Toyota: 19 New Models in 2012

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Toyota had a rough year in 2011. Safety investigations and natural disasters presented challenge after challenge and wounded the company’s supply chain, sales figures and brand image. It's a new year, and it sounds like Toyota plans to stay busy.

The automaker is planning to launch 19 new vehicles in 2012 across its Toyota, Lexus and Scion brands, according to the Detroit Free Press. Executives detailed the plans to dealers last weekend at the National Automobile Dealers Association convention in Las Vegas.

Dealers were also treated to a sneak peek of the next Avalon. Toyota's largest sedan was redesigned for 2011. The Free Press reports that an updated Avalon with improved fuel economy will appear at the New York International Auto Show in April. Dealers were told that the new version should see combined mpg in the low 30s. A fuel-cell concept was also teased.

So far, the subcompact Prius c joined the lineup for 2012, and we expect a plug-in version of the regular Prius to follow this year. We saw the new Scion FR-S and updated Lexus LX 570 at the Detroit auto show, and we will see the revised-for-2013 Toyota Land Cruiser at the Chicago Auto Show. We also expect an electric version of the Toyota RAV4 compact SUV and, following Camry's redesign for 2012, a new Lexus ES 350 this year.

Toyota Execs Tell Dealers 19 New Models on Way, Including Next Avalon (The Detroit Free Press)

Comments 

"Dealers were told that the new version should see combined mpg in the low 30s"

Combined mileage, or highway mileage? A Yaris has combined mileage in the low 30s.

JM

the Avalon was not redesigned. it was extensively freshened. it is essentially the same car that has been sold since like 2005, just with an updated interior and exterior. this new car (I would guess for the 2013 or 2014 model year) is a totally new model based on the new Camry.

jett1000

19 new models, each more conservative and bland than the last. toyota is a poster child for a brand that needs a total design overhaul.

Rockaby

Brady, if it is low 30s then I think I found my next car (but how could it be since the Camry's combined is 28 and that's with a 4-cylinder--they must've meant highway mileage)

Fix it again

I've seen pix of the new Avalon, and it is bigger than Camry. Unless they have something up their sleeve, I don't see a combined average mileage in the 30s. It would have to be a hybrid to do that.

Lance

@JM
Uh, if is released in 2012 as the headline states it will be a 2013 model.

@rockaby
I think they meant combined. Possibly a whole new drivetrain with maybe something like Buick is doing with the E-Assist. Just a guess.

SamShaw

@ JM, the Avalon is brand new. The wheelbase is said to be longer. And you cannot just "alternate" the exterior and interior of a car so drastically from the out going model.

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