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The highly anticipated 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit has concluded, and once again Toyota dazzled as one of the headliners of the annual event. With Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) modular unibody automobile platforms underpinning most new vehicles, it's no wonder that the manufacturer continues to garner recognition on the auto show circuit. Today, we're here to share a few NAIAS highlights that will ramp up your confidence that Toyota is the automobile brand for you in 2018, and in the years to come.
Toyota Highlights from the 2018 NAIAS Detroit Auto Show
2019 Toyota Avalon Unveiled
Without a doubt, one of the best received moments at NAIAS was the unveiling of the 2019 Avalon. Industry experts and car enthusiasts alike swooned when seeing (and hearing about) the luxury sedan's redefined exterior, super fuel efficiency (3.5-liter V6 and Hybrid), interior cabin and console update, enhanced auto-infotainment, and wealth of driver conveniences that include everything from a new 10-inch Head-Up Display (HUD) to Engine Sound Enhancement. View our full preview of the 2019 Toyota Avalon.
The New Toyota Concept Cars
One of the most popular features of the NAIAS, or any major auto show for that matter, are the concept cars. Everyone loves them, and the more wild and imaginative, the better. Toyota is very well known for its concept car inclusions, but there is one thing that sets Toyota's entries apart - the concepts are not that far off from reality, no matter how far fetched they may seem. A perfect example of this, is the C-HR, which was introduced as a concept car at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, and again at the 2015 LA Auto Show, before it hit the mass market last year.
The Toyota Toyota Concept-i (pictured above) was the most eye-catching for NAIAS attendees. The four passenger self-driving Concept-i has a powerful AI system that learns with the driver to build what can only be described as a truly meaningful relationship between a vehicle and a human being. Its sibling, the Concept-i Ride (pictured below), is Toyota's ride sharing solution for the urban oasis of tomorrow, and intends to transform mass transportation into a personable and wheelchair accessible experience. And the last among the Concept-i inclusions was the ultra-compact Concept-i WALK (pictured beside the Concept-i Ride), a standing personal transportation vehicle that autonomously drives users to home, work, or any other programmed destination, using sidewalks and bike lanes. The Toyota FT-4X Concept also followed up on its 2017 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) appearance with a showing at the 2018 NAIAS, which has many experts speculating that the adventurous four-wheel drive vehicle with a TNGA C-Platform will roll onto the mass market this year, or the next.
Prius Prime and C-HR Return
The success of the 2018 Prius Prime and C-HR generated a strong demand for their return to the 2018 Detroit auto show. For starters, the new and futuristic design of the Prius Prime makes it look like it belongs in the 2020 NAIAS, but what really blows minds about this eco-friendly vehicle is the fact that it boasts an incredible EPA-estimated 133 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent). Then there is the C-HR, the concept SUV that become a reality last year, which continues to turn heads on the roads of North America and auto shows alike. View our current inventory of Prius vehicles here, and the new C-HR here.
If you live in the Greater Vancouver area, you don't have to wait for the next international auto show to view a lineup of breathtaking yet attainable vehicles to suit your lifestyle. Simply come on by our dealership and get a feel for what a new Toyota can do for you. It all starts, by contacting us to schedule an appointment.