Amongst the other revelations at the LA Auto Show was the new Toyota Rav4 (4th generation). One key change to the new model is the reduction from a V6 engine to a more fuel efficient 4-cylinder. The vice president of Toyota, Bill Fay was quoted as stating “The trend in the segment is towards fuel efficiency”.
Additional fuel efficiency is provided by a 6 speed transmission. Emissions are reduced by reducing the bhp of the model which still boasts 176bhp delivered by the 2.5 liter engine. There is a net increase of 3 mpg in the front wheel drive model and the four wheel drive model delivers between 23 and 30 mpg.
The 2013 Rav4 comes complete with a sport mode and an eco mode; the sport mode makes steering sharper and shift speed faster whilst the eco mode, predictably, helps increase fuel efficiency further still.
The new 2013 model is lined up for sale release at the start of the new year, however we won’t know the pricing until just before Christmas.
The standard opening of the rear of the RAV4 has been changed to allow better access to the generous 73 cubic feet of space. The unsightly spare which was previously mounted on the back door is now stored much more tidily under the rear floor. There are 3 models being released, all slightly different and with presumably slightly different price tags; the Limited, LE and XLE.
Toyota is the biggest car manufacturer in Asia and it is strongly believed from predictions that sales in America will reach and stretch beyond two million units for the first time in the last four years. The two main models contributing to these impressive figures are the Prius and the Camry.
The Camry has dominated the American market for the last decade and it’s strongly believed by the company that sales this year may be just shy of half a million.