Toyota Camry
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A 2014 model Camry
General information
Manufacturer Toyota
Country of Origin Japan flag.png Japan
Class Compact (1982-1990)
Mid-size (1991-present)
Body Style 4-door Sedan
Produced 1982-present

The Toyota Camry is a Japanese Mid-size vehicle manufactured by Toyota since 1982. The Camry has been the best selling car in the United States for eight of the last nine years starting in 1997. The Camry name comes from the English phonetic of the Japanese word "Kammuri," which means "Crown." Over 400,000 American families buy Camrys each year because of its roominess and reliability, in addition to a good value to cost ratio. The Camry also sells very well in Australia and a number of Asian markets, in particular Cambodia where the vast majority of cars are Camrys, but it has not sold as well in Europe. Related luxury models which share major chassis components with the Toyota Camry are the Lexus ES, sold in the United States, and the Toyota Windom, sold in Japan until 2006.

The Camry is primarily configured as a four-door sedan but at different times has also been available as a five-door hatchback, two-door coupé, and a station wagon. The Camry name was first launched in 1980 with the Toyota Celica Camry. The first model line independently named the Toyota Camry was launched in 1982 for the 1983 model year. An offshoot of the Camry, the Toyota Camry Solara, has been available as a coupe and a convertible.

The Camry underwent major redesigns and upgrades in model years 1987, 1992 (1990 in Japan), 1997, 2002 and most recently in 2007. Other than the original Celica Camry, the Toyota Camry has always been an FF layout vehicle. This means the engine is transversely mounted to drive the front wheels. Some models have been offered with all-wheel drive.

The second and third-generation Camrys were rebadged to be sold as the Holden Apollo in Australia. The Holden equivalents were not successful even though they came from the same factory as the Camry. Since 2000, Daihatsu has sold a Camry twin named the Altis.

See Autopedia's comprehensive Toyota Camry Review.

Recent Changes

  • MY2010 sees a facelift for the Camry.[1]

The Toyota Camry underwent major redesigns and upgrades in model years 1987, 1992 (1990 in Japan), 1997, 2002, and most recently in 2007.

The 2007 Toyota Camry tries to combine the best of both worlds: maintain the dependability and safety that has made the model so popular, while adding a little more aggressive styling to counter the main complaint that the Camry is boring.

  • In 2009, the special edition Camry Touring is introduced for the Australian market. Valued at $29,990 AUD, it comes equipped with a 6 Disc CD Changer, Dual Zone Air Conditioning, Rear Lip Spoiler, Fog Lamps and 17 inch Alloy wheels with Metallic paint at $400 extra.
  • The 2007 Camry has been "refreshed" with completely new styling, most noticeably a more aggressive front grille, slanted headlights, and a raised, squared-off trunk with sloping tailights.
  • Size of the 2007 Camry has increased with a 2.2 inch longer wheelbase and a 1.2 inch wider front and rear track. These changes have increased the interior capacity to over 101 cubic feet.
  • There is also more power being offered across the range of trims with two new engine offerings: the 158-hp 2.4L I4 or the 268hp 3.5L V6. Both engines also provide improved gas mileage.
  • Standard wheel size has increased from 15 to 16 inches.

Toyota also offers a hybrid gas/electric Camry that uses technology similar to that of the Toyota Prius, Toyota Highlander Hybrid, and Lexus RX 400h for better gas-mileage around town.

For more information see: Toyota Camry Hybrid.

Styles and Major Options

  • The Toyota Camry is only available as a four door sedan, but has a wide range of trims with 4 and 6 cylinder engine choices.
    • An offshoot of the Camry, the Toyota Camry Solara, has been available as a coupe and a convertible.)
  • Toyota Camry trims include the economical CE, the popular LE, the sporty SE, and the luxurious XLE and range from nice, basic transportation at the CE level to Lexus like features and options on the XLE.


MSRP for the 2008 Camry ranges from just over $18,000 for the base level CE to close to $29,000 for the XLE version with a high-powered V6 and navigation system.


CE 4-Cyl.

LE 4-Cyl.


SE 4-Cyl.


XLE 4-Cyl.


XLE V6 w/ Navigation




















Today's actual prices by city can be found at CarsDirect.

Gas Mileage

EPA estimates for the Toyota Camry are as follows:


According to Consumer Reports, reliability of the 4-cylinder and hybrid 2007 Camrys is well above average, while the V6 version is below average (rare for Toyota) due to an automatic transmission problem.


  • Basic: 3 year / 36,000 miles
  • Drivetrain: 5 year / 60,000 miles


NHTSA Crash Test

There are seven airbags (Front Impact, Passenger Side Impact, Front-Seat Side and Full-Length Side, and a Driver Knee airbag) standard on all 2007 Camry trims, as well as four-wheel anti-lock brakes.

The 2008 Camry recieved the best possible score for front-end collision safety and for side-impact safety for both front and rear seats.

For more information see Toyota Camry Crash Test Results

When the current generation Camry underwent crash testing by ANCAP, it scored 4 stars out of 5. See

ANCAP result for 2006 Toyota Camry and ANCAP result for 2006 Toyota Camry Ateva (curtain airbags).

Previous Generations' Crash Test Results

Both the NHTSA and the IIHS publish crash information for the third-, fourth-, and fifth-generation Camry. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) scores crash ratings as one to five stars for front and side crashes. Similarly, the IIHS scores crash performance with a four-level grade (Good, Acceptable, Marginal, and Poor) in multiple categories and overall.

This model Camry scored 4 stars when tested by ANCAP in 2002. See ANCAP result for 2002 Toyota Camry.

Fifth generation

The fifth generation Camry was tested for front, side, and rollover crashes (NHTSA) and rear, side (with and without side airbags), and frontal offset crashes (IIHS). The fifth-generation frontal performance was similar to that for the fourth-generation. [2] [3] It was also again listed as a BEST PICK in frontal crashes. Similarly, IIHS side impacts with airbags was rated as good overall with good in most categories.

However, side crash performance without airbags was only two stars in 2002 NHTSA and poor, the lowest score on the IIHS scale. Three out of the nine categories were scored as poor, including Head protection, driver, Injury:Head/neck, and Injury:Torso, rear passenger. The IIHS website notes that although Toyota changed the design of 2004 Camrys to improve side performance, the changes would not significantly impact the crash performance of vehicles without side airbags.

NHTSA rollover performance is listed as five stars for 2001 models and four stars thereafter. IIHS rear-crash performance was rated as marginal for Camrys with cloth seats and poor for Camrys with leather seats. [4]

Fourth generation

The fourth-generation Camry was tested for frontal and side impacts NHTSA and frontal offset IIHS crashes, but scored significantly better than the third generation in all frontal tests. Additionally, the IIHS website lists the 1997-2001 Camry as being a BEST PICK in frontal crash tests.

The NHTSA gave the Camry four stars in side impact tests when fitted with side airbags and three stars without. [5]

Third generation

The third-generation Camry was tested only frontal (NHTSA) and frontal offset (IIHS) crashes. NHTSA gave the vehicle four stars for the driver and between three and four stars for the passenger, depending on the year. The IIHS scored it acceptable overall, with three out of six categories listed as good and the other three listed as acceptable. In comparison, the similar-vintage Honda Accord fared similarly (although somewhat worse) [6], the Ford Taurus did notably better [7], and the Nissan Maxima performed much worse[8].


Camry SE V6 interior shown in Dark Charcoal with available leather trim, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, heated front seats and voice-activated DVD navigation system

Available 6-speed automatic transmission with sequential shift


Colors available vary by trim.

  • Black
  • Jasper Pearl
  • Super White
  • Desert Sand Mica
  • Titanium Metallic
  • Barcelona Red Pearl
  • Sky Blue Pearl
  • Magnetic Gray Metallic
  • Aloe Green Metallic
  • Blue Ribbon Metallic

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Unique Attributes

While by definition the "Best Selling Car In America" will have to appeal to the common denominator, the 2007 Toyota Camry does offer a few features that go beyond the basic:

  • Automatic tire-pressure monitoring system
  • Auxillary audio jack for plugging in your iPod

Of the cars surveyed by the RACV, the 2002-2006 Toyota Camry are the cheapest medium (4 cylinder version) and large (6 cylinder version) cars to run on a weekly basis.

In the Middle East, Camrys are popular with drifters despite being front wheel drive.

The Toyota Camry is Australia's first locally-built car to utilise double overhead cam.

Resale Values

All Toyota models have high resale values because of very high vehicle reliability and supply / demand characteristics for each model that enable Toyota to not discount the sales price on the current model year (steep discounts on current model year vehicles causes resale values to drop for earlier model years.) Within the mid-size car segment, the Camry typically battles with the Honda Accord for best resale values.


  • Traditionally, the main knock on the Camry is the styling...or lack thereof. While the 2007 Camry has been restyled, it is still designed to appeal to the broadest possible audience, and therefore plays it safe.
  • Steering can feel "mushy" when the driver asks the Camry to react quickly
  • Seats can become uncomfortable over long drives
  • The 4-cylinder engine paired with automatic transmission feels under-powered when needed to accelerate quickly


Sixth Generation (2007- present)

The sixth generation Camry is a completely redesigned model and is assembled at the Toyota plant in Georgetown, Kentucky as well as at Toyota Manufacturing in Japan. Starting in 2007, the Camry will also be manufactured at Subaru's Lafayette, Indiana plant, about 100,000 units per year. In Subaru's plant, Toyota will set up its own machinery and assembly line to manufacture the Camry. A Camry manufactured in Japan is denoted with a VIN starting with "J" as well as a small hatch on the passenger's side of the front bumper, used to secure the vehicle during shipping over the ocean, US made models are denoted with a VIN starting with "4". It was released as a 2007 model making its first introduction at the 2006 North American International Auto Show [9] along with its identical hybrid twin, the Camry HV. In 2010, after Toyota began finding success in NASCAR, the Toyota Camery NASCAR Edition was released.

The new Camry has a 2.4 L I4 making 158 hp (118 kW) with 4 trim levels: CE, LE, SE, and XLE. It will also have an optional 3.5 L V6 making 268 hp (200 kW) with three trims: LE, SE, and XLE. The V6 will be available with a 6-speed sequential transmission. A spilt-folding rear seat is not available on the SE trim. A navigation system with a cell phone link and heated leather seats are available for the SE and the V6-powered XLE. A keyless entry/remote starter is optional on the V6-powered XLE. The CE and LE have hubcap designs similar to the previous generation models. The rear of the car features the controversial "Bangle-butt" design first seen on the 2002 BMW 7 Series.

The South East Asian Camry has a styling that look like Toyota Aurion.

The sixth generation Camry will also be built in Australia. There, it goes on sale on July 22, 2006. For the first time in 18 years, the Australian-market Camry will lack a V6 engine. The only option will be a 2.4L I4 which is expected to produce 125 kW (168hp).


Sixth Generation Toyota Camry

Camry Hybrid

For 2006, Toyota has created a hybrid gas/electric Camry called the Camry Hybrid to be introduced alongside the redesigned 2007 Toyota Camry . It uses a Hybrid Synergy Drive setup similar to that of the Toyota Prius, Toyota Highlander Hybrid and Lexus RX 400h, which mates Toyota's 3MZ V6 with an electric motor. However, the Camry Hybrid will utilize a 4-cylinder gasoline engine as opposed to a V6, a setup that will produce 192 hp (143 kW).

Standard features include remote entry and start, side torso airbags, knee airbags and side-curtain airbags. The Camry Hybrid will be built at the company's Georgetown, Kentucky plant, with about 45,000 projected per year.

For more information see: Toyota Camry Hybrid.

Main Competitors

Fifth generation (2002–2006)

In September 2001, the latest Toyota Camry was released as a larger sedan (taking styling cues from the successful Vitz, Corolla and Solara coupé) only, but without a station wagon for the first time (a similarly styled wagon was sold on the Japanese home market however, as the Toyota Mark II Blit). Elsewhere, the Camry station wagon was replaced by the Highlander crossover SUV. This model was launched in most export markets, including the United States, as a 2002 model year car.

The styling of the fifth-generation Camry is somewhat similar to the fourth-generation model in that both have gently curved surfaces accented by sharp creases. However, the front end of the car is relatively short, leaving a great deal of the length to the cabin, a technique adopted by compact cars. In contrast to the fairly squat fourth-generation Camry, the fifth generation is a decidedly tall vehicle. It is 2.5 in (64 mm) taller and has a 2 in (51 mm) longer wheelbase than the previous model.

In the United States for 2002, the basic CE model was dropped but the SE sport model was reintroduced. Both the LE and SE models are available with a manual transmission when equipped with the four-cylinder engine now up to 3.0  L and 255 nbsp;hp (122 kW). Any model may be equipped with a V6 or an automatic transmission, although the manual transmission is not available on V6 models.

The 2002 Camry Solara remained on the fourth generation chassis, and received only minor styling upgrades to the front and rear ends. However the Solara did receive the same 2.4 L I4 engine now available on the Camry.


Fifth Generation Toyota Camry

In late 2004, the 2005 Camry was introduced with new upgrades such as a chrome grille (though the SE had a sportier grille), a new taillight design, and new wheels. A new trim level was added (the standard model) priced lower than the Camry LE. Interior upgrades to the Camry included a rear center head restraint, a storage bin in the door, optitron gauges, and standard leather seating on XLE V6 models.

The second generation Camry Solara was introduced in August 2004. Again, styling from the Camry was radically different, taking design cues from the Lexus SC 430. The 2.4 L engine was still offered, however, a new 3.3 L V6 was optional. The V6 was coupled with a 5-speed automatic transmission. In addition to SE and SLE trims, a new SE Sport was offered. Unlike the first generation Solara, the SLE trim could be had with the four-cylinder engine.

Daihatsu continued with its twin Altis model for the Japanese market.


The Camry in Taiwan of this generation looked very similar to other versions, but the front end had a "thicker" grille and larger, all-white, differently shaped headlights [10]. The reverse lights were moved onto the trunk and were somewhat similar to the lights on a second generation Avalon's trunk [11]. The older models (2002), had tail lights with a white streak across them [12], while some later models (2004 and later) did not [13].


The new fifth generation Toyota Camry has been refreshed with the new model lineup. The Altise is the base model that replaced the CSI. The model lineup moves to the Ateva, the Grande and the top-of-the-range Azure. There is also a sports model, the Sportivo. All models come with either a 2.4 litre 4 cylinder and 3 litre V6 engines.

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Fourth generation (1997–2001)

The fourth-generation Camry was launched in Japan in December 1996. It continued as a sedan and station wagon (called the Camry Gracia in Japan), though the latter model was not sold in the United States. This generation was launched in the US for the 1997 model year. In 2000, the sedan models received a mid-model upgrade to the front and rear fascias, but remained otherwise similar to the 1999 models. The Japanese Scepter ceased to exist as the Japanese Camrys adopted the 1795 mm wide platform.

The Vista began departing from the Camry, remaining 1700 mm wide and eventually forming the basis of the growing Corolla. In addition, the Vista's sheetmetal resembled a tall, formal sedan, while the Camry became sleeker. This "split" continues today.

The Lexus ES 300 was again built from the Windom, which uses the Camry chassis.


Fourth Generation Toyota Camry

The Camry Solara was added in both coupé and convertible form in 1999. In contrast to the third-generation Camry two door, the Camry Solara was a significant styling departure from the four door. The Solara was available in SE and SLE trim, corresponding roughly to the sedan's LE and XLE trims.

In the United States, the four door Camry SE was dropped and the base model was renamed the CE for the 1997 model year. Both the LE and the XLE trims were carried over from the previous generation. All models of Camry were initially available with either the 2.2 L I4 or the 3.0 L V6 engine, except the Solara SLE, which was only available with the V6. The LE-based Collector Edition was new for 2001 model year.

Power was increased slightly to 133 hp SAE (99 kW) for the 5S-FE 2.2 L I4 and 194 hp SAE (145 kW) for the 1MZ-FE V6. Manual transmissions were only available on the CE and LE trim levels and any Solara model.

For the General Export Market, the Camry was offered as 2.2 GLX and 3.0 V6 Grande.

This was the first Camry to be sold as a Daihatsu; the Daihatsu Altis was identical to the export version of the Camry.

The Camry V6 was again on Car and Driver magazine's 10 Best list for 1997.


In Australia, unlike the previous generation, the nameplate Camry was also applied to the V6 variants, while the Vienta V6 range was revised as the "upmarket" models. The line-up of 4 cylinder Camry models consisted of the CSI, Conquest and CSX models (automatic transmission is most common, manual is very rare), all three variants were available in sedan or wagon. The Camry V6 models consisted of CSI and Conquest, with the wagon models only available in automatic transmission. The Camry V6 Touring Series sedan model was launched in March 1999. The Vienta line up consisted of VXI and Grande sedan models and the VXI wagon. The VXI model was basically a V6-powered version of the 4-cylinder Camry CSX model.

In September 2000, the revised Camry range was launched. The Vienta V6 range was discontinued due to the launch of the Toyota Avalon sedan in July 2000 and two new models were added to the Camry range: the top-of-the-range Azura V6 sedan and the Touring Series V6 sportswagon model, both of which were available in automatic transmission only. Towards the end of the model run, the limited edition Intrigue and Advantage sedan models were launched.

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Third generation (1992–1996)

The third-generation Camry (first sold in 1990 in Japan; in the US as a 1992 model year car) is regarded as the first to break into the large-car market, or what Toyota billed at the time as "world-sized". This model marked the transition away from an inexpensive four door vehicle into a larger, more luxurious family sedan.

However, in Japan, the 1992 Camry was a different vehicle, which shared its doors and fenders with the exported model, but was limited to the 1700 mm (66.9 in) width required to fit into a lower tax bracket (the 'number 5' bracket). The wider export model was called the Toyota Scepter in its home market.

In the United States, an automatic transmission became the only option on all but the base and sport-model Camrys, whereas previously, a manual transmission was available on nearly all trim levels.

In that market, both the four and six-cylinder engines received upgrades in displacement and power: the four was upped to 2.2 L and 130 hp SAE (97 kW), and the V6 to 3.0 L and 185 hp SAE (137 kW). In addition to the DX (also sometimes called Deluxe) and LE trims, 1992 saw the addition of an XLE luxury trim and the SE sport trim—presumably introduced to compete with the Nissan Maxima SE.

Some other countries followed the 2.2 L and 3.0 L engine choice. Toyota in New Zealand sold these models as the 220 and V6 respectively, the smaller-engined car filling the gap of the departed Corona.


Third Generation Toyota Camry

It shared the rounded-body-panel look of many imports of similar vintage: the Toyota Corolla, Honda Accord, and Nissan Altima, to name a few. This was a departure from the second-generation models which, although they had many more rounded panels than the first-generation Camrys, were nevertheless generally slab-sided in shape. The third-generation Camrys had rounded features and a very curved silhouette.

The Vista continued in parallel, available in addition as a hardtop sedan. This is a similar car to the then new Windom, which formed the basis of the Lexus ES 300 in foreign markets, equipped with a 3.0 L V6 engine.

In 1994, Toyota released a coupe version of the Camry with styling very similar to the four door version. This vehicle would be dropped for the next generation, although it would later be replaced by the Camry Solara.

The same year, the Japanese home market saw a revised, 1700 mm wide Camry and Vista, with different sheetmetal, on the same platform. (The Japanese version of this page lists this as a 'fifth-generation' model.)

The third-generation Camry was on Car and Driver magazine's "10 Best" list for 1992 and 1993.


In Australia, the Camry 4-cylinder models consisted of the Executive, CSI and Ultima sedan models (automatic only). The V6 range was known as the Camry Vienta and also consisted of the Executive, CSI and Ultima sedan model. The Camry Vientas were available in automatic transmission only. In 1993, a new sedan model called the Touring Series was launched which was fitted with sports suspension. In 1994, the range was revised slightly, where the Executive models was renamed CSI and the CSI was renamed the CSX model.

Remember, that all models had the choice of having optional extras fitted at the buyers expense. This means you will find some variations, but the CSX models were considered to be Top of the range in 4cyl and the Vienta was top of the range in V6.

In July 1995, the facelifted model was launched in Australia and was now built at the new Altona plant. This also marked the beginning of the exporting of left-hand drive Camrys to the Middle East. The 4 cylinder range consisted of the CSI and CSX models. The V6 models were simply known as the Vienta. The Ultima sedan was renamed the Grande model, and manual transmission was now available in the CSI and Touring Series sedan models. Towards the end of the model run, limited edition Getaway and Intrigue sedan models were launched.

See Autopedia's comprehensive Third-generation Toyota Camry Review.

Main Competitors

Second generation (1987–1991)

The second-generation model debuted in 1986 for the 1987 model year, and included a station wagon but dropped the hatchback. At this point, it was still regarded as a mid-size car. In 1988, all-wheel drive (called All-Trac) and a 160 hp JIS (118 kW) 2.5 L V6 engine were added as options for the first time. The V6 featured dual overhead camshafts, much like the upgraded 130 hp JIS (96 kW) 4 cylinder.


Second Generation Toyota Camry

In 1991, anti-lock brakes became optional on the V6, LE, and wagon models.

The Kentucky plant also began producing Camrys in 1988, where three trim levels of the second-generation Camry were made: the unbadged base model, the DX, and the LE. The 2.5 L engine and Camry chassis was repackaged as the upscale Lexus ES 250. The ES 250 was essentially the Japanese-market Camry hardtop. The second-generation Camry was extremely popular in the United States and it is not at all uncommon to see examples on American roads.

The 1987 Camry marked the first generation of Camry to be built in Australia. A 1.8L 4 cylinder EFI, with 64 kW (86hp) was standard on the base model, while a 2.0L 4 cylinder EFI, with 88 kW (116hp) was available on all others. In 1988, a 2.5L V6 was introduced. The V6 sat the very top of the range, and was the only model to be imported from Japan. Due to its positioning in the line-up, and the high import duty it attracted, it was very expensive, and only sold in small numbers. In 1989, the 1.8L Camry was dropped, and the base engine was replaced with a non-fuel injected 2.0L engine, producing 82 kW (110hp).

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First Generation/Origins

There is some dispute over the generational naming of the Toyota Camry. Most sources note the first generation Camry to have been produced as a 1983 model. A fewer number of sources state the first generation to have started in 1980 as the Toyota Celica Camry. This article follows the former convention.

Toyota Celica Camry (1980–1982)

Originally launched as the Toyota Celica Camry in January 1980 for the Japanese home market, this model was essentially a second-generation Toyota Carina with updated body-styling and a front-end that resembled a 1978 Toyota Celica XX (known as the Celica Supra in export markets).

The car used the rear-wheel drive Celica platform (which was shared by both the Corona and Carina) and was powered by either a 1.6 L 12T-U engine producing 88 hp JIS (65 kW) and 128 N·m (94 ft·lbf) or a 1.8 L 13T-U engine producing 95 hp JIS (70 kW) and 147 N·m (108 ft·lbf). Towards the end of its model lifecycle, Toyota introduced a sports version of the Celica Camry equipped with the 16-valve DOHC 2.0 L engine from the Celica. This is the most sought after version of the Celica Camry in the secondhand market today.


First Generation Toyota Camry

Although it has an identical 2500 mm (98.4 in) wheelbase to the Celica, the Corona, and the Carina, it is longer than the Carina but shorter than both the Corona and Celica. During its model cycle, over 100,000 units were sold in Japan. The Celica Camry was also exported to a number of markets using the Carina's name, and it replaced the second-generation Carina in those markets.

First generation (1983–1986)

1st gen Toyota Camry

In 1982 for the 1983 model year, the Camry became an independent model line, and was sold as a mid-size four-door sedan and five-door hatchback. There were limited exports, predominantly to right-hand-drive markets. At this point, Camry was positioned above the Carina and Corona, two other mid-sized models made by Toyota. A twin was announced at this point: the Toyota Vista.

In North America, the Camry, which replaced the Corona, was available with a 92 hp SAE (68 kW) 2.0 L I4 engine or a 74 hp 2.0 L I4 turbodiesel engine, and could be purchased with either a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic. In contrast to the rear-wheel drive Celica Camry, the Toyota Camry was a front-wheel drive vehicle built on an all-new platform.

The design of the first-generation Camry fit well within the box-shaped trends of the early 1980s. Additionally, the vehicle size and available options were characteristic of Japanese-designed cars of the time; the Camry was a small, inexpensive sedan with solid but spartan construction and competed indirectly against larger American counterparts.

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Camry In Popular Culture


The Camry is consistently ranked as one of the most popular vehicles in the North American market. It is Toyota's "bread-and-butter" vehicle, so its marketing and sales strategy is cautious, aimed squarely at the center of buyer demographics, as most Camry buyers are not car enthusiasts.

The Camry is positioned directly below the Toyota Avalon and the Lexus ES 350 in its two largest markets, Australia and North America. It is considered a sub-luxury mid-size sedan. The Camry is rarely optioned above the Avalon or ES 350, but a fully equipped Corolla slightly overlaps with the base-model Camry.

The Camry was less popular in Europe, where the design was considered bland and incompatible with European driving habits. Toyota positioned the Camry as a BMW 5 Series rival, yet it lacked the cachet to compete. Following long-term poor sales, the Camry was withdrawn altogether from Europe in 2004, leaving the smaller, UK-built Avensis as the top-of-the-line sedan. Because there is no station wagon version for the fifth generation Camry, the Camry sedan and the Avensis station wagon are sold side by side in markets like New Zealand.

After the introduction of the fourth-generation Camry, sales in Japan dipped. Prior to the fourth generation, Toyota adapted the Camry's design to suit Japanese tax laws and domestic market requirements. These versions of the Camry are bounded by a certain set of dimensions which would otherwise be unsuitable for export markets. These modified-for-Japan models were called the Vista, which became separate from the Camry in 2000.

For the fourth-generation Camry, Toyota decided to split the Vista from the Camry. Both models still share a large number of components, but the fourth-generation split was more significant than the previous re-engineered splits. Though the Vista was sized according to domestic vehicle tax laws, the Camry (now called the Camry Gracia) was identical to those sold in foreign markets. This placed the Camry at a disadvantage as it was sized at the lower-end of a higher tax category, which included cars such as the Crown and Aristo, both aimed at a higher-end market than the Camry. The introduction of the A32-series Nissan Cefiro in 1994 may have prompted Toyota to change its strategy, despite the poor sales of the Scepter, basically a rest-of-the-world third-generation Camry, which was sold between 1992–1994 (only 4,885 units sold in total). The continued success of the Nissan Cefiro (and afterwards the Nissan Teana) meant that some customers were willing to pay extra taxes for a larger family car, and so this marketing strategy continued.

As of 2005, the Camry is produced at Toyota plants in Japan, Australia; and Georgetown, Kentucky, USA, with CKD assembly operations in Vietnam, Philippines; and Thailand. It is also assembled from CKD-kits at Toyota's local partners in Malaysia and Taiwan. [1]

The Camry was imported into China as the Toyota Jiamei until 2005. Thereafter, the car was assembled locally and known as the Toyota Kaimeirui, which sounds closer to "Camry".


2007 Toyota Camry

Camry SE V6 shown in Titanium Metallic with available moonroof

built in Australia are exported to New Zealand, the Middle East, South Africa and South Pacific islands.


The latest generation Camry introduces a raised trunk lid, previously seen on the second generation Avalon.


The Camry has won numerous awards, including most recently the 2007 Motor Trend Car of the Year.

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Corolla G5 · Celica LB Turbo · Dome Celica Turbo · 7 · Celica C · TS010 · GT-One · TS030 Hybrid · TF101 · TF102 · TF103 · TF104 · TF105 · TF106 · TF107 · TF108 · TF109 · TF110 · Celica WRC · Corolla WRC · Corolla Group A Rally Car · Corolla Group S Rally Car · 4Runner Baja 1000 · 82C · 83C · 84C · 85C · 86C · 87C · 88C-V · 89C-V · 90C-V · 91C-V · 92C-V · 93C-V · 94C-V · MR2 Group S Rally Car · Celica Twincam Turbo Rally Car · HF89 Eagle

Concept Vehicles

FT-HS · Hybrid X · PM · Endo · FTX · FSC · iQ Concept · FT-MV Concept · i-REAL Concept · Hi-CT Concept · RiN Concept · 1/X Concept · Crown Hybrid Concept · Biomobile Concept · A-BAT Concept · TRD Hilux Concept · Tundra Ducati Desmosedici Transporter Concept · TRD Tundra Street Concept · TRD Tacoma X-Runner Concept · Tacoma V8 Incross Concept · TRD Tundra Double Cab Off-Road Concept · Tacoma Truck Retro Concept · Tundra TR Concept · CNG Camry Hybrid Concept · Lemans Racer Concept · FT-EV Concept · RV-2 Concept · HC-CV Concept · Auris HSD Full Hybrid Concept · Prius Plug-in Hybrid Concept · FT-86 Concept · FT-EV II Electric Vehicle Concept · Surfrider Camry Hybrid CNG Concept · Billabong Ultimate Venza Concept · Tundra Hot Rod Concept · Alessandro Volta · Tacoma TX Package Concept · TRD Camry TS01 Concept · X-Runner Concept · Sportivo Concept · Dedicated Hybrid Concept · FT-CH Concept · FT-86 G Sports Turbo Concept · Prius G Sports Concept · iQ Disco Concept · NORI Concept · Prius C&A Concept · Prius c Concept

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