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LEXUS FAN!
05-02-2005, 04:26 PM
Posted: 02 May 2005 0729 hrs <p>Japan's Toyota to make hybrid model of best-selling Camry in US: report <p><br>TOKYO : Toyota Motor will make a gasoline-electric hybrid version of its best-selling Camry passenger car in the United States as surging oil prices boost demand for eco-friendly cars, a report said. <p>Japan's top automaker will produce the hybrid model of the Camry at its plant in Kentucky as early as next year, the business daily Nihon Keizai Shimbun said. <p>Toyota believes US demand for hybrid cars will increase sharply amid worries over rising gasoline prices, the daily said, adding US sales of hybrid cars soared 80 percent last year. <p>Hybrid cars are equipped with an electric motor and a standard petrol engine, making them much more economical and environment-friendly than conventional gasoline engines. <p>Toyota's Prius, the world's first mass-produced hybrid car, emits 50 percent less carbon dioxide than a regular car with an engine size of 1.8 litres. Carbon dioxide is believed to be a major factor in global warming. <p>The business daily said Toyota was also considering making the Prius or other hybrid sports utility vehicles (SUVs) in the United States in 2007. <p>In US passenger car sales last year, Toyota's Camry ranked first, selling some 420,000 units, while the Prius controls some 65 percent of the US hybrid car market. <p>- AFP /ch<p>source : channelnewsasia.com<br>

mzoltarp
05-02-2005, 05:02 PM
Huge DUHH on this one. Now that Toyota has the benchmark affordable sedan they will take it even father. This is Toyota flexing its muscle. The Camry hybrid will be great and reliable. Bring it on I say.

anonms
05-02-2005, 09:03 PM
Aww. I was hoping for hybrids being built at NUMMI.

DSC-OFF
07-19-2005, 08:55 PM
This came in my email tonight:<p><I><br><IMG SRC="http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y296/ef0ne/camhy1.jpg" BORDER="0"> <IMG SRC="http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y296/ef0ne/camhy2.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Toyota is proud to announce that it will produce a hybrid version of its top-selling Camry sedan starting in 2006. Camry will be the third Toyota vehicle with Hybrid Synergy Drive in the U.S., a big step in mainstreaming hybrid vehicles.<p>Camry is America's most popular car, with sales topping 425,000 units in 2004. A large number of buyers who might not otherwise choose a hybrid car will select the Camry Hybrid. These buyers will enjoy improved fuel efficiency, uncompromised performance and the most advanced hybrid system on the road: Hybrid Synergy Drive.<p>Most of Camry Hybrid's electrical powertrain components will be imported from Japan, but the <b>4-cylinder engine</b> will be assembled in Georgetown, Kentucky. As with all other Toyota vehicles featuring Hybrid Synergy Drive, the Camry Hybrid powertrain will be engineered to achieve the model's specific performance specifications and to exceed buyer expectations.<p>Camry Hybrid was born of Toyota's commitment to produce environmentally sensitive vehicles and the increasing market demand for hybrids. Toyota has sold more than 400,000 hybrid vehicles worldwide. The company is on target to produce 300,000 hybrid vehicles annually by 2005, and one million by the end of the decade. Camry Hybrid follows Prius and Highlander Hybrid as the third Toyota hybrid in the U.S. market.<p>Toyota will continue to release information about Camry Hybrid performance, specifications, options, price and first date of sale. Hybrid Synergy View will keep you up with the latest news!<p><A HREF="http://www.toyota.com/toyota/vehicles/future/camry/handraiser/handraiser.jsp" TARGET="_blank">Watch the official launch announcement of the Camry Hybrid, the first hybrid vehicle to be assembled in the U.S.</A><br></I><p>Source: <A HREF="http://www.toyota.com/" TARGET="_blank">Toyota</A>

anonms
07-19-2005, 08:58 PM
Wow. Just like the Altima Hybrid is supposedly gonna be like.

LEXUS FAN!
07-19-2005, 11:10 PM
4 cylinder engine and still uncompromised performance...sounds like a pretty good deal to me

JBlair
07-19-2005, 11:12 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>LEXUS FAN!</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">4 cylinder engine and still uncompromised performance...sounds like a pretty good deal to me</TD></TR></TABLE><p>sounds like pretty good marketing spin to me. I'll believe 'uncompromised performance' for a 4 cylinder hybrid when I see it.

62Lincoln
07-20-2005, 04:16 AM
It will be interesting when consumers have to start replacing battery packs ($$$). It will also be interesting when the consumers don't get the mileage they expect with these hybrids. Wonder if there will be a backlash.

Naga Royal Guard
07-20-2005, 05:36 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JBlair</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">sounds like pretty good marketing spin to me. I'll believe 'uncompromised performance' for a 4 cylinder hybrid when I see it.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>escape hybrid?

JBlair
07-20-2005, 11:20 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Naga- Captain Funky</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">escape hybrid?</TD></TR></TABLE><br>9 seconds isn't uncompromised, IMO, especially when a V6 with nearly the same power can do it a lot quicker.

Naga Royal Guard
07-21-2005, 07:40 AM
9 seconds isnt bad compared to the 13 seconds the first generation priuses were taking either;<br>its about on par w/ typical 4 cylinder sedans and SUVs from only a few years ago <p><br>i still hate hybrids tho

anonms
07-21-2005, 12:21 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>62Lincoln</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">It will be interesting when consumers have to start replacing battery packs ($$$). It will also be interesting when the consumers don't get the mileage they expect with these hybrids. Wonder if there will be a backlash.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>If everyone drove using the same mannerisms that the EPA tests cars with, everyone could achieve EPA mileage. It's all about driving habits.<p><br>And plus, battery costs are bound to go down, especially by 2010 (when the warranties for the 1G Prius run out).<br>Like my dad, who has somewhat of a lead foot, has yet to break 48 MPG in our 2G Prius. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/bonk.gif" BORDER="0"> But we're not angry. We're happy with approx. 8 gallons used every two weeks or so.