Detroit Auto Show: 2009 Toyota Venza Crossover Sedan To Bow In Detroit

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Toyota announced today that they will be debuting a new crossover sedan at the Detroit Auto Show. We guess they're hoping to expand their narrow offerings and fill that huge hole between the RAV-4, Matrix and Highlander. The new vehicle will be "a unique blend of sedan and sport utility vehicle." Unique? The new Toyota will offer seating for five, a car-like ride and will have some sort of functional utility (err... AWD?). The 2009 Toyota Venza will be built in the Georgetown, Kentucky plant, which currently produces the Camry, Avalon and Solara. We have no spy photos or teases for you, though we'll throw out the FT SX concept from the 2005 Detroit Auto Show as a possible spiritual heir and maybe a replacement for the Highlander. Press release below the jump.

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All-New Toyota Venza Crossover Sedan To Make World Debut At 2008 North American International Auto Show

December 19, 2007 - Torrance, CA - Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., will stage the world premiere of the all-new 2009 Toyota Venza crossover sedan at a press conference at the 2008 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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Venza will be a unique blend of sedan and sport utility vehicle, offering seating for five, easy ingress and egress, a car-like ride and functional utility. Venza was designed and engineered in the United States and will be assembled at Toyota's manufacturing plant in Georgetown, Kentucky.

The press conference will be held on Monday, January 14 at 10:50 AM Eastern Time in the Riverview Ballroom at COBO Center and simulcast live to the Toyota display area at the show. A video clip of the press conference will be available for viewing following the event on the Toyota.com website. [Source: Toyota]

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"BY OBBIE AT 01:14 AM OOOO so thats what this thing is...

Toyota was at my school (Lawrence Tech) taking pictures of this vehicle by one of our buildings. Apparently because they liked the design of the building. Frankly... this vehicle is ugly. There were a few cool styling points on the car but overall is it hideous. I couldn't find a single student who thought the car looked good.

I am sure there will be some type of recall on it with in the first 20,000 units. Its pretty much a requirement nowadays for any new Toyota release."

Oh Obbie...a recall is such a new thing to Americans manufacturers producing cars in Mexico, huh? Coulda fooled me..anyways, too bad, sooo sad the recalls started happening when Toyota started producing their cars in AMERICA by AMERICAN workers. Not sayin anything...jus sayin.