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Tue Mar 19, 2013 9:42am EDT

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ATLANTA,  March 19, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- The all-new  Toyota Avalon Hybrid  was
named the "Best Green Car" at the  2013 Atlanta International Auto Show  by the 
Greater Atlanta Automotive Media Association  (GAAMA).  

(Photo:  http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130319/CL79578  )

The group of automotive journalists has been awarding "best of show" vehicles
for four years running, said  Davis Adams, president of GAAMA. "The Avalon is an
impressive option in the green car category, with size, luxury and fuel
efficiency that make it a standout in a segment otherwise crowded with smaller
economy cars," Adams said.  

The Avalon's Hybrid Synergy Drive uses a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that
employs the  Atkinson  cycle to postpone closure of the intake valves and delay
the compression cycle, helping reduce intake and exhaust energy losses to
improve fuel efficiency. Reduced weight, clean aerodynamics and an efficient
Hybrid drivetrain combine to give this sedan a combined 40 mpg EPA-rating (40
city/39 hwy). Taking the Avalon's 17-gallon fuel tank into consideration, the
Avalon Hybrid can offer a range of more than 600 miles per tank.

"The 2013 Avalon was built to be a world-class sedan, with new levels of
excitement, dynamic capability and refinement," said  Bryan Robinson, area sales
manager for Southeast Toyota Distributors, who spoke to media at the show.
"Toyota wanted to make a big statement with this car, and awards like this and
the sales numbers tells us that we've made the right combination of superior
styling, exciting design and comfort, all in a very 'green' vehicle."

Designed, developed and assembled in the U.S., the new Avalon Hybrid shares the
same passionate styling, innovation, and an elevated level of craftsmanship as
the gas-only Avalon. So far, the Avalon has been a hit with consumers. Toyota's
flagship sedan saw its sales increase by 63 percent in February, with sales of
5,703 Avalons over the month.

About Toyota  
Toyota (NYSE:TM) established operations in  the United States  in 1957 and
currently operates 10 manufacturing plants.  There are nearly 1,500 Toyota,
Lexus and Scion dealerships in  the United States, which sold more than 2
million vehicles in 2012. Toyota directly employs over 31,000 in  the United
States  and its investment here is currently valued at more than  $19.5 billion,
including sales and manufacturing operations, research and development,
financial services and design. Toyota's annual purchasing of parts, materials,
goods and services from U.S. suppliers totals over  $26.1 billion.  

For more information about Toyota, visit  www.toyota.com, 
www.toyotanewsroom.com  or  www.toyotainaction.com.

SOURCE  Toyota


Patrick Hill, Jackson Spalding for Toyota, +1-404.724.2506,
PatHill@JacksonSpalding.com

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