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Toyota Camry sedan VII

Toyota Camry a driver’s car at

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Looking at the chiselled shape of the 2012 Camry, you can detect a touch of Euro about it.

This is surprising, as in the US, the Honda is the only to have beaten the Toyota for sedan sales in the past 14 largely on the strength of it being of a driver’s car than the Camry and a looking one


Transverse, front- mounted FWD injected 2494cc DOHC 16 four, six- speed transmission. Hybrid models CVTs.

Performance: GL-Max 231Nm at 6000/4100rpm, Atara- Hybrids 118kW/ 213 at 5700/4500rpm. add 105kW240Nm Max total 151kW. — 7.8L/100km, 183g/km Hybrids — 5.2L/100km, CO2.

Chassis: MacPherson struts, dual-link rear Electric power steering; front, solid rear brakes. GL and base Hybrid alloy rims, Atara and hybrid 17×7 alloy

Safety: Anti-Lock Braking, Assist, Electronic Brake-force Vehicle Stability Control, Control. Hybrids add: Controlled Braking with Brake Control and Hill-start Nine airbags.

Dimensions: L H 1470mm, W 1825mm, W/base F/track 1575mm, R/track Weight 1460-1575 kg, Fuel 70L 65L), Luggage volume (Hybrids 421L)

Pricing: GL $44,990, Atara S Atara SX $51,490, Hybrid Hybrid i-Tech $56,890.

New-found nimbleness; transmission; cabin; sharpened styling; GL

NOT: Still looks a like the old model; silly name sounds like an suburb.

VERDICT: By becoming a car to drive with no entry-point new Camry could snare new

at that.

So it doesn’t take a in Automotive Product Planning to out that if you could retain the strengths and add a little gusto to its and powertrain, and sharpen-up its styling the car easily be able to fend-off the and the increasingly popular Hyundai (i45 in NZ).

While the doesn’t have quite the enjoyed Stateside, it’s a on both sides of the Tasman and no doubt that a broader could be found for the car once the wrought for its largest market been taken on board.

The element to notice is the Camry’s for this seventh-generation car has straight to replace the previous model’s lines and it immediately looks better dressed.

Even the GL on smart 16-inch alloy scrubs up well in a pecking-order moves up through two more-heavily slightly sportier Atara and that also includes two of Hybrid.

To tell them apart, the GL the smaller wheels and a grille above a wide centre with two smaller ones side.

The Ataras gain a grille and a narrow centre flanked by wider slots, the Hybrid models — they arrive later in the — will have a treatment to the GL.

For all the Camry’s styling the dimensions are all but identical to those of the model. But while the car hasn’t on the outside, the cabin is palpably with more headroom, leg and shoulder-room and the whole plot is by more than 60kg thanks to the use of more high-strength

The Hybrid Camry’s revamp has the model’s previous big bugbear, was a restricted boot space. has done this by reworking the part of the platform to allow an battery pack to be moved and down a tad.

Toyota in the US that this also crash performance as well as boot volume. Potential customers will be pleased.

of the old 2.4-litre four, every now enjoys a new 2.5-litre unit, pumps out a handy 133kW in the GL and two kW in the Atara, thanks to a new twin-exhaust

The hybrid models’ 2.5-litre only puts out 118kW; but can that, putting out up to 151kW to its electric drive.

Describing Camrys’ handling is easy.

all been cosy, fairly and soft companions on the road having much to reward an driver who likes ‘feel’ and from his or her car.

Toyota New general manager of sales and Steve Prangnell, says about the new car: The package is the spec and line-up are well- to the needs of New Zealand drivers, and is a drive.

He’s not wrong, as the area is where Camry VII is changed.

Toyota has managed to up its Camry’s chassis without the ride quality, and having Camry VI against Camry VII to back this week, say the new car not only slices more through curves and corners the old one, but it does so with better ride quality.

The hasn’t become a road-racer night, but its precision and steering is a revelation.

A new chassis package was designed to increased stability and agility, with a flatter ride, better feel with steering response. achieved increased body and steering rigidity.

Toyota Camry sedan VII

Electric power is now used, and it and the chassis were by Australian engineers to suit the tastes and road conditions on both sides of the Tasman.

new body has 20 per cent more up front which allows generated by the tyres to be transmitted directly, with benefits in terms of handling stability and feel.

The stiffer set-up that the car’s dampers can be for increased ride comfort.

The result is a flatter ride and stable feel over with the crisper steering mirrored by the car’s improved end stability.

It all conspires to make for a that corners harder and with more agility any before it.

The good thing the car’s chassis, is that VII appears to have been a driving environment to match.

behind the wheel, the average will feel much special than before a neatly stitched dash big easy-to-use buttons on the air- and sound systems, and even the GL’s vinyl wheel rim chunky and built for steering than merely hanging on to.

On the safety front, the Camry VII now has airbags as standard including a knee airbag, while safety reads like an soup of technical acronyms Vehicle Stability Control Traction Control (TRC) and ABS Electronic Brake-force Distribution and Brake Assist (BA).

On the comfort and equipment front, Camry takes air conditioning, a hot CD system, with Bluetooth and audio-streaming capabilities, along Auxiliary and USB input and iPod

They also get audio and controls on or close to the steering and six-speakers for the sound system.

The S model adds bigger wheels, a reversing camera a 6.1-inch touch-screen, dual- air conditioning, a leather steering rim and gearshift knob, and a power seat with lumbar

The Atara SX throws in a sports interior, sports pedals and headlights.

Toyota New Zealand’s manager of product planning, Lala said: We’re the seventh-generation Camry to a Swiss knife. Its got all the tools required the work day, plus got the flexibility to tick the boxes for use in private life as well.

So, the new Camry’s a driver’s car at last and middle-of-the-road sedan has suddenly over all honed, and more defined in both its looks and its

It has done so without losing the points that made the it the seller for all those years.

It has gained a cabin that to look after you rather merely sit you down, and a driving that doesn’t treat you an item of ballast.

A good car to to from larger sixes, and Toyota for a nice crisp new Though it’s styling is to stop traffic in its wake, you now actually remember what it like when you reach front door.

Toyota Camry sedan VII
Toyota Camry sedan VII
Toyota Camry sedan VII
Toyota Camry sedan VII


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