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#72 of 14965 2004 Chicago Auto Show
Jan 23, 2004 (5:04 pm)
This is my first time here at edmunds.com. I noticed a discussion of the new avalon body style. I currently drive a 1995 Avalon XLS. I'm patiently waiting to see what the 2005 Avalon will look like. That announcement may be coming to the Chicago Auto Show in February. Here is an excerpt from the 2004 Chicago Auto Show "The remainder of the morning will feature world introduction product reveals from Toyota". Key words here are "world introduction". I'm hoping that world introduction product will be the 2005 Avalon, by the way, I live in the Chicago area.
Jan 23, 2004 (7:43 pm)
Ah the Crown - what a beautiful car! Just to clarify, I think you were talking of the previous generation Crown which ended its model year for 2003. The 04 Crown (known as the Crown concept on toyota.com) is the newest Crown in Japan. The Crown and GS are both on the same platform (from what I've heard) but the Crown is supposed to have more luxury. In Japan, the Crown is offered with a 3.0L inline 6 (same as the GS here) but with twin turbos producing more than 250HP. It also has a V8 available. Crown is known as Japan's ultimate luxury car, even though it is not the most luxurious. I guess it's their version of the "American Cadillac". I wish it came here though!
#74 of 14965 For Boomsama...
Jan 23, 2004 (8:50 pm)
as a Yank who lived in your beautiful country for a few years (70's), I agree that you are being screwed re availability of some options on cars being sold both north and south. That said, the U.S. is importing a Holden virtually unchanged as the new Pontiac GTO, a sacred name in U.S. muscle car history, and which has already been minimized by some U.S. auto magazines. In my humble opinion, neither the U.S. nor Australia has a monopoly on "good". We may have more auto options (we have 10X population), but you have MANY more places to exercise the horses you are granted. I recall driving the Adelaide to Alice road and not seeing ANYTHING/ANYONE for more than 300Km at a stretch. You CANNOT do that in the U.S. no matter where you are (and could not even in those times). Good luck and good on ya, mate....
Jan 24, 2004 (6:07 am)
yeah, holden monaro
anyway, its pretty frustrating seeing all this good stuff overseas while we get this "last generation" stuff. Just makes me wanna import one, although servicing might be a problem.
#76 of 14965 Crown Concept
Jan 24, 2004 (11:20 am)
If Toyota does not plan to bring the Crown Concept (or a *reasonable* facsimile) to America, what was the point of featuring the car on the Toyota USA website?
Jan 24, 2004 (1:39 pm)
The Crown has a 50/50 chance of coming as a Toyota to North America. I, personally, think it won't come to America because it's more luxurious than a Lexus GS, which it shares most of its components with.
#78 of 14965 Crown Concept
Jan 24, 2004 (4:09 pm)
Why are they calling this car the "Concept"? It has been around for almost 30 years. If this replaces the Avalon as Toyota's flagship sedan it would be great. Right now, the Crown is only sold in the East Asian markets. Toyota should also consider bringing the Crown Majesta to North America. It could be a lower priced alternative to the Lexus LS 430 just like the Camry is to the ES300/330.
Jan 24, 2004 (4:46 pm)
I think the should bring the Crown Athlete over here, as the Majesta is still waiting to be redesigned.
#80 of 14965 Crown "Concept"
Jan 24, 2004 (6:58 pm)
This is ALL I know: It is called THE Concept. It is NOT "A" concept car. "Concept" was used because it had not been named and is part of the rollout of the "LEXUS" brandname in Japan. I don't know if it will be a Toyo, or Lexus???? At the 2003 Tokyo auto show, Toyota displayed the Concept as "..returning to the export markets!" ...in 2005. Which export markets, however, were NOT indicated?????
Some listed ammenities:
... 3.3-liter V6 with VVT-i and six-speed automatic transmission (Sequential Shiftmatic)...
...vehicle-movement control based on VDM, pre-crash safety system, lane-keeping assistance, radar cruise control...
#81 of 14965 Motor Trend Mag
Jan 30, 2004 (2:50 pm)
A rear view picture of the 2006 Avalon is in the latest issue of Motor Trend. Can't tell much except that it has dual tail pipes and backup lights integrated with the tail lights. Although it is listed as a 2006, the article says it will likely be an early intro in 2005, as it looks well along in the disign