The 2013 Avalon sees its first Fourth of July, glimmering beneath Independence Day fireworks at Fair Saint Louis. Options shown.
From concept to construction, the fresh take on the 2013 Avalon began with a collaborative effort right here in the United States. “This is the most American Avalon ever,” explains Kevin Hunter, president of Toyota’s Calty Design Research studios. The car was designed and primarily engineered by Calty teams in Newport Beach, Calif., and Ann Arbor, Mich. The story continues in Georgetown, Ky., where the Avalon will be assembled at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, Toyota’s largest auto plant in America.
As a result, the Avalon really speaks to the wants and needs of drivers in the U.S. The handling is sporty, responsive, and fun to drive. The interior is refined, with high-end styling and smart, intuitive technology. And, somehow, the team even added headroom without making the car any larger.
“Really from the very beginning, this car was done here,” says Ian Cartabiano, studio design manager at Calty. “It says a lot about Toyota’s commitment to localization.”