedal is adopted that varies the initial and final pedal effort ratios to help realize excellent brake pedal feel.

In addition to a rearview monitor, Avalon offers an available Blind Spot Monitoring system which is designed to help detect vehicles behind the outer mirrors and to help alert drivers in addition to a new Rear Cross Traffic Alert system (RCTA) that can alert drivers of cross traffic when they are backing up.

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