Toyota Camry (XV50)
|Toyota Camry (XV50)|
2012 Toyota Camry SE (US)
|Also called||Daihatsu Altis (2012–present)|
|Production||21 August 2011 – present|
|Assembly||Japan: Toyota, Aichi (Tsutsumi plant)
Australia: Altona, Victoria (TMCA)
India: Bidadi (TKML)
Indonesia: Sunter (TAM)
Russia: Saint Petersburg
Taiwan: Kuanying (Kuozui Motors)
United States: Georgetown, Kentucky (TMMK); Lafayette, Indiana (SIA)
|Body and chassis|
|Layout||Front-engine, front-wheel drive|
|Platform||Toyota K platform|
|Engine||2.0 L 1AZ-FE I4 145hp
2.5 L 2AR-FE I4 178hp-181hp
3.5 L 2GR-FE V6 268hp
2.5 L 2AR-FXE I4 154hp Hybrid
|Wheelbase||2,775 mm (109.3 in)|
|Length||4,805 mm (189.2 in) & 4,820 mm (189.8 in)|
|Width||1,820 mm (71.7 in)|
|Height||1,470 mm (57.9 in)|
|Curb weight||1,447 kg (3,190 lb) (LE)
1,470 kg (3,240 lb) (SE)
1,540 kg (3,395 lb) (XLE V6)
1,551 kg (3,420 lb) (SE V6)
|Predecessor||Toyota Camry (XV40)|
The Toyota Camry (XV50) is a mid-size car that has been produced by Toyota since August 2011. Replacing the XV40 series, the XV50 represents the seventh generation of the Toyota Camry in all markets outside of Japan, which follows a different generational lineage.
The new Camry was introduced on August 23, 2011, and was released in Japan on September 5, 2011, and in the U.S. later that same month. The interior received a major restyling, while the exterior received all-new sheet metal and more angular styling. Power options are the 2.5-liter 2AR-FE 4-cylinder and the 3.5-liter 2GR-FE V6. The power output for the 2AR-FE was increased to 133 kW (178 hp) across the entire product line while the power output for the V6 remained unchanged. EPA fuel economy numbers for both engines increased, with the V6 engine increased to 21 mpg-US (11 L/100 km; 25 mpg-imp) city cycle, 30 mpg-US (8 L/100 km; 36 mpg-imp) highway cycle and the 4-cylinder having 25 mpg-US (9 L/100 km; 30 mpg-imp) city cycle and 35 mpg-US (7 L/100 km; 42 mpg-imp) highway cycle. The engine produces 170 foot-pounds of torque.
The new Camry is the first Camry to be offered in the U.S. without a manual transmission. The U.S. Camry has a 6-speed automatic transmission, with SE models featuring paddle shifters for manual shifts. CVT is still offered on hybrid models. In Japan, the new Camry is exclusive to Toyota Corolla Store locations.
The 2013 model year Camry was released in Japan on September 3, 2012, but was delayed in the U.S. until late January 2013 due to power shortages in Japan caused by the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.
The U.S. SE model is fitted with a sports-tuned suspension, 17-inch alloy wheels (with 18-inch alloys on V6 models), fog lamps, unique interior and exterior styling treatment, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, sport seats, and shift paddles to differentiate it from the rest of the line-up. Despite similar exterior dimensions with the XV40 Camry, Toyota was able to increase the interior volume by restyling the interior panels so that they follow the contour of the exterior panels.
Prices in the U.S. start at US$21,955. The SE, XLE trims and the hybrid had no price change or a reduction of between $200 and $2000 with respect to the previous year. The Camry LE had a price increase of $710, while the new base level Camry L was introduced to the lineup.
Camry models in Australia and New Zealand have a new two-tier naming and styling structure. Altise remains the base model while Ateva, Sportivo and Grande have been replaced by the Atara S, SX and SL. Australian Camrys have different interior fabrics, colour, and trim as well as the steering and suspension settings that were adapted for the local market. The Altise (base) starts at A$30,490 and the Atara SL (top-end) is A$39,990. The hybrid model is expected to launch later on in 2012. 
The Camry Hybrid received improvements, including a revised version of the Hybrid Synergy Drive, paired with an Atkinson cycle version of the standard 2AR-FE 2.5 liter 4-cylinder, the 2AR-FXE. The engine delivers net system power of 149 kW (200 bhp), up from 139 kW (187 bhp) in the previous model, and allows the new model to achieve a 39% increase in fuel economy rating, giving the Camry Hybrid best MPG ratings among mid-size sedans. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rated the Camry Hybrid LE as:
|LE||5.5 L/100 km (43 mpg-US)||6.0 L/100 km (39 mpg-US)||5.7 L/100 km (41 mpg-US)|
|XLE||5.9 L/100 km (40 mpg-US)||6.2 L/100 km (38 mpg-US)||5.9 L/100 km (40 mpg-US)|
Toyota introduced a substantial mid-cycle restyling to the Camry XV50 at the 2014 New York International Auto Show in April 2014. The changes, applicable to the entire 2015 model year lineup and dubbed the “big minor change” (not a new generation) consist mainly of the alteration of all of the exterior panels, only the roof remained unchanged. The powertrain is the same of the pre-lift model. According to Toyota, more than 2,000 new parts have gone into improving the car. The 2015 Camry has an aggressive front bumper featuring a wider and more prominent trapezoidal grille shape. The interior has a more premium appearance, with better materials, improved amenities and a little more space for passengers. The window and door seals were improved to reduce wind and road noise.
Media related to Category:Toyota Camry Hybrid (XV50) at Wikimedia Commons
- "A look at Toyota’s 25 years in Kentucky". KyForward. Lexington, Kentucky. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
- Lienert, Anita (2011-09-02). "2012 Toyota Camry To Hit Showrooms Ahead of Schedule". Edmunds.com. Retrieved 2012-05-09.
- "Vehicle Table - 2012 Toyota Camry". U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (fueleconomy.gov). Retrieved 2012-08-22.
- Stoklosa, Alexander (2011-08-23). "Toyota Prices 2012 Camry from $22,715; Hybrid Model Rated at 43 mpg City". Car and Driver. Retrieved 2011-08-29.
- Beissmann, Tim (2011-12-07). "2012 Toyota Camry prices and specifications". CarAdvice. Retrieved 2012-01-01.
- "Toyota introduces 7th generation Camry for 2012 with improved fuel economy and performance across all models; ~39% jump in EPA city cycle fuel economy for the hybrid". Green Car Congress. 2011-08-23. Retrieved 2012-05-09.
- Loveday, Eric (2011-08-29). "How the 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid differs from its predecessor". AutoblogGreen. Retrieved 2012-05-09.
- "Compare side-by-side: 2012 Toyota Camry". U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (fueleconomy.gov). Retrieved 2012-08-22. The comparison shows fuel economy for the Camry Hybrid trims LE and XLE, and the gasoline-powered models with 2.5L and 3.5L engines.
- Antony Ingram (2014-04-17). "2015 Toyota Camry: New York Auto Show Live Photos". Green Car Congress. Retrieved 2014-04-17.
- Jerry Hirsh (2014-04-16). "New York Auto Show: Toyota shows off new aggressive Camry styling". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2014-04-17.
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