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All-new Avalon signals the dawn of a new era for Toyota?

By SYF77 on 07 Apr 2012

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It looks like Toyota had enough of being criticized for producing bland-looking cars. With the launch of the all new 2013 Avalon sedan at the New York International Auto Show, it has shown the world that the Japanese brand too, can produce cars with a dynamic exterior.

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The new Avalon is designed at Toyota’s Calty design facilities in Southern California. It sports a sloping roofline and a large lower front grille which reminds one of the Peugeot 407. The rear third-quarter view of the car bears resemblance to Citroen’s handsome C5. The brake lights feature LED technology and I personally like the integrated dual exhaust system. Measuring 4960mm (L) x 1835mm (W) x 1460 mm (H), the new model is slightly smaller in all directions as compared to its predecessor.

Moving on to the interior, the dashboard has a simple, Zen-like feel to it and is not cluttered with buttons. The gearbox housing has a modern and compact design while the leather-stitched cup holders next to it certainly bring up the sense of quality. The interior features a multi-information display panel, climate control system, dynamic radar cruise control and a three-zone air conditioning system.

In the new Avalon, Toyota has also improved its chassis to enhance the ride comfort and handling ability. It offers three drive modes, namely normal, Eco and Sport. Toyota did not provide any details on the engine options.

It is a pity that the Avalon is not available locally. I would readily choose it over the 2012 Camry, which has been launched in Singapore recently.

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Written by SYF77
I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.



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Proton_neutron Apr 07 2012 02:48 PM
Even with the ugly looks, it's still kinda popular in the USA!
Renegade777 Apr 08 2012 10:09 AM
If Toyota starts manufacturing good-looking cars across his entire fleet including the Corollas, I think the rest of the motor companies will be in for a hard time. Their cars so "Ah Pek" design already number 2 and sells so well world wide. So, it is fair and good that their cars are not so good looking, therefore allowing more choice and competition.
Renegade777 Apr 08 2012 10:09 AM
If Toyota starts manufacturing good-looking cars across his entire fleet including the Corollas, I think the rest of the motor companies will be in for a hard time. Their cars so "Ah Pek" design already number 2 and sells so well world wide. So, it is fair and good that their cars are not so good looking, therefore allowing more choice and competition.
Jetabout777 Apr 08 2012 11:26 PM
this is so jaguar xj-ish. the front side profile does not seem to be proportionate to the rear profile. toyota's and lexus' designs are all over the place. they don't appear to have gone ahead of the koreans in terms of design. on par at best.
Helloworld99 Apr 09 2012 07:33 AM
The back looks like a copy of the Mercedes E class
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