Wednesday, 04 August 2021 15:59

Toyota Avalon Dead in the U.S. After 2022 Model Year

Written by Christopher Smith, Motor1.com


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It seems the Toyota Avalon will become the latest sedan to bow out in the face of SUV dominance.

Toyota's flagship four-door is dead in the U.S. after the 2022 model year, ending a long run that began over 25 years ago.


The word apparently came in the form of an official communication between Toyota and its suppliers. 


Automotive News reports it was actually Toyota's purchasing department that slipped the information, telling suppliers in a letter that Avalon production at the automaker's Georgetown, KY, manufacturing plant would end following the 2022 model year.


Toyota confirmed the news to Motor1.com in a statement. Additionally, a Toyota spokesperson confirmed that Avalon production will continue for the Chinese market at the automaker's Tianjin, China manufacturing plant.


As such, the big sedan will continue living for at least a little while longer, but only for buyers in China.


The Avalon first appeared in 1994, debuting at the Chicago Auto Show as a 1995 model.


The full-size sedan proved popular enough but was never a dominant force in the market, though one could argue it was never meant to be a luxurious Camry alternative despite sharing the Camry's platform.


The current-generation Avalon debuted in 2018 as a 2019 model, switching from Toyota's enduring K platform to the TNGA-K architecture.


It was offered in a spicier TRD trim for the first time, though horsepower didn't change. Instead, the Avalon TRD adopted aggressive looks with suspension tuning and a throatier exhaust note for a bit more excitement.


However, year-over-year sales figures suggest...

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