ANN ARBOR — (WWJ) The Los Angeles Auto Show is in Toyota’s back yard. The company’s North American sales divsion is located in Torrance, California, which is an LA suburb.

In advance of the show, WWJ AutoBeat Reporter Jeff Gilbert sat down with the new General Manager of the Toyota divsion, Bill Fay.

The two talked near Ann Arbor, as Toyota was showing off it’s all new Avalon big car. That vehicle aims to make Toyota a player in the full size car market.

Fay also told Jeff that Toyota’s 2012 success was helped by strong sales of the new Camry and the extension of the Prius from a single vehicle to a full brand.

The Toyota General Manager expects 2013 to see more growth. But, not as much growth as we saw in 2012. He says pent-up demand will keep sales rising, whethe or not there’s a solution to the “fiscal cliff” crisis in Washington.

Toyota says it will unveil the fourth generation of its RAV 4 small SUV at the Los Angeles Auto Show.  Fay also saying Toyota will again have a big presence at January’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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