Toyota Motor Sales USA will launch the US-designed and built 2009 Venza crossover sedan at the 2008 Detroit motor show.

The company announced no details other than that the Venza would be a blend of sedan and sport utility vehicle with five seats, easy entrance and exit, a car-like ride and "functional utility".

It will be assembled in Georgetown, Kentucky.

The new model seems to have caught US observers by surprise as a brief check of consumer websites based there produced few extra details.

The Car Connection said the choice of Georgetown suggested the Venza would share the drivetrains used in the Avalon/Camry also built there.

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