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Toyota Camry

Toyota Camry

The Toyota Camry is a mid-size car assembled by Toyota in Tsutsumi, (Japan); Georgetown, Kentucky; Altona, Victoria, Australia and most recently Guangzhou, China. In some markets, the top range Camry models are seen as executive cars. The Camry has been the best selling car in the United States, its largest consumer market, for nine of the last ten years starting in 1997, with the only exception being 2001. The Camry also sells very well in Australia, Canada, and a number of Asian markets - in particular Cambodia where the vast majority of cars are Camrys.[1] It has not sold as well in Europe and Japan; many criticize its design as ill-suited for European and Japanese tastes.

A version known as the Aurion, with revised front- and rear-end treatment and changes to the interior, is sold in Asia and Australia, often alongside the Camry in several of these markets. There is also a coupe/convertible derivative sold first as Camry Coupé and later spun off into its own line as the Camry Solara; the Solara now no longer mirrors the design of the current four-door Camry. An up-branded luxury version of the Camry was sold in Japan as the Toyota Windom until 2006; the related Lexus ES in North America, Asia, and the Middle East shares major chassis and drivetrain components with the Camry.

The name "Camry" comes from a phonetic transcription of the Japanese word kanmuri (冠, かんむり), which means "crown", as did the names of the Toyota Crown, Corolla and Corona.

Celica Camry (1980–1982)

Celica Camry
1982 Celica Camry
1982 Celica Camry
Also called Toyota Carina
Toyota Corona
Toyota Celica
Production 1980–1982
Assembly Toyota City, Japan
Body style(s) 4-door sedan
Layout FR layout
Engine(s) 1.6 L 12T-U I4 (88 hp)
1.8 L 13T-U I4 (96 hp)
2.0 L I4, 96 hp

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 was based on the rear-wheel drive Celica (as were 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.

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)

First generation
Toyota Camry sedan
Also called Toyota Vista
Production 1983–1986
Assembly Toyota City, Japan
Body style(s) 4-door sedan
5-door hatchback
Layout FF layout
Engine(s) 1.8 L 1S-L I4 (74 hp)
1.8 L 1C-TL(C) I4, 74 hp
2.0 L 2S-ELC I4, 92 hp
2.0 L 2C-TLC turbodiesel I4, 92 hp
Transmission(s) 5-speed manual
4-speed A140E automatic
Wheelbase 102.4 in
Length 175.6 in
Width 66.5 in
Height Sedan: 53.9 in

In 1982 for the 1983 model year, the Camry became an independent model line, and was sold as a compact 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 was available with a 92 hp SAE (68 kW) 2.0 L 2S-ELC engine, 1.8 L 1C-TLC or a 74 hp 2.0 L 2C-TLC turbodiesel engine, four-door sedan or five-door hatchback body style, 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. In Australia, only the petrol-fueled hatchback was sold.

Toyota Camry hatchback
Toyota Camry hatchback

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.

The United Kingdom, and much of Continental Europe got the saloon versions: these were available in 1.8 GLi or 2.0 GLi trim levels. A 2.0 GLD turbodiesel was also offered, but this is rare nowadays. A hatchback version was also available.

Second generation (1987–1991)

Second generation
1991 Toyota Camry DX sedan
Also called Toyota Vista
Holden Apollo
Production 1987–1991
Assembly Toyota City, Japan
Georgetown, Kentucky
Altona, Victoria, Australia
Body style(s) 4-door sedan
4-door station wagon
Layout Front engine, front-wheel drive / Four-wheel drive
Engine(s) 1.8 L 1S I4(1987-1989), 86 hp
2.0 L 3S-FE I4, 110 hp
2.5 L 2VZ-FE V6, 156 hp
Transmission(s) 5-speed S51 or S53 manual (FF 4-cyl)
5-speed E52 manual (V6)
5-speed E56F5 manual (AWD)
4-speed A140E automatic
4-speed A540E automatic (V6)
4-speed A540H automatic (AWD)
Wheelbase 102.4 in
Length Sedan: 182.1 in
Wagon: 183.1 in
Width Base Sedan: 66.5 in
DLX & LE Sedan & Base Wagon: 67.4 in
AWD, V6 Sedan & V6 Wagon: 67.3 in
Height Sedan: 54.1 in
Wagon: 54.5 in
Curb weight 2,734-2,855 pounds
Related Lexus ES

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 compact car. In 1988, an all-wheel drive system (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 was fuel-injected with 24 valves, and dual overhead camshafts, much like the upgraded 130 hp JIS (96 kW) 4-cylinder.

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

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, the first wholly-owned U.S. Toyota plant, 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, even to this day (more than two decades after production).

The 1987 Camry marked the first generation of Camry to be built in Australia. In fact, it was the first Camry ever made outside of Japan. A 1.8 L 4-cylinder engine rated at 64 kW (86 hp) was standard on the base model, while a 2.0 L 4-cylinder rated 88 kW (116 hp) was available on all others. In 1988, a 2.5 L 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 1.8 L engine was dropped, and was replaced with a carbureted 2.0 L engine, producing 82 kW (110 hp).

In Japan there was a GT model using the older 3S-GE engine as used on the Celica. This particular model also had a factory strut brace similar to an AE92 Corolla and rode on the V6 model's 15 inch alloy wheels. This particular model also had an electronic instrument cluster.

Third generation (1992–1996)

Third generation
1992-1994 Toyota Camry sedan
Also called Toyota Vista
Holden Apollo
Production 1992–1996
Assembly Tsutsumi, Japan
Georgetown, Kentucky
Altona, Victoria, Australia
Body style(s) 2-door coupe
4-door sedan
4-door station wagon
Layout FF layout
Engine(s) 2.2 L 5S-FE I4, 130 hp
3.0 L 1MZ-FE V6, 194 hp
3.0 L 3VZ-FE V6, 185 hp
Transmission(s) 5-speed manual
4-speed A140E automatic
4-speed A541E automatic
4-speed A540E automatic
Wheelbase 103.1 in
Length Sedan: 187.8 in
Wagon: 189.4 in
Width 69.7 in
Height Coupe: 54.9 in
Sedan: 55.1 in
Base Wagon: 56.3 in
I4 Sedan: 56.5 in
Related Toyota Scepter
Lexus ES/Toyota Windom
Toyota Avalon

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". At the same time the Corolla was moved to the compact class, the Camry moved to the mid-size class. 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 125 hp SAE 5S-FE (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. The SE model is different from the LE and XLE in appearance with the addition of a standard V6 engine, rear spoiler, and black side mirrors.

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

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 Camry, 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 (discussed below). In 1994, an all new aluminum V6 with 24-valves and four cams also debut, bumping horsepower from 185hp to 188hp. This year, all Camrys came with standard dual front airbags whereas the 1992-1993 Camrys only has driver's airbag.

The same year, the Japanese 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 Ten Best list for 1992 and 1993.

In the US, the third generation Camry was given a facelift for the 1995 model year. Minor exterior changes included a revised front fascia with different turn signals and more rounded headlights, reminiscent of those of the Geo Prizm, a rebadged Toyota Corolla. In addition, the rear fascia was updated, now with body-coloured plastic between the taillights (where it said "CAMRY"), instead of the red plastic on higher trimlevels and black plastic on lower trimlevels of the 1992 to 1994 models. The taillights themselves were also slightly different.

Both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) publish crash information for the Camry. The third-generation Camry was tested for only frontal (NHTSA) and frontal offset (IIHS) crashes. NHTSA gave the 1995 Camry four stars for the driver and three stars for the passenger. [1] The IIHS scored the same car "Acceptable" overall, with three out of six categories listed as acceptable and the other three listed as good. [2]


In Australia, the 4-cylinder Camrys 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 model was renamed CSI and the CSI was renamed the CSX. All V6 Models have a colour coded front air intake or grille.

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 much rarer 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. Manual is quite common V6 models. Towards the end of the model run, limited edition Getaway and Intrigue sedan models were launched. Yet again the Vienta models have a colour coded front air intake or grille.

United Kingdom

In the United Kingdom, the Camry range was more limited, compared with Japan, Australia and the United States. It was launched in October 1991. It consisted of the 2.2 GL and 3.0 V6 GX models in sedan and station wagon form. The GX version had automatic transmission only. Other changes to the line-up included:

  • From October 1993, the base GL model was rebadged 2.2i 16v, this version got a new 16-valve 2.2 L engine.
  • From June 1994, a new 3.0 V6 model was available. Like the GX, it had an automatic transmission only but was more basic.

Fourth generation (1997–2001)

Fourth generation
1997-1999 Toyota Camry
Also called Daihatsu Altis
Toyota Vista
Production 1997–2001
Assembly Tsutsumi, Japan
Georgetown, Kentucky
Altona, Victoria, Australia
Body style(s) 4 door sedan
4-door station wagon (non-US)
Layout FF layout
Engine(s) 2.2 L 5S-FE I4 133 hp
3.0 L 1MZ-FE V6 194 hp
Transmission(s) 5-speed manual
4-speed A140E automatic
4-speed A541E automatic
Wheelbase 105.2 in (2670 mm)
Length 189.8 in (4820 mm)
Width 70.1 in (1780 mm)
Height 55.4 in (1400 mm)
Related Lexus ES/Toyota Windom
Toyota Sienna
Lexus RX
Toyota Highlander
Toyota Camry Solara
Toyota Avalon

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 1997 to 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.

The Camry Solara was added in coupe form in 1999, and then a convertible form in 2000. In contrast to the third generation Camry coupe, the Camry Solara was a significant styling departure from the sedan. The Solara was available in SE and SLE trims, corresponding roughly to the sedan's LE and XLE trims.

In the United States, the 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 trim levels were 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 (model: S51) were only available on the CE trim level, LE V6, 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 Ten Best list for 1997.

Tuners have successfully swapped a 2JZ-GTE inline 6 cylinder engine into this generation of Camry.

A more upmarket version of Camry Gracia wagon was sold in Japan as Mark II Qualis. It had no relation to Mark II sedan besides front and rear optics, which simulated those of Mark II X100. Mark II Qualis was also available in 3.0G version, with 1MZ-FE V6 engine, not available in JDM Camrys.


In Australia, unlike the previous generation, the Camry name 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 only); 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 was launched. The Vienta V6 range was discontinued due to the launch of the 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 wagon, both of which were available with an automatic transmission only. Towards the end of the model run, the limited edition Intrigue and Advantage sedans were launched.

Fifth generation (2002–2006)

Fifth generation
2002-2004 Toyota Camry
Also called Daihatsu Altis
Production 2002–2006
Assembly Tsutumi, Japan
Georgetown, Kentucky
Altona, Victoria, Australia
Chachoengsao, Thailand
Santa Rosa, Laguna, Philippines
Shah Alam, Malaysia
Taipei, Taiwan
Body style(s) 4-door sedan
Layout FF layout
Engine(s) 2.4 L 2AZ-FE I4, 157 hp
3.0 L 1MZ-FE V6, 192 hp
3.0 L 1MZ-FE VVT-i V6, 210 hp
3.3 L 3MZ-FE VVT-i V6 SE (2004-2006), 225 hp
Transmission(s) 5-speed manual
4-speed U241E automatic
5-speed U151E automatic
4-speed U140E automatic
5-speed U250E automatic
Wheelbase 2720 mm (107.1 in)
Length 4805 mm (189.2 in)
Width 1795 mm (70.7 in)
Height 1490 mm (58.7 in) (2005-06)
1470 mm (57.9 in) (2002-04 LE)
1480 mm (58.3 in) (2002-04 SE & XLE)
Related Lexus ES/Toyota Windom
Toyota Sienna
Lexus RX
Toyota Highlander
Toyota Camry Solara
Toyota Avalon

In September 2001, the Toyota Camry was released as a larger sedan (taking styling cues from the successful Vitz, Corolla and Solara) only, but without a station wagon for the first time. Due to station wagons losing popularity to minivans and crossover SUVs, the Camry wagon was replaced by the Toyota Sienna minivan (in North America only) and the Toyota Highlander SUV, both vehicles utilizing the Camry's platform.

The front end of the car was 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 was a decidedly tall vehicle. It was 2.5 in (64 mm) taller and had 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 were available with a manual transmission when equipped with the four-cylinder engine. Any model could be equipped with a V6 or an automatic transmission, although the manual transmission was not available on V6 models. The Camry XLE had an engine that was equipped with a drive-by-wire throttle.

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 2AZ-FE VVT-i I4 engine that was available on the Camry.

In late 2004, the 2005 Camry was introduced with new upgrades such as a chrome grille (though the SE had a sportier grille), new headlight and taillight designs, redesigned front bumper, and new wheels. A new base trim level was added, which was 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 V6-powered XLEs. A 5-speed automatic transmission was now available on both the V6 and I4 engines; the I4 engine receiving the new transmission for the 2005 model year.

The second generation Camry Solara was introduced in 2003 as a 2004 model. Again, styling from the Camry was radically different, taking design cues from the Lexus SC430. The 2.4 L VVT-i engine was still offered, however, a new 3.3 L VVT-i V6 was optional. The Solara also received the new 5-speed automatic transmission the sedan was given. In addition to the 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.

Australia and New Zealand

In Australia and New Zealand, the 2002 to 2006 Camry is available in five different trims: the Altise, Ateva, Sportivo, Grande (2004 onwards), and Azura. The Altise, Ateva, and Sportivo are available with either the 2.4 L four cylinder or the 3.0 L V6 engine, whilst the Grande and Azura were only available with the V6. Only the Altise and Sportivo models could be fitted with a manual transmission — all other models are equipped with a four-speed automatic transmission. In 2003, the V6-powered Altise Sport model was introduced, which is basically the Altise model with the sports suspension that was fitted on the Sportivo and Azura models and was available in manual and automatic trasmission. The Australian and New Zealand Camry Sportivo corresponds roughly to the American Camry SE.

The Australian and New Zealand models were significantly different from the other Camry models around the world and had around 77% locally developed components to suit Australian and New Zealand roads and driving conditions. The brakes, body panels (which would only fit on the Australian made body and chassis), headlights, seats, radio antenna and suspension were all locally developed after 10,000 km of extensive testing in New Zealand under the supervision of Toyota engineers. Power output on the Altise Sport, V6 Sportivo and Azura models was 145 kW (194 hp) compared with the 141 kW (189 hp) of the standard V6 models due to a high-flow rear muffler.

When the revised range was launched in Australia and New Zealand in September 2004, the Grande model was reintroduced which, together with the Azura model, were the top-of-the-range models. The Grande however was fitted with the standard suspension rather than the sports suspension as fitted on the Azura model. The Grande and Azura models have Satellite Navigation (GPS) as standard equipment, and were the first Toyota models in Australia to be fitted with the new Toyota Link system. The Toyota Link system is a state-of-the-art satellite and mobile SMS GSM communications system that gives the driver access to roadside assistance and emergency help via the electrochromatic rear view mirror. In August 2005 the Altise Sport model was reintroduced (V6 auto only) together with Altise Limited (four-cylinder and V6) that has additional features. The Ateva model had an interior upgrade to leather trim and rear passenger air conditioning vents. The Altise was repositioned as a fleet model and manual transmission was no longer available on V6 Sportivo models from January 2006 production. Automatic Camrys in Australia still used the dated four-speed rather than the new five-speed introduced in the US across the range. The new 3.3-liter engine that replaced the 3.0 in the American V6 also did not come to Australia.

A number of milestones were achieved with this generation's Camry in Australia. The one millionth Camry (Black Azura) built in Australia and 10 millionth Camry worldwide rolled off the production line at Altona in September 2004. In May 2006 Toyota Australia exported the 500,000th Camry to New Zealand, in recognition of the relationship between Toyota Australia and Toyota New Zealand. More than 90% of Australian Camry exports are left-hand drive vehicles to Middle East countries including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates. The overseas demand for the Australian-made Camry is still running at record levels, despite the release of an all-new model in August 2006. The current Australian-made Camry remains one of the top-selling passenger vehicles in Saudi Arabia. In the Middle East, the fifth generation Camry is available in 4 trim levels: XLi, GLi, Touring, and Grande V6.

A high performance concept of the Toyota Camry, named the Toyota Camry TS-01 was shown at the 2005 Melbourne International Motor Show. This concept vehicle had significant performance and visual upgrades from the production Toyota Camry and was one of the concept vehicles designed what is now TRD Australia.

East and Southeast Asia

A post-2004 facelift fifth generation Camry in Malaysia.
A post-2004 facelift fifth generation Camry in Malaysia.

The Camry in Taiwan and Malaysia of this generation looked very similar to other versions, but the front end had a "thicker" grille and larger, all-white, differently shaped headlights [3]. The reverse lights were moved onto the trunk and were somewhat similar to the lights on a second generation Avalon's trunk [4]. The older models from 2002-2003 had tail lights with a white streak across them [5], while models 2004 and later did not [6].

In the Philippines, the fifth generation Camry was initially introduced with 2.0 and 2.4-liter engines, with four-speed automatics and no manual option. Compared to the US version, this had a different front end design (grille and headlights), as well as inner taillight garnishes. The facelifted version saw off the 2.0 and introduced the 3.0-liter V6 with five-speed automatic along with new colors and wheel design.

Sixth generation (2007-2011)

Sixth generation
2007 Toyota Camry LE
Also called Daihatsu Altis
Production 2007–present
Assembly Altona, Victoria, Australia
Guangzhou, China
Georgetown, Kentucky
Lafayette, Indiana
Tahara, Aichi, Japan
St. Petersburg, Russia
Chachoengsao, Thailand

Santa Rosa, Laguna, Philippines Shah Alam, Malaysia

Taipei, Taiwan
Body style(s) 4-door sedan
Layout FF layout
Engine(s) 2.4 L 2AZ-FE I4, 158 hp
2.4 L 2AZ-FXE I4 (Hybrid only) 158 hp
3.5 L 2GR-FE V6, 268 hp
Transmission(s) 5-speed manual
6-speed manual
5-speed U250E automatic
6-speed U660E automatic
P311 CVT (Hybrid only)
Wheelbase 2776 mm (109.3 in)
Length 4805 mm (189.2 in)
Width 1820 mm (71.7 in)
Height 1470 mm (57.9 in)
Related Lexus ES/Toyota Windom
Toyota Sienna
Lexus RX
Toyota Highlander
Toyota Camry Solara
Toyota Aurion

The sixth generation Camry went on sale in March 2006. It was significantly redesigned, with a 56 mm longer wheelbase, but the overall length remained the same. It was introduced at the 2006 North American International Auto Show alongside a hybrid version.

The sixth generation Toyota Camry sold in some countries in Asia and the Middle East have different exterior body parts and a similar interior to the Camry depicted.

Sales in the United States, the primary market for the Camry, significantly increased in the year following release. Quarterly record sales totalled 46,630 for second quarter of the American 2007 model year.[2]

International production

Toyota Camrys are produced at Georgetown, Kentucky, USA, Aichi, Japan, Melbourne, Australia, and in China (for the Chinese market only). The Camry sold in China shares the front and rear design used for the Australian 6 cylinder 'Aurion'.

On 20 April 2007, Camry manufacturing began at Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. in Lafayette, Indiana USA, with intended production of about 100,000 units per year.

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 containing equipment that is compatible with Japanese towing systems; US-made models are denoted with a VIN starting with "4".[7]

Camry Hybrid

Main article: Toyota Camry Hybrid

The sixth-generation Toyota Camry is first generation in which the Camry has been available as a gasoline/electric hybrid. The Camry Hybrid utilizes Toyota’s second generation Hybrid Synergy Drive and contains a 4-cylinder engine in conjunction with a 40 HP electric motor. The Camry is currently the third Toyota model to be offered as a hybrid, the others being the Toyota Prius and the Toyota Highlander.

Camry Hybrids were initially built solely in Japan. The majority of production, however, has since shifted to Toyota’s Georgetown, Kentucky plant, which is projected to produce 45,000 of the vehicles per year.[citation needed].

EPA fuel economy estimates for the 2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid are 40 MPG (City) and 38 MPG (Highway). EPA’s revised method of estimating fuel economy for 2008 and subsequent model years, which now considers the effects of air conditioning, rapid acceleration and cold temperatures, estimates 33 MPG (City) and 34 MPG (Highway).[3]

Australia and New Zealand

The sixth generation Camry went on sale in Australia and New Zealand on August 20, 2006. For the first time in 18 years, it is marketed in those countries as a four cylinder model only. The simplified model range consists of the 'Altise', 'Sportivo', 'Ateva', and 'Grande' (in ascending order in terms of price). The Grande model was the first Australian-made Camry to be fitted with rain-sensing wipers, stability control, traction control and Bluetooth connectivity.[citation needed] Stability control was not available across the range until August 2007.

Although Camry models are only offered with four cylinder engines, the Toyota Aurion, which has side windows, windscreen and roof panels identical to those in the Camry, is offered with V6 engines.[4]


In 2009 model year, the cost for entire line was lowered by up to $2500.[5] XLE trim is restricted to V6 model. Manual transmission was only offered in 4-cylinder SE model. New Navigation package, which is built on top of SE V6 Leather and JBL package, include DVD-based navigation system with 7-inch LCD screen. In addition, most models include more standard equipment, such as Vehicle Stability Control and Traction Control.

Safety and reliability

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the 2007 Toyota Camry and the Camry Hybrid a five-star safety rating for frontal crashes for both driver and passenger. Both models also received a five-star safety rating for side impact crashes for driver and passenger. The Camry received a four-star safety rating for rollovers. The Camry Hybrid was not tested for rollovers.[6][7]

The sixth generation model Toyota Camry received a four-star safety rating as a result of Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) testing.[8]

Consumer Reports 2007 Annual Car Reliability Survey gave the V6 version of the Toyota Camry a "below average" rating, thus removing the V6 Camry from Consumer Reports' "Recommended" list. This rating does not apply to the four cylinder and hybrid versions, which continued to be recommended.[9]

South East Asia and China

The Camry sold in the ASEANations is essentially a rebadged version of Toyota Aurion sold in Australia. However, the interior is carried over from the USDM/JDM Camrys, with some difference.

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