FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., April 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The 22nd Annual Fort Lauderdale International Auto Show will feature more than 15 Toyota vehicles, including the redesigned 2013 RAV4 and 2013 Avalon. The show runs April 4-7 at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center.
The 2013 RAV4, the world's original crossover sport utility vehicle, has been revamped with improvements in performance, efficiency and handling. The new RAV4 provides its active owner a more dynamic drive, with new innovative technologies like a Sport Mode with Dynamic Torque Control AWD, enhancements in suspension performance and optimized electric power steering. The 2013 RAV4's design features a progressive silhouette, with a sleek sloping roofline and an aggressive character line. Its interior has a premium, sophisticated look with soft-touch accents and driver-centric controls. In contrast to the compact exterior dimensions, the cargo area is deeper, larger and easier to access than in the previous generation, with just over 38.4 cu. ft. of cargo capacity behind the rear seats. With folded rear seats, RAV4 offers a class-leading maximum cargo capacity of 73.3 cu. ft. Standard on all RAV4 models is a Display Audio with a 6.1-inch LCD touchscreen with standard backup camera and Bluetooth connectivity.
The 2013 Toyota Avalon also will be a strong attraction for show-goers. Toyota dramatically altered the chemistry of Avalon's formula in 2013, creating a potent and persuasive sedan that helps shift the vehicle's generational appeal while symbolizing Toyota's exciting new design and product direction for future models. Avalon also features Toyota's Entune™ multimedia system, which functions through a smart phone interface and brings applications such as Bing™, iHeartRadio, MovieTickets.com™, OpenTable®, and Pandora® to the vehicle audio display. This audio configuration also provides real-time traffic, weather, fuel prices, sports, and stocks.
Also on display will be two of U.S. News and World Report's Best Cars for Families award winners. The 2013 Toyota Prius took top honors in the Best Hatchback for Families category, while the 2013 Highlander Hybrid won the Best Hybrid SUV for Families award for the third year in a row.
Toyota (NYSE: TM) established operations in North America in 1957 and currently operates 14 manufacturing plants. There are more than 1,800 Toyota, Lexus and Scion dealerships in North America which sold over 2.3 million vehicles in 2012. Toyota directly employs nearly 39,000 people in North America and its investment here is currently valued at more than $24.5 billion, including sales and manufacturing operations, research and development, financial services and design. Toyota's annual purchasing of parts, materials, goods and services from North American suppliers totals nearly $30 billion.