(TORONTO)  Luxurious, powerful, and spacious, the 2007 Toyota Avalon offers superior quality that makes Avalon a compelling choice for buyers who are looking for a premium, full size sedan, now standard-equipped with Vehicle Stability Control and Traction Control.



In this highly competitive segment, the current-generation Avalon has reached new heights of popularity for loyal owners thanks to sophisticated engineering designed specifically for North American drivers and families.  Thanks to Toyota's industry-leading reputation for quality, it is not surprising to note the superb fit and finish throughout.  The 2007 Toyota Avalon also offers an outstanding complement of standard equipment on the base XLS model, including:



         Automatic dual-zone climate control with an air filter and rear seat heater ducts

         Premium leather seating surfaces with front variable heated seats

         Power-adjustable driver and front passenger seats

         Manual reclining rear seat backrest, rear seat headrests, rear center headrest, and fold down center armrest      

         Power windows with jam protection and auto up/down for driver and front passenger

         Optitron gauges and multi-information display

         Sequential multi-mode shifter

         Steering wheel mounted audio controls, and heat, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) controls

         Cruise control

         Keyless entry

         Anti-theft system

         Electric rear window defroster with timer

         Power remote heated mirrors

         Fog lamps

         Leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob

         AM/FM/CD audio system with in-dash 6-disc changer and 9 speakers

         Power moonroof with sunshade

         Aluminum scuff plates

         Simulated woodgrain trim

         Integrated garage door opener

         Electrochromic rear view mirror with digital compass, and electrochromic driver-side exterior mirror



All this is contained within a robust body structure designed to meet side impact standards that take into account higher-riding vehicles such as SUVs.



This is a vehicle consumers can drive with confidence in so many ways, said Tony Wearing, Managing Director of Toyota Canada Inc.  For 2007, Toyota has raised the standard even further by adding vehicle stability control and traction control to an outstanding complement of active safety features including Anti-lock Brakes, Electronic Brake-force Distribution and Brake Assist. The Toyota Avalon offers plenty of everything owners want in a premium sedan  without the premium price tag.



Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2007 Avalon starts at $41,135.  The 2007 Avalon is now available at Toyota dealerships across Canada.



2007 TOYOTA AVALON - PRODUCT DETAIL



 

DRIVETRAIN



Under the hood, the front-wheel drive Avalon is equipped with the most powerful V6 engine offered in a North American Toyota vehicle. The 3.5-litre, 24-valve V6 produces an impressive 268 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 248 lb/ft of torque at 4,700 rpm. 



The engine is equipped with dual Variable Valve Timing-intelligent (VVT-i) for increased high-speed torque, improved fuel economy, and lower emissions.  A dual-stage variable intake manifold optimizes engine breathing and fuel efficiency. 



As a result, the Avalon can effortlessly accelerate from zero-to-100 km/h in 6.9 seconds.  Estimated fuel consumption ratings for Avalon are 10.6 L/100 km in the city, and 7.0 L/100 km on the highway.  In addition to being more powerful and more fuel efficient, the Avalon meets Environment Canada's stringent Tier 2 emission standards



The 3.5-litre V6 engine is mated to a 5-speed automatic Super ECT (electronically-controlled) transmission.  Super ECT allows the Engine Control Module to manage shift decisions based on engine speed and load, so that every shift is precise and seamless.  It also monitors throttle position, road speed, power requirements and operating temperature to efficiently direct gear selection and adjust shift points to driving demands.  Sequential multi-mode shifting capability enables the driver to control gearshifts manually, when desired. 



BUILT TO BE SAFE

Avalon's stylish body structure is built to meet the latest side impact standards, which take into account higher-riding vehicles such as SUVs.  Standard front seat-mounted side airbags, and front and rear head side-curtain airbags, provide protection in side impacts.  The Avalon also features a driver's knee airbag as standard equipment.



The standard Anti-lock Brake system (ABS) can help the driver maintain steering control during sudden stops by preventing brake lock-up, while Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) optimizes braking pressure at each wheel to help minimize body dive or sway during hard braking and cornering.  Additionally, standard Brake Assist (BA) on the Avalon XLS can help the driver take full advantage of the ABS in emergency situations.  The system is designed to determine if the driver is attempting emergency braking and, if the driver has not stepped firmly enough on the brake pedal to activate the ABS, it applies maximum braking pressure until pedal pressure is released.



To add even more stopping power and directional control, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) uses throttle intervention in conjunction with the ABS actuators and sensors to help maintain directional stability under adverse road conditions.  The system's traction control helps reduce tire slippage, and Brake Assist detects emergency braking and subtly applies supplemental line pressure to maximize the effectiveness of the ABS.  The VSC system integrates Traction Control (TRAC) to help limit front-wheel spin on slippery road surfaces.



INDULGENTLY EQUIPPED

Two option packages are available.  The Premium package includes everything the Avalon XLS model plus:

         New rain-sensing windshield wipers

         Premium 12-speaker JBL Synthesis audio system with AM.FM stereo cassette, compact disc autochanger,  rear subwoofer with 8-channel amplifier and digital signal processor

         Wood and leather-wrapped steering wheel.



The Premium Package with Navigation includes everything in the Premium package (excluding the cassette player on the audio system) plus a DVD-based navigation system with voice recognition.  Both driver and front passenger can plot a course with the navigation system using an eight-way switch and scroll lever.  The navigation controls have surface emitting illumination and hide away above the gated shifter.  Maps, climate and select audio controls are shown on the seven-inch liquid crystal display located beneath the centre air vents. 



Avalon is equipped with Toyota's industry-leading no deductible, no transfer fee, comprehensive warranty that covers the entire vehicle for 3 years/60,000 kilometres.  Powertrain components are covered for 5 years/100,000 kilometres, major emission control components for 8 years/130,000 kilometres and corrosion perforation for 5 years with unlimited distance.  Optional Extra Care Protection (ECP) at four levels is available for up to 6 years/200,000 kilometres.



Toyota also provides 24-hour Roadside Assistance for all models.  Help is just a phone call away at 1-888-TOYOTA-8.  Providing roadside emergency services ranging from a battery boost to winching, Toyota's Roadside Assistance program also provides for accident towing.



The purchase of a new Toyota also includes a free membership in Club Toyota, an on-line service designed for customer convenience, placing vehicle ownership information at the customer's fingertips.