According to Wes Johnson, general manager at Menlove Toyota, this should be one of the most exciting shows that Toyota has appeared in.
Menlove, in the car business for 30 years in Bountiful, still considered the "last of the little guys," will be offering special incentives on both Toyota trucks and Camrys.Trucks, said Johnson, will be sold right at factory invoice, "and to make sure we will be showing people the actual invoice there at the show."
The show, of course, is the Salt Lake 500 New Car Sell-Off going on at the Salt Palace Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Special incentive programs from Toyota on Camry will allow people to buy at very low prices. Johnson said inventory and selection on the Camry is very good.
Looking at the Toyota models in the show, there will be:
- The Camry is being produced in the U.S. for increased availability now. This year it will offer an extended line of models.
Camry's diverse model line-up is enhanced with the addition of a newly available automatic transmission on the Camry All-Trac Sedan, which features full-time all-wheel-drive.
Powering Camry is a twin-cam, 16-valve, electronically fuel-injected 2.0-liter engine producing 115 horsepower. Interior comfort have been enhanced with new fabrics, improved switch location and easy to read gauges. A new audio system has been designed for operating ease and improved sound. Four new exterior colors are also available.
- The Cressida luxury sedan comes with a 24-valve, six-cylinder engine that produces 190 horsepower. A fully independent suspension give it a sports-car handling ride.
Interior appointments include tilt-telescopic steering wheel, automatic air conditioning and an audiophil-quality six-speaker audio system with optional CD player. Optional equipment includes anti-lock brakes, power moonroof and leather interior.
- The MR2 continues to be Toyota's fun-to-drive two-seat, mid-engine sports car with the option of a supercharged engine.
Introduced last year, Toyota's first supercharged engine for the U.S. market also is the first mass-produced supercharged powerplant sold in the U.S. For '89, MR2 supercharged is equipped with a new rear stabilizer bar for even better handling.
Its 1.6-liter, 16-valve, twin-cam engine utilizes a boot-type supercharger with an air-to-air intercooler that boosts the regular 115 horsepower up to 145. It also increases low rpm performance. It moves from zero to 60 mph in under seven seconds.
- Toyota's performance flagship, the Supra, returns in 1989 with a slightly more potent optional engine and exterior and interior improvements.
Under the hood is the intercooled, turbocharged Supra engine with 230 horsepower. Its power steering is now speed-sensitive and progressive. It provides a better on-center steering feel and more predictable turn-in effort.
Exterior refinements include a new face - bumper, grill, hood. Interior upgrades include a new steering wheel with a thicker grip, relocated cruise control switches and changed instrument panel. A six-speaker audio system is standard as is its anti-theft circuitry that renders the unit useless if removed from the car.