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2011 AVALON, EVERY OTHER CAR A DIMINISHING RETURN

Monday, August 9th, 2010
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2011 Toyota Avalon…It’s Roomy and Comfortable, Effortless to drive and Luxurious with a number of significant updates.Avalon-4-10

The Avalon succeeds at transporting people in complete comfort and surrounding them with a host of luxury trappings. In short, it’s the modern reincarnation of the classic American sedan.

The 2011 Avalon is offered in base and Limited trim levels. Here is a test on  a Limited model with an as-tested price of $37,884.

The Styling is long and low, and the Avalon stretches to 197.6 inches overall, making it about 8 inches longer than a Toyota Camry. For 2011, the Avalon receives some subtle styling changes to its front and rear. The headlights, grille and front bumper are new, but because the overall look closely resembles the prior version, the changes could easily go unnoticed. The same goes for the rear, which has new but familiar-looking LED taillights and a license plate holder that’s been moved from the bumper to the restyled trunklid. A significant Lexus-like side chrome detail along each side below the doors adds a needed touch of class.

Comfort reigns supreme in the Avalon, and this has some pretty positive aspects. On the plus side, the sedan’s soft suspension tuning provides excellent ride quality. The Avalon floats smoothly down the road, the cabin undisturbed by rougher stretches of pavement. It’s one of those things that give the Avalon a sense of luxury beyond its price. A quick dip in the road makes the nose bob up and down briefly, but the motion is quickly controlled. Larger bumps, however, depending on how they are hit, can be felt.

The steering is another area where the Avalon upholds its comfort mantra. The wheel turns easily with a light touch; it feels like it’s attached to a giant ball bearing that’s been lathered in WD-40. Despite the light effort at lower speeds, which makes maneuvering a parking garage a cinch, there isn’t any unwanted twitchiness on the highway, just confident and predictable transitions when changing lanes.

“Effortless” is the best word to describe the Avalon’s drivetrain. Like the 2010 model, the 2011 Avalon is powered by a 268 horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine that drives the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. The car pulls strongly away from stoplights, and the V-6 still has plenty of energy on the highway for a quick pass. Floor the gas pedal around 70 mph, and the transmission quickly kicks down, engine rpm jumps and the hood noticeably rises as the Avalon squats down and surges forward. This engine’s high-speed power is truly impressive, and not all that common among mainstream full-size sedans. All disc antilock brakes are standard on the Avalon.

You might think this kind of performance would make your local gas station owner rich, but the Avalon gets surprisingly good mileage for its size. Its EPA-estimated 20/29 mpg city/highway rating beats the most efficient versions of large front-wheel-drive sedans like the 2011 Ford Taurus (18/28 mpg), 2011 Hyundai Azera (20/28) and 2011 Chevrolet Impala (19/29). The Avalon’s V-6 takes regular gas. Higher gas mileage performance is achievable and many owners report highway mileage in the low 30’s per gallon and city performance in the mid 20’s..

The new Avalon’s cabin interior is a noteworthy aesthetic improvement over the prior model’s interior and gives the Avalon a luxury-car feel.

The 2011 Avalon’s dashboard, center control panel and center console are new, and unlike the prior model all the areas feature premium materials, with the dash and many of the door panels finished in a nicely grained, low-gloss surface that looks great. Gone is the blue-screened display that used to sit to the right of the instruments, as well as the many silver-colored doors covering things like the stereo and cupholders. Instead, the car’s console has covers finished in nicer-looking simulated wood and gray-silver trim.  The seating feels thicker than recent previous models. Overall, the interior is nice enough that no one would question it if there were a Lexus L badge on the steering wheel instead of the Toyota T — certainly in the Limited.

If you haven’t experienced the backseat of an Avalon, I guarantee you’ll be impressed by the amount of room the car offers. There’s an enormous amount of space for passengers to stretch out, including loads of legroom for taller folks. Even with the front seats in their rearmost position, there’s still decent legroom in back. To top it off, the Avalon has standard reclining rear backrests — an uncommon feature in a non-luxury sedan. Their overall comfort is enough to make you toss the keys to your spouse, slide into the backseat and say “Wake me when we’re there” — as long as you aren’t worried about the repercussions of such a move.

The Avalon’s trunk measures 14.4 cubic feet,  less than some of its main competitors offer but plenty ample. (The Impala’s trunk is 18.6 cubic feet, the Azera’s 16.6 and the Taurus’ a sizable 20.1.)

The cargo area is deep but not particularly tall, and there’s a full-size spare tire on an alloy wheel underneath the cargo floor.  A locking pass-through between the outboard rear seats is standard.

The 2011 Avalon received the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick designation, which is given to models that offer a stability system and achieve Good overall ratings in the agency’s frontal-offset and side-impact crash tests, its roof-strength test and its whiplash-injury test.

Standard safety features include a stability system, side-impact airbags for the front seats, side curtain airbags for both rows, active front head restaints and a knee airbag for the driver.

You can look at the Avalon in one of two ways: Either it’s a non-luxury car with a luxury-car price tag, or a luxury car without the luxury badge. Regardless of where you come down on that debate, one thing is clear: There are few cars in the Avalon’s price range that provide more passenger room and comfort.

If you do decide to hold the Avalon up against a similarly priced luxury car, like the Lexus ES 350, it fares pretty well. The Avalon gives you more room, better gas mileage and just as much luxury. We believe the Avalon is a luxury car for those who don’t care about luxury badges.

In short, You can spend $25,000 more on some cars and throw your money away. Anything in addition to the Avalon’s capabilities are diminishing returns…

Three Toyota/Lexus Vehicles Earn the 2010 ‘Top Safety Pick’ Award

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010
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Based on new rollover test results, the 2011 Toyota Avalon and Sienna, and the 2010 Lexus RX are designated Top Safety Picks by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.2011 siennaavalon

 

 

 

 

“The award recognizes the vehicles that earn the highest rating for front, side, rollover and rear crash protection, and that have electronic stability control, which is standard on all three of these models,” the IIHS said.

The 2011 Sienna is the first minivan to earn the institute’s top safety designation since good performance for rollover protection was added to the criteria for 2010 ratings.

THE WAY OUR AUTOMOBILES SOUND ARE NO ACCIDENT…IT IS BY DESIGN

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010
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Here’s a Tutorial Article about how Our Perception of Our Automobiles is influenced by specific assigned vehicle sounds or “Signatures” and how Vehicle Sound Signatures are used to Market Our Vehicles to Us.  vroom

Vehicle sound is one of the primary drivers of consumer perception of overall vehicle quality. Tuning a sound signature requires research, where listeners in audio laboratories are queried about what attributes create positive impressions of a vehicle’s sound.

The two areas of the vehicle that tune the sound of the engine are the engine induction system and the exhaust system. By applying engineering expertise to analysis of consumer market research, companies such as Visteon, Inc. provide vehicle manufacturers with carefully calibrated engine induction systems that deliver unique Acoustic Sound Signatures.

These cost-effective solutions help manufacturers differentiate their vehicles, reinforce Positive Brand Images, and Market their Vehicle Models.

Vehicle-specific Signature Tuning
Consumers of different types of vehicles expect different types of sounds from their vehicles, and Automotive Acoustic Engineering suppliers recognize the importance of meeting these expectations.

For instance, sports car drivers expect a deep, V8-engine sound while owners of work trucks expect a heavy, rumbling sound. Some passenger-car owners prefer just enough rumble so that their vehicle sounds sporty. Luxury buyers, on the other hand, prefer silence. Sound Engineers like Visteon, Inc have experience working with vehicle manufacturers to deliver the desired Sound Signature consumers want from their vehicles.

Providing this type of acoustic distinction is more important, and even more difficult, when working with broad vehicle platforms that support multiple brands and vehicle types. In these cases, it becomes important to maximize common components for cost efficiency while providing the different outputs required for creating brand distinction. For example, the new 2011 Toyota Avalon Sound Signature  is very quiet and smooth as silk, where the new Tundra is smooth yet with a very seamless “Powerful” sound.

Calibrating Sound
After consumer preferences are assessed and documented, vehicle manufacturers establish sound targets for specific vehicle makes and models. While sound attributes can be calibrated to support the specific needs of a vehicle or brand, they also have a direct relationship to performance of the engine.

Sound Engineering Companies such as Visteon use unique applications of Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) and other analytic tools, that allow engineers to fully comprehend the trade-offs between performance and acoustic tuning, and allow them to optimize the system to meet necessary targets without adversely impacting engine performance. These tools also allow Engineers to support manufacturers by providing sound files of the predicted sound, so it can be verified that the consumer desired sound is being created.

Systems-level Expertise
Additionally, specific systems-level understanding of engine induction helps engineers understand how other engine induction components, such as the intake manifold, air cleaner and air inlets, can impact vehicle noise, vibration and harshness. This expertise helps engineers optimize placement of devices such as Helmholtz resonators and quarter-wave tuners. However, the requirements of the customer can call for more tuning than standard resonators and wave tuners provide, so companies such as Visteon, Inc. are developing even more sophisticated solutions. These new technologies merge a company’s knowledge of engine induction systems, automotive electronics, and the total vehicle into systems that can change Acoustic tuning.

 

YES VIRGINIA, HERE IS THE NEW 2011 AVALON

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010
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2011-Toyota-Avalon1Here is the Avalon, New for 2011. It continues the tradition set by its successful predecessors. 
 
Yes Virginia, Avalon provides…
• the spacious cabin,
• smooth driving dynamics,
• and convenient technologies …that premium full-size sedan buyers want.
 
Re-styled at Calty Design Centers in California and Michigan … and engineered at Toyota technical center in Ann Arbor … Avalon will continue to be built at our plant in Georgetown, Kentucky. 
 
Calty gave Avalon an aggressive new look. 
 
A new grille features distinctive headlamps…and the rear is accented by LED tail lights and integrated dual exhaust.
 
Both the head lamps and tail lamps…feature unique light piping for an added signature look. Tasteful Lexus Chrome accents along the sides add to the upscale distinction.
 
The base Avalon now has standard 17-inch wheels with a new finish … while the Limited grade has a new, contemporary wheel design.
 
Inside … the Avalon provides key luxury features that are important to its buyers.
 
The new dash offers a driver-oriented experience.2011-Toyota-Avalon7 
 
Sight lines flow to the redesigned center stack … providing easier use for both the driver and passenger.
 
The segment’s only reclining rear seats provide unmatched passenger comfort. 
 
And …a power rear sunshade protects rear-seat passengers.
 
The Avalon continues to be powered by the 3.5-liter V6 engine … mated to a multi-mode six-speed automatic transmission.
 
Producing 268 horsepower … which is among the best in the segment … it also achieves 20 plus miles-per-gallon in the city …and 29 plus on the highway.
 
The Avalon also has many of our latest technologies … like the Gen 6 Navigation System with …
• XM NavTraffic,
• Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity,
• and wireless audio music streaming.
 
A standard back-up camera has a segment-first 3.3-inch display in the rear-view mirror … and also offers color guide lines to help the driver back into or out of parking spots…Very Nice!
 
Standard audio features include …a USB port for direct iPod control via the sound system or steering-wheel controls…and XM satellite radio! An optional JBL sound system feeds 660-watts through 12 speakers…including a two-coil subwoofer.
 
Pricing will be very similar to the current model.The New 2011 Avalon hits Dealers in the Spring.2011-Toyota-Avalon2

BLUE HARMONY, AUTOMOTIVE “INFOTAINMENT SYSTEM”

Thursday, February 4th, 2010
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DENSO has developed Blue Harmony, an in-vehicle communication and entertainment system or, using the current key buzz-word,  ” Infotainment System”.BLUE HARMONY It allows drivers to manage music, directions, e-mail, Internet radio, news headlines and other infotainment options through voice commands. It is displayed on a touch-screen mounted in the center of the dashboard and  allows users to customize the touch-screen layout, and download Denso-developed applications to run services like Pandora Internet radio, social networking Web site Facebook and photo sharing Web site Flickr.

We recently showed an appliction of the Qi Wireless Technology displayed in the dash of an upcoming Toyota Avalon, an illustration of things to come. Blue Harmony technology expands these technologies in multiple directions.

Unlike some voice-activated infotainment systems on the market now, Blue Harmony does not require several specific prompts to play a particular song over the vehicle’s sound system.

For example, a Blue Harmony prototype demo at the 2010 North American International Auto Show allowed the creation of a new station on customizable Internet radio station Pandora by saying “I want to make a new Pandora station.”

Still in development, the Blue Harmony system promises to have USB ports for connecting different types of devices, and use 802.11 WLAN technology to service customers’ portable devices as a Wi-Fi hotspot and to get data from other Wi-Fi networks into the vehicle. DENSO said it is working on a Bluetooth protocol to integrate navigation applications from portable devices into the car.

The system is expected to go to production in 2011.

YES VIRGINIA THERE WILL BE A NEW 2011 TOYOTA AVALON

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010
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There is a new 2011 Toyota Avalon coming and very soon! We have it on good authority that a new Avalon will be introduced in February at the Chicago Auto Show.car cover

But why so much secrecy? I mean, you can’t find a spy photo of a 2011 Avalon at this time even if someone put a gun to your head…

We believe that with competition growing from Buick, Hyundai, and others, Toyota has Avalon under wraps and is planning a big marketing role-out for this the 4th generation of the car which has earned an impressive reputation for Value, Quality, Reliability, and Resale Value. 

We understand that the 2011 Avalon will have a completely redesigned interior with more attention to luxurious details. Our recent report about Avalon’s interior being used to showcase new QI Standard Technology may provide the  foreshadowing of things to come. The exterior will receive carefully executed refinements to the existing Avalon body.

New 2011 Avalon colors as we understand them to be are Black, Blizzard Pearl, Classic Silver Metallic, Cocoa Bean Metallic, Cypress Pearl, Magnetic gray Metallic, Sandy Beach Metallic, Sizzling Crimson Mica, and Zephyr Blue Metallic.

Toyota for 2011 may be ready to really showcase the Avalon and embrace what Avalon owners have come to know…that you could easily spend $20,000 more for a car and throw your money away.

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