• Aug 29, 2008
Click above for high-res gallery with the new Toyota Avensis

Toyota will use the upcoming Paris Motor Show in October to unveil its redesigned flagship model for Europe, the Avensis. Think of it as the old country's version of the Avalon. Though we only have a rear 3/4 shot to go by, the new Avensis looks considerably more chunky than the current model, with a short deck lid, large rear tail-lights, a strong shoulder line and some interesting concave surfacing above the side sills. We don't know much else, other than that it will be offered with more powerful and cleaner engines when it goes on sale in Europe around January.

Toyota also announced that it will be bringing out the production version of its iQ city car and the Urban Cruiser for the Paris show. The Urban Cruiser is basically a ruggedized, soft-roading version of the Scion xD, while the iQ is based on the concept of the same name that debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2007.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Um, didn't we see this last week? I think KIA called it the Forte...
      • 6 Years Ago
      The interesting concave looks like it is lifted straight from an S2000. That is not a bad thing but autoblog is acting like no one has ever carved a door in a concave manner before.
      • 6 Years Ago
      TAXI!
        • 6 Years Ago
        With a Muslim driver.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks alot like the Chevy Malibu especially how the front rolls into the head lights. The rear quarters and back look different from Chevrolet but the rest looks inspired by Chevrolet. But hey its Toyota! sliced bread isn`t this good.
      The Malibu is nicer.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Avensis has quite a differnet market niche in Europe than the Avalon does in the US- I think calling it the Euro Camry is more like it. Anyway, this is a solidly handsome car.

      I wonder if the next-gen Scion TC will be based on this chassis, as the current one is based on the previous Avensis.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That looks very nice...wonder if the front has been improved as well. I vaguely wish they would bring it stateside (as a 4-door Toyota and not just as the tC). Toyota is probably just worried that it would eat into Camry sales, but since small is in these days it could probably steal a few Mazda-6 and similar sales.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is not even close to the size of an Avalon, All Avensis Ive seen have been slightly smaller than a Camry, they dont sell the Camry in the UK.
      The Avensis replaced the Carina many years ago, the Carina was a cheaper Camry at that time.

      This is an awesome looking car. Its no Chevrolet.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This looks so much better than the Camry.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Avensis is the European mid-sized sedan that succeeded the Carina in Europe (called the Corona elsewhere, but not sold in Nth America). It's designed for the European C market (Mondeo, Vectra, Mazda6, Accord Euro/Acura TSX). It was never the Camry (which is a bigger and more expensive car). The V6 Camry is sold in Australia & NZ as the Aurion with slight cosmetic differences (Camry name used for the 4-cyl version, visually identical to Nth America).

      Did someone say TAXI? Well, due to its reliability (but Toyota-bland looks), it has been used a lot as taxis in Europe fitted with the turbodiesel engine, with not as many private buyers (who'd rather have anything from a Mondeo to a Mercedes C-class in its place -- yes, some versions of "prestige" cars are cheap enough overseas; less equipment and smaller engines, but that's fine over there).

      The looks of this car are a major step for Toyota, whose cars in Europe are bought almost solely for dependability than desirability. It's actually stylish.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Flagrent rip off of the Chevy Malibu.

      Like most Toyota products, it'll cost more, be less reliable, and get worse fuel economy than the comperable GM product.

      The press will rave over it.

        • 6 Years Ago
        WTF .. to continue the theme... apparently you people are visually and spatially inept. That car looks nothing like the malibu. Absolutely nothing. It has a completely different roof line, it has small windows in the front a-pilars like a civic, it has rear lights most similar to a mazda 6 and enough different details to keep even the most amatuer car enthusiast from confusing it with anything else out there. Seriously im not a toyota fan boy i just cannot see how anyone other than a chevy fanboy would insist this thing looks like a malibu. Here let me illustrate. That car looks nothing like this car..like to silver malibu from roughly same angle

        http://www.edmunds.com/apps/vdpcontainers/do/MediaNav/year=2008/make=chevrolet/model=malibu/firstNav=Gallery/photoId=20149408#

        But hey that malibu does look an awful lot like this car that was out earlier...

        http://www.edmunds.com/apps/vdpcontainers/do/MediaNav/year=2008/make=toyota/model=avalon/firstNav=Gallery/photoId=20165425#

        i dont think anyone is copying anyone here chevy or toyota. I just hate it that everyone is a blind designer that claims X car looks like personal fanboy favorite Y car. its just dumb
        • 6 Years Ago
        Most of the lines you mention already existed on the older Avenesis so if they really share similar swoops then Chevy knocked it off the Avenesis.

        This isn't a brand new car out of nowhere, it's a new generation of a car that's been around for a long time.
        It honestly looks like a more aggressive avenesis.
        • 6 Years Ago
        WTF?? are you blind there Toyota fanboy? The roofline, beltline, rear bumper fascia are all strikingly derivitive of the Malibu.

        • 6 Years Ago
        WTF are you talking about. Do we even live in the same universe here?? Nothing about that looks like any chevy ever created except maybe the friggin tires. Seriously go away you GM troll.
      • 6 Years Ago
      that wouldve made a good looking corolla ( if it were smaller of course)
        • 6 Years Ago
        Uhh...if ANY of Toyota's NA American offerings look like this, I wouldn't have such a problem with them.

        Heck, make the Yaris, Corolla, Camry AND Avalon look like this think.

        Why the heck does Toyota give other countries great looking cars and we are stuck with the frumpy grandma mobiles?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Um, the Avensis is a renamed Camry in some overseas markets (like Oz) - not an Avalon. In other markets, Toyota uses the Avensis bodywork but the Camry nameplate.

      Prior to this refresh, the differences are in the front and rear bumpers/lights. The Avensis looks much better (imho) than the NA Camry.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Um yeah, and just disregard all the typos. It's too early in the morning...

        BTW, I miss the 1990s Euro Camry wagon, that thing was huge. Too bad the Japanese didn't have TDIs back then.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The European Avensis is not a renamed Camry. It fills a similar role here than the Camry does in the US, true. But it's one size smaller than a Camry. The Avensis is the successor to the 1990s Carina which was one step below the Camry which we still had in Europe back then.
        The Avensis is midsize, competeing with the Mondeo, Laguna, Octavia, etc.
        The Camry was a full size sedan and has dissapeared form the (german) market in the late 90s and early 2000s together will almost all other full size imports.
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