Toyota announced plans after its unveiling of the 2013 Toyota Avalon at the New York Auto Show that they would be adding up to 150 engineering jobs at their Ann Arbor and Saline, Detroit plants. This news comes after Toyota announced that the 2013 Avalon will be both designed and produced predominantly in the United States, including a large proportion of domestic auto parts for the full sized luxury sedan, estimated by some to be comprised of up to 85 percent American-made car parts.
Of the 2013 Avalon's radical design, Toyota Motors USA's vice president Bob Carter states "it's a car that captures Toyota President Akio Toyoda's vision for more exciting cars" (source: freep.com).
President of Toyota's technical center, Seiya Nakao, also commented on Toyota's commitment to the Detroit area's automotive dominance: "the hiring of 150 new engineers this year at (Toyota Technical Center) gives us renewed confidence that our local operation has the experience and leadership to lead us into the future" (source: freep.com).
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