UPDATE: Toyota Launching 19 New Models in 2012, Including New Avalon

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

I like how the Tacoma is a "new model" and the Land Cruiser is just getting a facelift. Ummm... did you not notice that the Tacoma just got a facelift as well?
What are they gonna talk about the next 4 years after 2012 when they have no new models to push out? And how much extra man power do they actually have that they can manage 19 rollouts all in one year!
Timothy Germain
Toyota: (1) Avalon XLS, Limited (2) Camry L, LE, SE & XLE (3) Hybrid Camry LE, XLE (4) Corolla base, LE, S, base manual, S manual (5) Matrix 5 models (6) Prius 4 models (7) Prius V 3 models (8) Sienna CE, LE,SE, XLE, Limited, 4wd LE, 4wd XLE, 4WD Limited (9) Yaris10 Modles (10) 4 Runner 5 models 11) FJ Cruiser 3 models 12) Highlander 8 models 13) Hybrid Highlander 2 models 14) Land Cruiser 15) Rav4 12 models 16)Sequoia 11 models 17) Tacoma 20 models 18) Tundra 28 models 19) Venza 10 models. Scion: 1) xB 2) xD 3) tC 4) IQ summer 5)FRS
There's also the Prius C as well as the Lexus LX suv that are new, just thinking off-hand. I'm sure there are others, if I really thought about it. Silly me for thinking that was the writer's job! Anyone ever do research before publishing these articles??

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