The Toyota Camry (/ˈkæmri/; Japanese: トヨタ・カムリ Toyota Kamuri) is an automobile sold internationally by the Japanese manufacturer Toyota since 1982, spanning multiple generations. Originally compact in size (narrow-body), later Camry models have grown to fit the mid-size classification (wide-body)—although the two sizes co-existed in the 1990s. Since the release of the wide-bodied versions, Camry has been extolled by Toyota as the firm’s second “world car” after the Corolla. In Japan, Camry is exclusive to Toyota Corolla Store retail dealerships. Narrow-body cars also spawned a rebadged sibling in Japan, the Toyota Vista (トヨタ・ビスタ)—also introduced in 1982 and sold at Toyota Vista Store locations. Diesel fuel versions have previously retailed at Toyota Diesel Store.
When Toyota launched their luxury Lexus brand in 1989, it offered a close derivative of the Camry/Vista hardtop sedan as the Lexus ES. The relationship continues to this day, but over the generations, the ES—sold as the Toyota Windom in Japan from 1991 through to 2005—gravitated further away from its Camry brethren. Between 2000 and 2010 and since 2012, Daihatsu has offered a badge-engineered Camry as the Daihatsu Altis (ダイハツ・アルティス) sold only in Japan. Badge engineering has also occurred in Australia with the Holden Apollo between 1989 and 1996. From 1993, Toyota Australia badged V6-engined versions as Camry Vienta, becoming Toyota Vienta in 1995 until the badge’s departure in 2000. Between 2006-2017, the Toyota Aurion model from Australia was derived from the V6 Camry, but with revised front-end and rear-end styling treatment and a partially refurbished cabin.
The XV50 Camry was produced from 21 August 2011, introduced on 23 August 2011, and began U.S. sales in September 2011.The interior received a major restyling, while the exterior received all-new sheet metal and more angular styling.
The US Camry carried over three different engine choices from the previous model. Starting with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder hybrid model rated at 149 kW (200 hp), a 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine rated at 133 kW (178 hp) and 230 N⋅m (170 lb⋅ft), and a 3.5-liter V6 rated at 200 kW (268 hp) and 336 N⋅m (248 lb⋅ft). Power output has been increased mostly by switching to electro-hydraulic power steering. The trim levels include the L, LE, SE, XLE, SE V6, XLE V6, Hybrid LE, Hybrid XLE and for 2014 a Hybrid SE model. All models except for the hybrids are standard with six-speed automatic transmissions. No manual transmissions are offered. Hybrids are equipped with an eCVT transmission. The SE model gets paddle shifters, and a stiffer suspension. The new model has increased fuel economy due to lighter weight, a sleeker body, and low rolling-resistance tires.
A major facelift released to North America in April 2014 for the 2015 model year updated most of the exterior panels.
The US-built Toyota Camry took the top spot in 2015 and 2016 as the most American-Made car with over 75 percent of its parts and manufacturing coming from the United States.
The latest Camry, which is the eighth generation of the global Camry model, and known as the XV70 was introduced at the January 2017 North American International Auto Show. It was launched in Japan on 10 July 2017 and in Australia on 21 November 2017. North American production started in June 2017 and sales began in late July 2017. Due to the need to equip Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky with new equipment for Toyota New Global Architecture, a small portion of the initial North American production was sourced from the Tsutsumi plant in Japan. Once TMMK is completely retooled for the new Camry, North American production will come exclusively from TMMK. Australian models are now sourced from Japan as Toyota’s Altona, Victoria plant has been closed, marking the end of local Toyota production dating back 55 years.
The XV70 Camry was launched in Thailand on 29 October 2018. It was also revealed for the Malaysian market on 1 November 2018 and launched on 22 November 2018 at the Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show. In the Philippines, it was launched on 10 December 2018. It was also launched in Indonesia on 8 January 2019, in Singapore on 10 January 2019 at the Singapore Motorshow, in India and Brunei on 18 January 2019 and in Vietnam on 23 April 2019. It has been available in Western Europe since April 2019, replacing the Avensis.
The XV70 Camry is built on Toyota New Global Architecture Platform, which is shared with the latest Toyota Prius hybrid liftback and Toyota C-HR crossover SUV.
Each trim level will feature a different front fascia to differentiate it from other Camry models.
Trim levels for the North American Camry include L, LE, SE, XLE, XSE, XLE V6 and XSE V6, as well as LE, SE and XLE versions of the Camry Hybrid.
Trim levels for the Australian Camry include Ascent, Ascent Sport, SX and SL, as well as Ascent, Ascent Sport and SL versions of the Camry Hybrid.
Trim levels for the Thai market Camry include 2.0 G, 2.5 G, 2.5 HV and 2.5 HV Premium, while the Malaysian Camry is only available in 2.5 V trim. Trim levels for the Philippine Camry include 2.5 G and 2.5 V. Trim levels for the Indonesian Camry include 2.5 G and 2.5 V, as well as the Camry Hybrid. Trim levels for the Vietnamese Camry include 2.0 G and 2.5 Q. In Singapore, the Camry is offered in 2.0-litre and 2.5-litre engine options. Only the Camry Hybrid is offered in India. In Brunei, the Camry is only offered in 2.5-litre engine option. For the Chinese market, trim levels consist of 2.0 G, 2.0 E, 2.0 S, 2.5 G, 2.5 Q, 2.5 S, 2.5 HG and 2.5 HQ. Engine choice consisted of the 6AR-FSE, the A25A and the A25B. The 6AR-FSE engine was replaced for the 2019 model year with the 2 litre M20A-FKS, which also powers the Toyota Corolla (E210). Gearbox choices are a 6-speed automatic for 2.0-litre models, an 8-speed automatic for the 2.5G, Q and S and the CVT gearbox for the 2.5HG and 2.5HQ. Pricing is ranged between CN¥ 179,800 to CN¥ 279,800 (US$26,570 to US$41,360[clarification needed]). In Germany, the Camry Hybrid is offered in Business Edition and Executive trim levels. In the United Kingdom, the Camry Hybrid is offered in Design and Excel trim levels.
Engine choices include a base 2.5 L inline four-cylinder (I4) that now produces 151 kW (203 hp) in base form (155 kW (208 hp) when equipped with the optional quad exhaust), the same 2.5 L inline four-cylinder (I4) engine with an electric motor (Hybrid) that produces 155 kW (208 hp), or the top-of-the-line 3.5 L V6 that produces 224 kW (301 hp). In some markets the old 2.5 L 2AR-FE engine is carried over from the previous generation which produces 133 kW (178 hp).
The only major component that is shared with the previous-generation is the Toyota emblem on the front grille and rear trunk lid.
The Camry would be the first Toyota vehicle to introduce the Entune 3.0 System, which, powered by Linux, will be an “Open-Source” operating system (OS), providing for developers to develop different applications that will work with the new infotainment system.
Transmission choices include a simulated six-speed sequential shift automatic (CVT) for Hybrid models, six-speed automatic for the 2.5L 2AR-FE engine or an eight-speed automatic for other I4 and V6 powered Camrys.
As with all Toyota vehicles, Toyota Safety Sense will come as standard equipment on all Camry models, bringing standard a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, a full-speed radar cruise control, lane departure warning with steering assist, and automatic high beam assist. Optional safety features will include active blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, intelligent clearance sonar, and rear cross-traffic braking.
For the first time in decades, the Camry is available in the US with AWD starting with the 2020 MY. It is available only with the 2.5L engine mated to the automatic transmission.
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