Toyota revealed to dealers that the company will roll out a total of 19 new models in 2012, according to the Detroit Free Press. Toyota's general manager Bob Carter said that Toyota's 19 new models would include an all-new, more fuel-efficient Avalon full-size sedan.
The Free Press reports that Carter told dealers attending the National Automobile Dealers Association convention of Toyota's plans for 19 new models in 2012. That number seems a bit high to us, so we're inclined to believe that Toyota will either have 19 new models, including Lexus and Scion, or have 19 new trim levels for 2012, though as of this writing, Toyota has yet to respond to our request for a clarification.
If we include new models from Lexus and Scion, Toyota has 9 new models so far this year – the 2013 Toyota Avalon, and 2012 Camry, Prius V, Tacoma and Yaris, the 2013 Lexus GS and 2012 LFA, and the 2013 Scion FR-S and 2012 iQ.
In the works for later this year is a new Avalon, and rumor has it, an all-electric RAV4. Carter let a few details on the all-new Avalon slip during his meeting with the NADA. The new Avalon will follow the same formula as the current one -- that is a large, front-wheel-drive, entry-luxury sedan -- but with much better fuel economy. The Free Press reports that Toyota execs expect the new Avalon (likely in hybrid form) to meet or beat the fuel economy ratings of the Fiat 500, which is rated at 30/38 mpg (city/highway), or 33 mpg combined. The 2012 Toyota Avalon (pictured) currently returns 19/28 mpg with its 3.5-liter V-6 engine.
The Free Press also reports that Carter told dealers that he expects 40 percent of Toyota's volume this year to come from new products, up from 7 percent last year. Carter also thinks that initial estimates of 2012 U.S. auto sales of 13.6 million are on the conservative side, and expects industry-wide sales to easily reach 13.8 million new vehicles sold.
The new Avalon, which Toyota claims has more interior volume than a BMW X5, and is faster than a Volkswagen Passat TDI, is set to debut in New York in April, most likely as a 2013 model.
UPDATE: According to Toyota, they will be getting 19 new or updated models in 2012, including models from Lexus and Scion. Those models include the Prius c, the Prius Plug-in, a facelift on the Land Cruiser, the Scion FR S, and the Lexus GS, as well as a few vehicles Toyota is still keeping under wraps.
Source: The Detroit Free Press