CARLSBAD, California — Toyota Motor Corp. is lavishing loving attention on its second-generation '00 mid-luxury full-size Avalon sedan — already so roomy and sedate that it was referred to by industry wags as ‘Toyota's Buick’ when it was introduced five years ago. Toyota takes the comparison as a compliment. “The new Avalon is a true American car,” says Steve Sturm, vice president of marketing for Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A (TMS) Inc. “It was the first Toyota vehicle to be built ...

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