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2012 Toyota Camry arrives in Australia

2012 Toyota Camry

As you probably know this by now, the 7th generation of the very successful Toyota Camry sedan has been out for a while and the Japanese automaker continues with the car’s global roll out. A few days ago the Camry reached Australia where it will be virtually the same as the North American model, except for a few steering, suspension settings which had to be adopted for the local market. There are also some minor chances as far as the trim, color and interior fabrics are concerned.

2012 Toyota Camry

The car is going to be manufactured in Melbourne where they’ll equip the Camry with a 4-cylinder 2.5-liter gasoline engine, mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox. According to Toyota, the car will be able to have a fuel consumption of 7.8 liters / 100 km, which is 1 liter less than the previous engine.

2012 Toyota Camry

With the launch of this new model, Toyota has introduced two bespoke looks in the form of the entry-level Altise, along with three new Atara configurations. For the Altise, the 2012 Camry’s engine is rated at 178 hp (133 kW) and 213 Nm of torque, while the more expensive Atara comes with twin exhausts that raise the output of the engine to 181 hp (135 kW) and 235 Nm.

2012 Toyota Camry

The starting price in Australia for the 2012 Toyota Camry is AU$30,490, while the top-spec Atara SL costs AU$39,990. In early next year, the Japanese carmaker will bring to Australia the hybrid version of the 2012 Camry.

Source: Toyota via Carscoop

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Global Toyota Camry Unveiled, Looks Better Than U.S. Version

2012 Toyota Camry (Global Version)


It was only a few days ago when Toyota revealed the U.S.-spec Camry and now they’re back with the global version which in humble opinion looks a lot better. It has a more refined appearance with a more generous grille, a different look in the front and the fog lights are now circular. Out in the back, the taillights look different while the bumper has been restyled. The interior cabin looks like one of the ones you’ll find in a Lexus, featuring wood trim and metallic accents.

2012 Toyota Camry (Global Version)


As far as the engines are concerned, the global version of the Toyota Camry will be available with a 4-cylinder 2.5-liter engine and a more powerful V6 3.5-liter unit. No specifications have been released yet but we know that the engines in the North American version output 178 hp (180 PS / 133 kW) and 268 hp (272 PS / 200 kW).

2012 Toyota Camry (Global Version)


Source: Toyota

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2012 Toyota Camry Revealed

2012 Toyota Camry


We’ve seen some spy shots, we’ve heard some rumors, and now we finally get to see it – the 2012 Toyota Camry, officially revealed by the Japanese automaker this week. This would have to be the 7th generation of the model and it scheduled to go on sale in the United States at the start of October.

2012 Toyota Camry


Clients will be able to choose from three engines. The entry-level unit will be an updated 4-cylinder 2.5-liter with 178 hp, which is 9 hp more over the old one, and a peak torque of 170 lb.-ft. According to the manufacturer, the model fitted with this engine will return 25 mpg in the city and 35 on the highway (28 mpg combined), which is a good 2 mpg more in comparison to the outgoing model.

2012 Toyota Camry


Your second option would have to be the mildly tweaked V6 3.5-liter power plant that churns 268 hp @ 6,200 rpm and a peak torque of 248 lb.-ft reached at 4,700 rpm. Toyota says that the car returns 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, while the old generation engine returned 20 mpg city and 29 mpg highway.

2012 Toyota Camry


These two engines are going to be mated to a 6-speed gearbox that comes with a sequential manual shift mode using the console shifter.

2012 Toyota Camry


The third one will be available for the Camry Hybrid and will benefit from a new version of the company’s Hybrid Synergy Drive engine, which includes a brand new 4-cylinder, 2.5-liter Atkinson power unit which will replace the outgoing 2.4-liter engine. The combined output will be of 200 hp, which will be enough for a 0-62 mph sprint in 7.6 seconds. According to Toyota, this greener Camry will do 43 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway, which is 30% better than the old one.

2012 Toyota Camry


A novelty for the Hybrid model will be the EV Drive mode which will allow the person behind the wheel to operate the vehicle solely on the electric motor for up to 1.6 miles at speeds of less than 25 mph.

2012 Toyota Camry


The hybrid variant of the 2012 Toyota Camry will be distinguished by the blue-hued logos of the brand as well as the bespoke alloys and the lower grill. Inside, the car will feature a model-specific trim and upholstery, plus a 3-dial Optitron gauge panel.

2012 Toyota Camry


The car has just about the same size as the model it replaces, but the Japanese car manufacturer said that the rear-knee room has been increased by 1.8 inches and the rear middle seat legroom is also up by two inches. They managed to do this by reshaping the front seatbacks, moving the front seats and the accelerator pedal a little bit forward and repositioning the rear-seat hip point rearward.

2012 Toyota Camry


The 7th generation of the Camry benefits from a more rigid body structure, along with an updated front suspension and a tweaked rear suspension. It is going to be the first model of the company that will come with EPS – electric power steering.

2012 Toyota Camry


Customers will be able to order the car in one of the six different trim levels. Some of the tech goodies offered include the company’s all-new Entune multimedia system that offers support for mobile applications like OpenTable, Bing, movietickets.com, live weather, traffic, stocks, fuel information and sports.

The entry-level 2012 Toyota Camry L fitted with the aforementioned 2.4-liter power unit will have a starting price of $21,955, which is $710 more in comparison to the outgoing model. The Hybrid LE version costs from $25,900, cheaper with $1,150 (4.3%) compared to the 2011MY.

Source: Toyota

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2012 Toyota Camry Leaked

2012 Toyota Camry

After a series of teaser images with the upcoming 2012 Camry, Toyota’s preparations to launch the model have been spoiled by a French-Canadian magazine who published all the juicy details about the car. What we can learn from these leaked photos is that the Camry isn’t going to be an all-new car, but more of an upgrade of the outgoing model as it will come with an improved interior cabin and a slightly revised design. In addition, it will also pack a prominent infotainment system.

2012 Toyota Camry

Upon launch, the car is going to be available with a choice of three engines. The entry-level one will be a 4-cylinder 2.5-liter unit which will produce 169 hp (171 PS / 126 kW) and a peak torque of 167 lb.-ft (226 Nm), which should be enough for a 0-62 mph sprint in 9.8 seconds and a top speed of 118 mph (190 km/h).

2012 Toyota Camry

The second one will be a hybridized 4-cylinder 2.4-liter with a combined output of 187 hp (190 PS / 139 kW) and a maximum torque of 199 lb.-ft (270 Nm). With this configuration, the 2012 Toyota Camry will hit 62 mph from start in 8.9 seconds, on its way to a maximum speed of 124 mph (200 km/h).

The most powerful engine will be a V6 3.5-liter unit with 268 hp (272 PS / 200 kW) and 248 lb.-ft (335 Nm) of torque, allowing the car to sprint to 62 mph in just 7.2 seconds, en route to a top speed of 137 mph (220 km/h).

Source: Autoblog

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Best Used Car

Nowadays car enthusiasts everywhere search for a bigger better deal on their cars, therefore the car industry and car market, especially used car market is more thriving than ever. After a little market research I’ve came across some interesting results. The leaders of five categories of cars which are the most popular are the following:

For the ones on the market for a compact sedan, searching for efficiency and safety, the leader renders itself perfectly into all requirements: we’re talking about the 2003-2008 Hyundai Elantra series. Despite a slow start in the ’90s caused to a bad reputation of unstability and unreliability, the Hyundai Elantra has improved dramatically since then. Due to a complete redesign in 2001 the Elantra of today is currently a class leader, with an improved reliability, stability and a long list of standard features like: air-conditioning, full power accessories, side airbags, 15-inch wheels and an AM/FM cassette player. A very decent engine for a small sedan: a 2 liter engine that generates 135 hp more than enough to power up the compact and launch it on a smooth ride.

Hyundai Elantra

Hyundai Elantra

The undisputed leader of the midsize sedan section is the:  2003-2008 Toyota Camry. High quality body and legendary reliability are “genetic” markers of the Toyota. The Camry offers a compliant and smooth ride that is perfect for a family car. A powerful 3.6 liter V6 engine powers up the Toyota, even more than it has to in my opinion. Along side with a six speed manual or automatic transmission depending on the choice of the customer and a front wheel drive makes the Camry not only safe and smooth but fast and powerful as well, up to the task of driving 200.000 miles without major improvements. A definite and absolute class leader.

Toyota Camry

Once again we cross paths with the Korean manufacturer Hyundai. The large sedan section is currently owned by the 2006-2008 Hyundai Azera. One great advantage of this great car is the fact that it’s inexpensive, but don’t take anything away from it. When driven it certainly doesn’t feel or look cheap. A sleek looking grille and really cool looking body lines, resembles more an Acura than a Hyundai. The inside looks just as good “enriched” with faux wood and metallic piping. The cockpit is bursting with technology such as rain-sensing wipers and a power-tilt/telescoping steering wheel. A big 3-8 liter V6 engine develops 263 hp combined with the five speed automatic transmission, launches the Azera at an acceleration of 7.1 sec for the 0-60mph run which is really good for a large sized sedan.

Finally the Coupe class leader is the 2003-2008 BMW 3. This one doesn’t even need an introduction. Luxury, sporty-looks, power, safety and speed are the tenets of the BMW manufacturer. A twin turbocharged 3.0 liter V6 engine develops a massive 320 hp combined with a 7 speed dual clutch automated manual (DCT) transmission develops unparalleled performance on the road. The inside it’s as “turbocharged” as the outside, a little less luxury traded for a lot of roadster-looks the BMW 3 looks more appropriate in a NASCAR than in your backyard. Equipped to the teeth with the most high-tech German components, this car will nearly drive itself.

There you have it, the leaders of all sedan and coupe classes. Which one suits you best?

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Best American Car To Buy 2010

The only valid solution I could think of is to research and construct a ranking of the top 5 model sales of 2010 to help me make an idea where the market has shifted the most, hoping that all of us to get a better grip on the situation and maybe even find the best car suited for our personal purposes within the top 5.


On the 5th place the ever present Honda Civic as one of the most popular compact cars in America since its launch in 1973. The strong assets of the Honda Civic are the high level of fit and finish, an impressive reputation for reliability and low running costs. The tweaks made to it to improve the environmental awareness and superior performances, makes the Honda Civic a top choice for many Americans.

The 4th place is occupied by another Honda, the Accord this time. This car has earned the interest of the Americans not by being luxurious or sporty or possessing high performance capabilities, but by providing all the necessary needs to every American. It’s strongly build and safe. On the road is very comfortable and roomy, which is an important factor that places it over most coupe’s, and it’s intelligent: offering a wide variety of specs to it. This car is what I like to call a “work-horse” it’s not meant to be great or shiny or super fast. It’s sole job is to get you on the road and back home safe. A job taken very seriously by Honda.

Our 3rd place is occupied by the Toyota Camry, which despite of the late start in 1983 when it replaced the Corona and quietly entering the market, would grow, morph and finally dominate the entire midsize family sedan segment for the next 30 years. Standing tall with high quality body structure, an impressive durability and ensured comfort on the road, the Camry is the best choice you can have when seeking a roomy comfortable and dependable family car.

Our runner up is the Chevrolet Silverado 1500. A part of the pick-up trucks family the Silverado is a major player on the market. No matter the terrain or the load, this truck will get the job done. Being surprisingly light for a pick-up, it can serve as the weekday family car, or it can tow a boat on the weekends when trips can’t be missed. It provides all the features people want as standard like air conditioning, navigation system, CD-player and electric windows making it a solid pick no matter what its intended use is.

And finally the king of pickup trucks happens to be number 1 in our top, the Ford F-250 Super Duty. There are a ton of reasons for this pick-up to be leader. One of them is the fact that Ford offered an impressive variety of body styles, powertrain options and trim levels to choose from. For this reason, no matter if you’re a business man, or a big rancher, this car will suite just fine with all your demands. Very powerful and silent, this car will run smooth even with massive payloads, being very easy to drive and comfortable to ride in. Big improvements to the engine, handling dynamics increased and a redesigned cabin with higher quality materials can only be a huge asset to any buyer.

Concluding our top 5 I think I may have stumbled over the car I’m getting. Have you?

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Videos: Toyota reveals hilarious Sponsafier ads


Toyota, like any automaker which wants to really succeed in the USA, has its own race cars in the Nascar championship, specifically the Camry Cup Car models.

Now, in order to win even more fans, it has launched a special ‘Sponsafier’ campaign, where people can create their own custom designs for the Toyota Camry Nascar racer. Besides seeing your design trade paint on the track, a lot of other prizes are also available.

Of course, a series of ads were also revealed, in order to promote the campaign. This time though, Toyota has seemingly struck gold, as the commercials are quite funny and entertaining.

Hit the jump to see some of the ads and then go to the Sponsafier website to design your own Toyota Nascar racer.
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Toyota officially recalls Prius, Camry, Sai and Lexus HS over brake problems

Toyota officially recalls Prius, Camry, Sai and Lexus HS over brake problems

So you thought that Toyota models only had problems with acceleration, either due to the faulty pedal or the sticking floor mat, but now it’s official: some cars, including the 2010 Prius, the JDM Sai and the Lexus HS hybrids, all have braking problems. The four-cylinder Camry also joins them, albeit from a slightly different cause, but still concerning the brakes.

First off, it seems that all of the complaints with the braking system on the Prius and its fellow hybrids were right. The new braking energy regeneration systems have impacted the stopping power of the cars on tough conditions like rain or snow. As such, 133,000 2010 model year Prius, 14,500 Lexus 2010 HS 250h and a certain number of Sai hybrids will be recalled so that their ABS systems will be modified.

“We’re committed to doing everything we can – as fast as we can – to restore consumer trust in Toyota, and these recalls are part of this effort,” Jim Lentz, COO, Toyota Motor Sales said in a release. “We regret the inconvenience this recall will cause to Prius and HS 250h owners, and will do our best with the support of our dealers to make sure that it is conducted in the most trouble-free manner possible.”

But hybrid owners aren’t the only ones with problems stopping, as 7,400 Camry models, specifically the ones equipped with the four-cylinder engine, will also be recalled, due to a power steering hose coming into contact with a brake system one, which can lead to a hole in the latter, and result in a loss of brake response.

Source: Toyota

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The Toyota Prius will outsell the Camry in the next decade, Toyota US boss says


While the Toyota Prius is riding high the wave of popularity associated with hybrid vehicles, at least in the US, the Camry is still the best selling model, managing to beat its more eco brother by a ratio of three-to-one.

But things will change, at least according the president of Toyota USA, Jim Lentz, which believes that the best selling car in the US will be outsold by the Prius in the next decade. This is quite weird, considering that the Prius isn’t even runner-up to the Camry, as the second best selling mode from the Japanese company in the US is the Corolla.

Lutz does go on to offer back up to his claims, saying that as gas prices and eco-awareness go up, hybrids, especially the Prius, will also experience rising sales, managing to overtake conventional models, like the Camry.

The Toyota USA executive also touched on the oft-rumored claim that the Prius badge will accompany other types of hybrid vehicles, saying that while nothing is for certain, he regularly pushes the leaders in Japan towards this direction.

Do you believe that the Camry will eventually give up its crown to its hybrid brother? Leave a comment with your view on the matter.

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Toyota CNG Camry Hybrid Concept debuts at the LA Auto Show

The LA Auto Show marks the debut of the Toyota CNG Camry Hybrid Concept which highlights the Japanese carmaker’s new Hybrid Synergy Drive system. The concept was developed by TMS Advanced Product Strategy group and built by Metal Crafters of Fountain Valley, California, who replaced the 2.4 liter gasoline fuel system with a CNG (compressed natural gas) system including two CNG tanks installed in the spare tire well area. The concept also received some exterior changes, like a new front fascia and front bumper cover that got rid of the grill opening, custom rear bumper covering the tail pipe and the exhaust system, new side skirts and 19 inch alloy wheels fitted with run-flat tires (meant to make up for the lack of the spare tire).

Photo Gallery: Toyota CNG Camry Hybrid Concept


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Gold plated Toyota Camry

Gold plated cars are not something new. Every once in a while we get to see one of these showing up, reminding us that there are a lot of people out there that got nothing better to do with their money than extremely pimping up a car. This 24k gold plated Toyota Camry is no exception. Of course, as you probably imagine, the owner comes from Dubai and the car is for sale for 135,000 AED ($36,800 or €23,700). However, one thing bothers me. If you want to show off, why in the world would you choose a Toyota Camry? Weird.

Check out more photos after the jump.

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