2009 Toyota Venza

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Make: Toyota
Model: Venza V6
Engine: 3.5 litre V6
Aspiration: Natural
Maximum Power: 268 hp (200 kW) @ 6200 rpm
Maximum Torque: 246 lb-ft (333 Nm) @ 4700 rpm
Transmission: Six-speed automatic
Drivetrain: All-wheel drive

The New 2009 Toyota Venza

Toyota Press Release
3 November 2008

The new 2009 Toyota Venza, set to launch in late 2008, is a versatile five-passenger vehicle that couples the styling and comfort of a passenger car with the flexibility of a sport utility vehicle (SUV), to give customers a stylish alternative to the traditional sedan.

With excellent fuel economy, innovative design, outstanding front and rear headroom and excellent value, Venza raises the bar for ride comfort and utility.

“Venza establishes an exciting new direction in passenger car design that will combine the finest attributes of Toyota’s diverse vehicle lineup,” said Bob Carter, Toyota Division group vice president and general manager. “It caters to buyers who are looking for the value and reliability of a Camry, the comfort and upscale refinement of an Avalon, and the utility and flexibility of a Highlander in one very stylish and sporty package.

“When it goes on sale, the Venza will represent Toyota’s latest commitment to driving change in the marketplace.”

The Venza is targeted at an emerging section of the market that prioritizes sleek styling, excellent handling and road manners, combined with a surprising amount of utility. Specifically, Venza offers bold and expressive styling; on-road performance; luxurious and refined interior; and SUV-like flexibility such as all-wheel drive (AWD), foldable rear seats, large cargo area, higher driver sightline, and up to 3,500 lbs. towing.

The overall dimensions are unique as well. Ease of entry and exit is achieved by lowering the rocker panels and narrowing the doorsills. As a result, the sweeping integrated rocker panels give great ingress/egress, yet the sightline is higher than Camry. The rear load-in height is lower than Camry and almost as low as the Sienna van.

In addition to an array of standard equipment, Venza will use a single grade strategy with simplified packages and stand-alone options that will include an impressive list of comfort and utility features. Many are new to the Toyota lineup and typically found on luxury vehicles. Some of the features include: high intensity discharge headlamps with an automatic high beam feature that detects oncoming vehicles and automatically switches the headlamps from high to low-beam; chrome-accented door handles on the front side doors that lock and unlock all four doors and rear hatch door; panoramic roof with power tilt/slide function and a separate fixed glass panel over the rear seats; and power windows with auto up/down function and jam protection on all four doors.

Other firsts include a multi-information display that can be customized to adjust the font size and content. The navigation voice instructions are available in Spanish, French or English. Venza is the first Toyota passenger car to offer Star Safety as standard equipment for all models.

Venza’s blending of car-like handling and SUV cargo capacity demonstrates not only the current state of Toyota’s product development process, but also a tangible sign of where Toyota’s design philosophy is heading. Designers and engineers sought to create a new car which provides enhanced interior utility and improved dynamic performance when compared to sedans or midsize SUVs. The result is a package with an aggressive stance and a more engaging driving experience.

All aspects of Venza’s engineering and design were targeted specifically for the North American market, where it will be sold exclusively. Venza was primarily engineered at Toyota Technical Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. The design was the creation of Toyota’s Calty Design studios in Newport Beach, Calif. and Ann Arbor, Mich. Venza will be assembled at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK), in Georgetown, Ky., home of the Camry, Solara and Avalon. More than seventy percent of its components will come from North American suppliers.

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