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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.

Instead of the old 2.4-litre four, Camry now enjoys a new 2.5-litre which pumps out a handy in the GL and two kW more in the Atara, thanks to a new system.

The hybrid models’ unit only puts out but can supplement that, putting out up to thanks to its electric drive.

previous Camrys’ handling is

They’ve all been cosy, quiet and soft companions on the without having much to an enthusiastic driver who likes and communication from his or her car.

New Zealand’s general manager of and operations, Steve Prangnell, this about the new car: The is great, the spec and line-up are suited to the needs of New Zealand and is a great drive.

He’s not as the latter area is where VII is most changed.

Toyota has to sharpen up its Camry’s chassis ruining the ride quality, and driven Camry VI against VII back to back this I’d say the new car not only slices accurately through curves and than the old one, but it does so even better ride

The Camry hasn’t become a over night, but its precision and response 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, yes, the new Camry’s a driver’s car at and everyone’s middle-of-the-road sedan has come over all honed, and clearly defined in both its and its chassis.

It has done so without the strong points that the it the best seller for all those

It has also gained a cabin likes to look after you than merely sit you down, and a environment that doesn’t you like an item of ballast.

A car to downsize to from larger and thanks Toyota for a nice new style. Though it’s is unlikely to stop traffic in its you might now actually remember it looks like when you your front door.

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


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