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Camry: Goes Hybrid

Toyota Camry has been the best selling car in America for several years. This sedan debuted for the 1983 model year replacing the rear-wheel-drive Corona

There have been several redesigns and revisions over the years. The Toyota Camry Hybrid is a hybrid version of the Camry sedan. It is a 4 door, 5 passenger family sedan, available in one trim only, the 4 Door Sedan. It is a new addition to the Camry lineup which has good quality and reliability with increased fuel efficiency.

“The Camry Hybrid is equipped with a standard 2.4 liter, I4, 192 horsepower, hybrid engine that achieves 33 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. A variable speed automatic transmission with overdrive is standard.” Reviewers state that the Camry Hybrid is a good performer and one of the most fuel-efficient mid-size vehicles around. The driving experience in the Camry Hybrid is as excellent as a normal sedan. ‘Most of the time you can quite simply forget that you’re driving a hybrid’

In terms of exterior design the Camry Hybrid does not stand out, unlike the Prius. Its physical appeal is similar to a conventional Camry’s outfit.

The Camry has a moon roof which is something unavailable on the Prius. It also has a side glass that arcs inward as it rises, suggesting a canopy

2008 Camry Hybrid is a comfortable vehicle that’s packed with all new auto body parts.

The driving position is excellent. Even with the optional navigation system, remarkably few buttons are needed to operate this complex machine. Riding this car gives a feeling of comfort with the windshield and dashboard pushed forward and out of your face.

Interior features include: an audio control surrounded by a beautiful translucent blue trim; a JBL audio system, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob, an electro-chromic rearview mirror, and a garage door opener.

The 2008 Toyota Camry Hybrid does very well in government crash tests. According to, the 2008 Camry Hybrid earned five out of five stars for both frontal and side impact tests.

“The new Camry Hybrid has traction control, vehicle stability control, anti-lock brakes with brake assist and electronic brake force distribution, as well as a tire-pressure monitor.” The Camry also crumple zones that are designed to absorb collision impact. It also has all kind of airbag that exists in all conventional sedans.

“The 2008 Toyota Camry Hybrid ranks 2 out of 25 Affordable Midsize Cars.”

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Ford’s Camry Killing Fusion Hybrid Rolls Out

Unlike General Motors and Chrysler which have chose not to hold press conferences at this year’s L.A. Auto Show, Ford is using the show as an opportunity to roll out several new models including the Ford Mustang, Lincoln MKZ, Mercury Milan and the Ford Fusion. The centerpiece of the automaker’s next generation Fusion and Milan is hybrid technology, a first for Ford’s popular mid-size sedans.

The hybrid model is the biggest newsmaker as the 2.5L engine (paired with a six-speed automatic transmission) gets class leading city fuel economy, what Ford says will be 6 mpg better than the comparable sized Toyota Camry Hybrid. If that assertion holds up, then the Ford Fusion/Mercury Milan Hybrid will return 39 mpg in the city based on the 2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid’s EPA certified fuel economy of 33 mpg. In other words, the Ford twins will have the best city fuel economy of any car on the road, even beating out the Smart ForTwo and any diesel or other hybrid model.

For the driver who prefers something besides a gas-electric hybrid, the Ford twins offer three engine choices when the new models go on sale in Spring 2009: a 2.5L I4, 3.0L Flexfuel V6, and a 3.5L V6. Across the entire model line, six speed automatic transmissions are standard, helping to maximize fuel economy with these five passenger sedans. Ford says that this new combination will increase fuel economy by 17% with the base engine and 10% for the other engines, a trend in the right direction for an automaker scrambling to provide a much more fuel efficient fleet of passenger vehicles.

Will the Fusion Hybrid be the death of the Toyota Camry? Not hardly. The Camry remains the best selling car in America with approximately 500,000 units sold in good years.  However, Ford is making a strong case for buyers to consider the Fusion given that the Camry offers just a five-speed automatic transmission and its own hybrid now trails the Fusion in city fuel economy.

For Ford, which is reeling under stiff financial pressure, the new models cannot come soon enough. Perhaps consumers will sit up and take notice that Ford is in the fuel savings game to win.

By: Toyota USA Blog

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Insurance Discounts for Hybrids?

With a refreshed style, a spiffier new electric motor, and a total cost of ownership of roughly $20,900 (based on average insurance cost, depreciation and other factors (for the base hatchback, as outlined by Motor Trend), the 2010 Toyota Prius, is one of the most iconic, and one of the most desired of all hybrid cars on the market. After all, driving a hybrid saves you money on fuel, allows you to know that you’re causing less damage to the environment, and in some states, it qualifies you to drive in the car pool, diamond, or HOV (high occupancy vehicle) lanes without passengers – without a penalty. There is also still some tax credit money floating around for savvy shoppers in states that aren’t hybrid-saturated already.

Even with all these benefits, however, insurance is still one of the more expensive aspects of Prius-ownership. While more and more data is being amassed, these cars are still considered “risky” from actuarial standpoints, and their specialized parts also increase your premium, because they can’t be fixed at just any repair shop.

The good news is that there are ways to save money when insuring your Prius – or any other hybrid car. First, you should know that, while it’s not yet an industry standard, most major insurance companies offer hybrid car insurance discounts of up 7-10%. Shop around until you find one, then discuss the following money-saving tips that are applicable to any car, hybrid or not, and more likely to be applicable to drivers of alternative-fuel vehicles.

  • Mature Driver: Hybrid drivers tend to be people who are already well-established in life. If you’re a driver of a certain age, you may qualify for a discount.
  • Low Mileage: If you drive fewer than 14,000 miles a year, you may be able to save money on insurance.
  • Auto/Home/Life Bundling: By having one company carry all of your insurance, you stand to earn a hefty discount on all of the policies you have. Even if you don’t have life insurance, you should consider bundling your homeowners and auto policies.
  • Anti-theft Devices: Is your Prius fitted with LoJack or another tracking device, or does it have an alarm system? If so you may be able to save money on  insurance.
  • Defensive Driving: Even hybrid drivers have to deal with other traffic. Take a defensive driving class to refresh your skills, and you could get a discount of 3-5% that lasts for three years, at which point you can take another class.
  • Safe Storage: As a Prius driver, you’re more likely to live in a single family home with a locked garage, and that home is likely to be in a low-risk zip code. All of these factors combine to help lower your insurance, though they’re not, strictly speaking, a discount.
  • A Higher Deductible: As the owner of a hybrid car, you’re more likely to have a decent amount of liquid cash. Put this to work by increasing the size of your deductible. An increase from $200 to $500 will reduce your premium by up to 30%, and bumping that deductible up to $1,000 can reduce what you spend by 40% or more.

While hybrid cars are often given an instant discount, the tips above are really about the hybrid driver, which makes sense. After all, it’s the driver who chooses the car.  

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2008 Toyota Camry Hybrid Review – a Review of the 2008 Toyota Camry Hybrid Automobile

The 2008 Toyota Camry Hybrid is both technologically advanced and practical, with several new features that make the model a vehicle of safety and convenience. Impressive new features include the standard Smart Key System, which automatically unlocks the door as the driver approaches, and also continually variable transmission, which allows for smoother shifting on the drive.

The 2008 Camry Hybrid offers several standard safety features, including front, side and rear curtain airbags, and tire-pressure monitoring. Its novel Vehicle Stability Control assists drivers in maintaining control during adverse conditions. The Camry Hybrid, though sleek, contains a family-friendly design. It comes standard with child-protector rear door locks and a rear seat Child Restraint System, which lowers anchors and top tether brackets.

Halogen headlamps, a power sliding moonroof and a blackout sport grill add to the striking appearance of the Camry Hybrid. Convenient features include heated outside mirrors and integrated front fog lamps.

For interior comfort, there’s heated front seats, air conditioning and a 60/40 fold-down rear seat. The Camry Hybrid comes standard with an AM/FM CD player with WMA/MP3 playback capability and an in-glass antenna. Other options include a JBL 6-disc in-dash changer and satellite radio capability. Bluetooth capability, wireless technology, and up to six speakers for optimum FM quality also are available.

Toyota includes in each Camry Hybrid a multi-information display with ECO Drive Level, hybrid system energy flow, outside temperature, average fuel economy, driving range, average speed and travel distance since start. The Camry Hybrid’s system runs on 187-horse power, making it a powerful ride for a smaller vehicle. Another payoff is the fuel economy, with the Camry Hybrid getting 33/34 mpg.

Toyota’s 2008 Camry Hybrid is a vehicle combining safety, practicality and affordability, making it likely a top-buy for next year’s consumer.

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Toyota Camry Hybrid Tops Safety Rating

All-new Toyota Camry Hybrid, the powerful redesigned version of a 4-door sedan, tops the safety rating for front and side crash protection. It was rated five out of five stars safety rating. 2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid was given seven standard airbags which include knee airbag. The latter is also used to keep the driver in the right seat position in case of frontal crash.

Aside from its safety rating, the most obvious difference of Toyota Camry is the drive feel. In its newest version, said car was made more refined and quiet. With just a touch of the standard push-button, the driver can experience the difference. However, the downside of it is passed on to the pedestrians. The latter must be cautious enough to notice Camry Hybrid coming up from behind.

The car is equipped with .4-liter, I4, 192-horsepower, hybrid engine that yields 40-mpg in the city and 38-mpg on the highway. Camry Hybrid is given the latest Hybrid Synergy Drive system with state-of-the art electronics that is capable of mixing electric power with gas engine power, when needed. The 105-kilowatt electric motor can instantly yield 199 pound-feet of torque for easy and smooth acceleration. Camry Hybrid is also given a quieter interior for a more tranquil ride.

Compared to Toyota Prius, which has a combined 110 hp from its electric or gas system and a 5-door hatchback design, Camry Hybrid serves less mileage. The ratings for Prius are 60 mpg city/51 mpg highway.

Camry Hybrid weighs 3,680 pounds. Said car weighs less than Prius and Accord. Its trunk space loses approximately 4.6 cubic feet than the gasoline-only Camry. To reduce the trunk space, the battery pack is placed behind the rear seats.

So far, Camry Hybrids have more than 17, 300 sales just for this year. The suggested retail price of Camry Hybrid is $26,480. It includes continuously variable transmission (CVT), up level ergonomics and amenities like the 8-way power driver’s seat.

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Toyota Camry – Cng Plus Hybrid Power Equals Wow!

Of all of the hundreds of vehicles on display at the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show, one of the most intriguing to me was the compressed natural gas powered Toyota Camry Hybrid concept. Toyota, which had a press conference for their luxury Lexus brand during the press days which I attended (but not for Toyota or Scion) still managed to display the hybrid Camry, a car not like any other one at the show. But, the concept Camry could one day prove to be a very popular model if certain energy initiatives come to pass. Please read on to learn about the natural gas powered Camry and how this car could revolutionize the way that we drive.

Toyota is a leader when it comes to hybrid technology, producing the gas-electric Prius and other models including the Camry. But, a natural gas-electric hybrid Camry is a new idea, one that hasn’t been considered for production until now.

According to Toyota, compressed natural gas produces lower particulate emissions, nitrous oxide, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and non-methane organic gases and less CO2 per unit of energy when compared to gasoline. It can also run at higher compression ratio and is quickly dispersed into the atmosphere should a leak occur.

Best of all, natural gas is one resource in abundant supply in the US and costs as much as 40% less than gasoline. So, why aren’t natural gas cars being produced?

That’s easy: the infrastructure for natural gas is currently not in place, with fewer than 1000 refueling stations nationwide. Under half of those stations aren’t open to the public, making refueling difficult if not impossible in some areas of the country.

If the federal government commits to expanding our natural gas infrastructure then the chances of the Toyota CNG hybrid going into production improves. This is something the next Administration will want to tackle as natural gas burns cleaner and reduces our dependency on foreign sources of oil, especially oil purchased from countries who are openly hostile to our way of life.

The displayed Camry concept is powered by the standard 2.4L, 4-cylinder engine found in base model Camry’s today. With Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive, the gasoline fuel system is replaced with a compressed natural gas system, the main difference between the two hybrid Camry models.

Producing 170 horsepower, the CNG Camry Hybrid would get nearly identical fuel economy to the gas electric Hybrid, 33 combined fuel economy. Two compressed natural gas fuel tanks are stored in the spare tire well area of the car, safely removing the tanks from view. To make up for a lack of a spare tire, Toyota outfitted the Camry with Bridgestone run flat tires, but I could see a spare tire holder fitted into the trunk lid which would be a smart as well as attractive touch for the CNG hybrid Camry.

Alas, the CNG hybrid Camry will not go into production anytime soon, other than perhaps for regional availability in markets such as Southern California which can support these types of vehicles. With gas prices being so low again, a compressed natural gas car isn’t ideal right now but it could be when gas prices start climbing again next Spring. By then, the Obama Administration may have a new energy policy in place, one that embraces alternative fuel sources including compressed natural gas.

Copyright 2008-2012 — Matthew C. Keegan is the owner of a successful writing and marketing business based in North Carolina, USA. He manages several websites and is a contributing writer for Andy’s Auto Sport, a retailer of quality body kits and other fine aftermarket parts.

By: Toyota USA Blog

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Toyota Hybrids Sale Hits 1 Million

Zeke Gervis asked:

A decade since the first Prius hit the market (in Japan) Toyota’s global sales of hybrid vehicles have now reached a landmark 1 million, highlighting the giant Japanese automaker’s lead in “green” technology that has changed the face of the auto industry.

In a statement released Thursday last week, Toyota says it has sold 577,311 gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles in the USA from mid-2000, when it launched the Prius here, through May. Toyota’s worldwide sales of gas-and-electric-powered vehicles totaled 1.047 million as of the end of May. Nearly 345,000 of those were sold in Japan.

Sales of Toyota hybrids have climbed from 18,000 in 1998 to 312,500 last year, the company said.

Demand for hybrids, which deliver superior mileage by switching between a gasoline engine and electric motor, has soared amid higher fuel prices and greater consumer concern about pollution and global warming.

Toyota’s dominance in the category has caused Detroit’s automakers to follow with their own versions and to depend less on lower-mileage SUVs as the main engine for their profits.

The Prius is the hands-down leader in the category, with a total of 757,600 units sold since its 1997 introduction in Japan. Toyota began selling the Prius in North America, Europe and other places in 2000. Last year, the model made up an amazing more than 40 percent of hybrid sales in the U.S.

The Prius, which gets 55 miles a gallon on combined city and highway driving conditions, has been enormously popular as a mid-size sedan, a best-selling vehicle category.

Although most automakers are now working on hybrids, Toyota has the advantage of almost 10 years of experience in selling the technology, as well as in using feedback from drivers to make improvements, rather than relying on information from labs.

Toyota believes hybrid technology is the way of the future. It offers several other hybrid models, including the hybrid Camry and hybrid Lexus models.

“Hybrids will play a key role throughout our lineup,” Toyota spokesman Paul Nolasco said. “That means all vehicle categories.”

The company also started domestic sales of its most expensive hybrid, the 15 million yen — or about $124,000 at current exchange rates — Lexus LS 600h, which is also equipped with top of the line Lexus parts like the Lexus oxygen sensor. It will be exported over the summer, according to Toyota.

Not all hybrids however, enjoy the fortune like Toyota. Earlier this week, Honda Motor Co. said it will discontinue the hybrid version of its Accord sedans, which sold poorly because it didn’t fit the customer demand profile of the smallest, least expensive hybrids with the highest gas mileage.

Meanwhile, hybrid sport-utility vehicles have struggled in sales compared to the Prius, partly because an SUV doesn’t have a green image to start with, according to analysts.

Sales of Toyota’s RX400h hybrid SUV, sold as the Harrier in Japan, have reached 85,000 worldwide since it was introduced in 2005. Another hybrid SUV, the Highlander, or Kluger in Japan, has sold 67,000 over the same period.

The Prius, by contrast, has sold 478,800 units since the start of 2005.

Among American automakers, Ford Motor Co. offers the hybrid Escape sport-utility vehicle and General Motors Corp. sells the hybrid Saturn Vue Green Line sport-utility vehicle and hybrid trucks.

New hybrids are also reportedly in the works for GM this year – the automaker has promised four: two-mode gas-electric systems in the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon large sport utility vehicles, and hybrid systems for the Saturn Aura and new Chevrolet Malibu sedans.

The next innovation in hybrids is expected to come from a new type of battery, called the lithium-ion battery, which will be smaller and lighter than the nickel-metal hydride batteries Toyota now uses for its hybrids.

A major breakthrough is needed to switch to lithium-ion batteries, now widely used in laptops, to make them power cars.

Mitsuo Kinoshita, a senior Toyota executive, has reportedly told reporters that the Japanese automaker was still working on developing a lithium-ion battery system for the next-generation Prius.

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Toyota Hybrid X

Prototype presented in the Geneva Car Show (March, 9th, 2007)

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Does the Toyota Prius really pollute more that it saves?

It’s Question and Answer time again, Mark asks:
I heard that the Prius’ battery or something causes more environmental harm than helping it, and that the Hummer is more cost/waste efficient that the Prius. Is this true?

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Toyota’s Winning Trio in Canadian Car of the Year Awards


Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) members pick Camry LE, Camry Hybrid and RAV4 as category winners for the 2007 Canadian Car of the Year. Toyota Trio were given the top honors. Toyota Camry LE won in the Best New Family Car, Toyota Camry Hybrid, in the Best New Family Car, and Toyota RAV4 V6 Sport in the Best New SUV/CUV category.

“Toyota is very happy to accept these awards and on behalf of everyone at Toyota in Canada, I’d like to thank AJAC’s members for these honors,” said Stephen Beatty, Managing Director at Toyota Canada Inc. “The Toyota Camry is North America’s most popular passenger car. The Toyota Camry Hybrid represents an important evolution of gasoline-electric hybrid technology in the second most popular market segment in Canada. And the redesigned Toyota RAV4 will be manufactured in Woodstock, Ontario when our new assembly plant, currently under construction, begins production in 2008.”

Toyota Camry, a midsize car built in Georgetown, Kentucky plant, is the best-selling car in the United States for 8 of the last 9 years starting in 1997. Now in its sixth generation, auto parts for Toyota Camry have been notably redesigned though the length of the car remained unchanged. Kentucky plant produces approximately 45,000 Camrys annually.

Toyota Camry OEM parts boast functionality and style. The new Camry is also being manufactured by Toyota Motor Corporation Australia. The new generation Camry in Australia went on sale last August. Its model range is composed of the Altise, Ateva, Sportivo and Grande.

This year, Toyota created a hybrid version of Camry. It was introduced alongside with the redesigned Camry. The car employs Hybrid Synergy Drive setup, which is identical to that of Prius, Highlander Hybrid and Lexus RX 400h. Camry Hybrid uses a 4-cylinder gasoline engine that is capable of producing 192 horsepower. Standard features of the Camry Hybrid include knee airbags, side torso airbags and side-curtain airbags, remote entry and start.

Toyota RAV4, on the other hand, is a compact crossover SUV which was significantly redesigned for the 2006 model year. For now, Toyota RAV4 auto parts are assembled in the automaker’s Tahara, Aichi, Japan assembly plant. However, the assembly is expected to be transferred in Woodstock, Ontario, Canada assembly plant when the latter comes online.

“These three vehicles are extremely important to Toyota’s vision of the future of personal transportation in Canada,” Mr. Beatty continued. “Therefore, we’re pleased that they have been selected by AJAC’s members as the best in their respective categories.”

AJAC is an association composed of professional journalists, writers and photographers who are responsible for the coverage in Canada’s auto industry.