Toyota Announces 2013 Avalon Hybrid

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Back in April when Toyota unveiled the newly redesigned 2013 Avalon, not much except the overall design was really talked about, until now.  For the first time ever, Toyota customers can now opt for a hybrid powertrain on their Avalon sedan.  While the fact that Toyota is adding Hybrid Synergy Drive to any of its product offerings comes as absolutely no surprise (except maybe if they offered a hybrid FJ Cruiser), what’s surprising is the fuel economy – 40 MPG City / 39 MPG Highway – which is incredible for such a large sedan to achieve.  Also substantiating the availability of a hybrid powertrain on the Avalon is the fact that the new 2013 Lexus ES 300h uses the same system and the same platform.

As with all Toyota vehicles equipped with Hybrid Synergy Drive, the Avalon features EV, ECO, and SPORT modes.  Under ideal conditions, the Avalon can travel at speeds up to 25 mph for up to approximately one mile under battery power alone.  With a total system output of 200 horsepower, the Avalon Hybrid offers plenty of power to make any commute a breeze without any drawbacks.

The Avalon and Avalon Hybrid are expected in showrooms by the end of 2012.

Source – Toyota USA Newsroom
Photo Credit – Toyota USA Newsroom

The 2012 Toyota Prius c Debuts In Detroit – Coming This March

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Credit: ToyotaWhile news and other information has been available on the Toyota Prius c in Japan (aka the Aqua), no official information had been released about the North American version – until today.  The Toyota Prius c will offer buyers shopping the subcompact segment a unique choice that offers them unparalleled fuel economy with a combined estimated 50 mpg and enough space for five adults and their stuff with a starting price that’s reported to be south of $19,000.  Sounds like a real winner, but the more you read about the Prius c, the sweeter it gets.

The Prius c is more than just a subcompact car – it’s packed with premium features, like a standard 3.5-inch TFT multi-information display, a USB port for iPod®/MP3 player connectivity, hands-free calling, and an available Display Audio system with Navigation and Toyota’s exclusive Entune™.  And it’s certainly a subcompact, with an overall length that’s approximately 19 inches shorter than the Prius, a height that’s about two inches shorter, and also two inches less in width than the regular Prius.  The biggest (and most pleasant) surprise is its weight, which tips the scales at only 2500 lbs. – over 500 lbs. less than the standard Prius, which certainly helps it be more efficient, but more importantly – more fun to drive.

However, with the reduced weight comes reduced horsepower.  We’re talking a combined output of 99 hp from the Prius c versus the larger Prius’ 134 hp.  35 hp can make a difference, but remember – it’s with a weight savings of nearly 20%, so the overall driving dynamic won’t suffer.

The Prius c will be coming to showrooms starting in March, and we certainly hope to have one by then.  For more information about the Prius family of vehicles, check out our other blog posts or visit our dealer website at www.altontoyota.com.

CREDIT:  Toyota USA Newsroom

IMAGE CREDIT:  Toyota USA Newsroom