Toyota has decided to retire its flagship sedan for the US market due to the declining popularity of the four-door body.
The impending discontinuation of Avalon production became known from the correspondence between the North American office of Toyota and suppliers, which turned out to be at the disposal of Automotive News. In particular, the company announced that 2022 will be the last model year for the sedan, which is produced at the plant in Georgetown, Kentucky.
Later, Toyota confirmed this news in a comment to Motor1, clarifying that despite leaving the American market, Avalon will continue to be produced in China. Chinese-spec sedans are manufactured at the FAW Toyota joint venture in Tianjin in the northeast of the country.
The Toyota Avalon sedan was first presented at the 1994 Chicago Auto Show. The large four-door car proved to be quite popular in the USA, but it never became the bestseller in its class. The current (fifth) generation Avalon debuted in January 2018 at the Detroit Motor Show. This car is built on the TNGA-K platform, which is also used in the seventh generation Lexus ES sedan.
Prices in the US start at $ 36,125 for a front-wheel drive version with a 3.5 V6 petrol engine and an 8-speed “automatic” and $ 37,100 for a hybrid version based on a 2.5-liter engine. For comparison, American dealers of the brand ask for a gasoline Toyota Camry from $ 25,045.