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Toyota Australia has dropped the five-speed manual Toyota Camry from its line-up as a result of dwindling sales.

A Toyota Australia spokesman today confirmed local production of Camry vehicles with the manual transmission would cease at the end of May.

“We will continue making it until the end of production this month,” the spokesman said.

He confirmed sales of the manual Camry had dipped to “low double-digits”, well below 50 sales per month. Toyota Australia sold 1577 Camrys in Australia in April, meaning manuals accounted for less than three out of every 100 Camrys sold.

The spokesman said Camry customers still had the option to select gears manually by using the standard five-speed automatic transmission’s tiptronic function.

The removal of the manual transmission option from the current-generation Camry makes it likely that the next-generation Camry (due in Australia either late-2011 or early-2012) will be auto-only.

It is expected that the new Camry will come standard with a six-speed automatic transmission, while the Hybrid Camry (to be updated soon after the conventional non-hybrid Camry) will retain its continuously variable transmission (CVT).

Towards the end of its life, the manual transmission has only been available in the entry-level Altise and sports-oriented Sportivo models. The manual models are priced the same as the autos, and despite offering a weight saving of 35-40kg, they are less fuel efficient than the autos (8.9 litres/100km vs 8.8 litres/100km).

Toyota Australia’s website no longer lists the manual transmission as an available option for Camry customers.

Sales of the Camry have dropped 18.6 percent this year compared with the first four months of 2010 (5806 sales vs 7132). The Camry still maintains a commanding 32.8 percent share of the sub-$60K medium segment, although this has decreased from 37.3 percent in 2010.

2011 Toyota Camry manufacturer’s list prices:

  • Altise – $30,490
  • Touring SE – $30,990
  • Ateva – $32,490
  • Sportivo – $33,990
  • Grande – $39,990
  • Hybrid Camry – $36,990
  • Hybrid Camry Luxury – $39,990



  • Naughtyius Maximus

    Its more to please the muesli munching cardigan set anyway! A manual means bit more bling and oomph performance so as this does not go hand in hand with Camry – dropping to an auto is hardly suprising!

  • bangel

    So all this confirms that most camry owners cant drive , what is it in this country , go to europe , the reverse .

    Confirms we are a clone of the lazy fat americans

    • Grammar Nazi

      Exactly. You would get laughed out of a car rental office in Europe if you asked for an auto option.

    • Phil

      Yes in Europe they dont even sell the Camry.

      The similar “Avensis” is a standard 6 spd manual across a range of 6 models and even though it too, is aimed at the ‘muesli munching cardigan set’, the 3 volume selling models dont even offer a automatic option at all.

      • F1MotoGP

        You can buy Avensis with auto in Germany. 1.8 petrol CVT. 2690 Euro. 2.0L petrol CVT 30800 Euro, 2.2L diesel 6 speed auto 29900 Euro.

        • Phil

          Yes,

          6 models

          3 models that don’t offer automatics
          =
          3 models that do offer automatics.

    • Roadtard

      Lazy and fat? Speak for yourself, bangel.

  • bold

    seriously, rental companies in europe will be happy if you want auto, it is a lot more profitable to lease them due to high price tag.

  • Alexander

    damn, there goes being able to do burnouts in a camry :(

    • Phil

      Actually in the manual tranmission Camrys it was impossible to turn off the traction control anyway. Automatics did actually have a secret method to switch it off.

      • Alexander

        Typical Toyota, what’s the point of having switchable TC in an Auto? Was this only on the current gen? there are heaps of Youtube videos of the last gen Camry doing crazy stuff in Saudi Arabia, inc burnouts…

        • Camski

          All Toyota’s/Lexus’ have switchable TC/ESP using what is known as “the pedal dance”.

          • Phil

            I wouldnt really say it’s switchable.

            You have to stop the car, turn it off, switch it on again and then do the ‘pedal dance’ which takes several moments.
            Then to switch it back on, you have to stop, turn the engine off and restart the engine.
            It’s not at all convinient and as I mentioned earlier, it doesn’t work in manual versions.

  • Doctor

    Not surprising autos are all the rage with fleet cars.
    Anyway, who wants a manual fridge!

  • Mark

    Hope they can have a 7 speed diesel/hybrid auto , that would be great thing ever! As far as I know Volvo will offer a wagon for this engine and gearbox!!!
    After all Camry is a very reliable car, well priced for Aus, good resale value, great service and cheap parts, won’t go wrong to pick a Camry, and i know many people would say so boring , but I do have good faith in locally built camry, good job Toyota

  • Anthony

    What is it with ‘everyone’ wanting to drive autos? My work place will not allow manuals to be purchased simply because not everyone can drive a manual… what a joke.

    I believe the lazy driving of automatic cars is part of the problem on our roads… one has to think less when driving an auto.

  • UMWHAT

    damn, will they at least have a dual clutch paddle shifting transmission

  • Mr Gaspo

    Zzzzzzzzzz… Sorry did I miss something?

    • bert

      Yeah you just went past in your daewoo/barina/spark doing 55kph flat! ha! ha! ha!

  • Jon

    I and my-in-future wife love driving a manual car, my car is VW Golf 6 spd manual and her car’s old car is also manual too (5 spd), very economy and cheaper to run. Now her car is Captiva auto cos of in-future kids. I keep manual car for long long time, she can drive my car. :)

  • Ken

    This is a common thing with car manufactures. I prefer a manual anyday over an auto. People get lazy and it won’t be long before mnuals are dropped completely.
    All this talk of driving an auto as a manual if you want is rubbish. It’s not the same as driving a manual with a clutch and gear stick. Paddle shifts, Triptronic, DSG etc is still an auto gearbox.

  • bangel

    Spot on KEN , my lady recently got a swift sports , mostly city driven , why did you not think about the auto , i asked .

    Dont be stupid , thats boring its not sporty to drive .

    I dread to think what an auto swift would be like .

    We hired cars in europe last year , no auto’s on the price list , however sir we offer sat nav for an extra 10 euro’s a day ,nice little earner .

  • Steve

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a current gen camry in manual. Wasn’t aware they even made them.

  • Leyianart

    Boring car for boring people…

    • lolwut

      You must be Exciting then!

      What car do you drive?

      Cars DOES NOT equal people…

      more like AFFORDABILITY = What car you buy…

      ridiculous to think that cars represent your personality …. for some maybe, but for almost 95% its what they think is best value for what they need it for…

      • TMG

        If it affordability why is the Epica or the Kia (can’t think of the old model large sedans name) or the Sonata (now i45) not top of the sales charts,

        Camry’s are not cheap, offer no additional safety, spec, fuel consumption or warranty value over these vehicles, just the owner’s blind prejudice that their car is the best, and won’t break.

        Power to anyone who wants one, stand up and be a proud Camry driver, just don’t use the best value for what you want, or you should have bought something else.

        As for no manual, it’s a shame as most people tend to hand down cars or teach their offspring how to drive in their own vehicles, no manuals mean a lot more kids learning to drive Auto first (not a bad thing to teach you the basics of road rules and the like) but then will they go and learn the manual option? I hope so.

      • Leyianart

        Well who cares what I drive!?

        It’s a Boring car for Boring People…

        Free country remember and freedom of speech!

  • save it for the track

    Anyone notice what vehicles were most recently involved in the crashes that caused one woman to have her leg amputated (the poor pedestrian hit in the carpark), and the other woman killed in her room in the retirment village? And what drivers were involved?
    Elderly drivers in Camrys…
    .
    Unfortunately it’s not a cliche. Come to think of it, those robot cars don’t look so bad for some…

  • Shak

    Heck, i didnt even realise they offered a Manual in the Camry range.

  • Soakee

    Lazy, fat Americans? You’re right, and I live in the U.S. I do not consider myself lazy and I prefer manuals. Camrys are just applicances anyway, meant to get from point A to point B in a most boring manner. Having autos only simply re-enforces Toyota’s plan.

    • Phil

      It’s not really Toyota’s fault or plan and Australians are lazier than Americans when it comes to changing gears.

      Camry in the USA remains standard with a 6 speed manual on all models. Auto is a optional extra.

      VW has also pulled manuals off the Jetta/Passat/Eos range here, yet in the USA manual is the standard on all versions with automatic a optional extra.

      Even the BMW 5 series is standard with a 6 speed manual across the range including the 550i!

      All Toyota is doing is responding to Australian market demand and to be honest, they offered manuals longer than a lot of other brands.

      • ST

        Spot on. It’s a trend that is widespread in the Australian market and if you were a sausage maker, if people didn’t like buying manuals, then why go to the expense of developing systems to support it?

  • j

    Did not know that the Camry even had a manual transmission option.

    I guess that’s what happens when automatic is standard.

  • The Original Stevo

    When you get to that age and your hands go all shaky it’s better to have two hands on the wheel.

  • Octavian

    The family appliance car does not need a manual, neither does much of the Toyota range except the upcoming FT and MR.

  • ScottT

    Typical Australians too lazy to change gears them selves. Ban automatics, teach people to drive properly, watch the road toll plumit!!!!!

  • Dave S

    It is a sad day when a they drop the manual from the range – any range.

  • UMWHAT

    Well, if Ferrari and Lamborghini drop the manuals (458, avantador) i can forgive the camry for doing it

    • Phil

      Except that those cars use a high tech double clutch 7 speed which is faster than a conventional manual and has F1 shifters.

      Camry auto is just a 5 speed torque converter auto which is slower than the manual and uses the same ugly gearstick that they’ve been sticking in cars for years.

  • lolwut

    by the way, most sedans in Japan are AT these days… and they are FAR from being Lazy and Fat… its like spot the fatty over there… so so rare.

  • Herzert

    Japan and USA is also 99% Auto transmission..

    Europe is like 99% manual, why is that?

    America, Japan & Australia are Auto transmission markets..

  • Falcodore

    Probably not a bad thing really, Camry drivers (Toyota drivers in general) are dangerous enough as it is without having to think about changing gears.

    Mind you, from what i see on a regular basis, none of them seem to think at all!

    • Ken

      Ha Ha Ha Ha

  • F1MotoGP

    I you got and automatic you can still change gears. I do. 30 years ago I would not buy and automatic car today I would not buy an automatic. Automatic gearbox changing gear faster you can concentrate more on the road and if you know how to do left foot braking it is even better. Today’s high tech gearboxes are excellent!

    • Ken

      After I read your response several times, I sort of understood what you wanted to say.
      Teach Toyota drivers how to left foot brake and they’ll be even more confused slamming on the brakes for nothing or riding the brakes with their left foot on the pedal ready to stop.
      If your so worried about how fast Automatics change gears, buy a real sports car. Driving a manual doesn’t mean you concentrate less on the road. You tend to hear and feel the car and driving (Changing gears) becomes second nature. Driving a manual makes you a better driver and should be taught compulsory as well as reading English but that’s another topic.

  • Al Juraj

    The US Camry has long been upgraded to a 2.5, and gearboxes, manual and auto, are 6-speed already. As usual, we pay more money for outdated cars.

  • save it for the track

    Size of the respective markets makes a difference as well. In the US for example with a 220 million population, even a 1% uptake on manuals would probably be more than all the Camry’s they sell in Aus in a year.
    .
    Much as I find Camry’s and strollers (AKA Corollas) to be sleep inducing, Toyota are simply catering to their market.

  • raymond

    i own two V6 camrys both manual one a 1998 with 335.000 on clock and a 2003 with 300.000 ..did intend to buy a new camry this year but not now with no manual available…lazy people cant drive a manual you cant drive ..any idiot can drive a auto and accelerate into a tree or a building or off a car park ..not easy in a manual …drive in europe

  • Joe

    Death to manuals sadly, people should be taught to drive in manuals not a lazy automatic FFS. I’m in my twenties and I still have my camry that I learned to drive in, so not all camry owners are shaky handed pensioners.

  • James

    We own a V6 Automatic Camry, Its alright and we get alot lot of it, It hasnt have to have much service and my mums had it for a long time now, Anyway it needs some work now because the roof is starting to slope over for no reason!.

  • Sadiq Khan

    We are in Saudi Arabia Riyadh interested in buying Automatic Transmission for GM,FORD, and other American cars. Let us know if you can provide these Automatic Transmission we are interested.

    Thanks

    Sadiq Sabir

    My contact 00966 552985551

  • Jason Kovacevic

    Dear Toyota Australia,
    I have just now taken the liberty of crossing you off my list for future vehicle purchases. This is likely to be reflected in the way my corporation purchases as well.
    I have always driven a manual transmission vehicle since obtaining my licence at 18 years of age in 1998 and wouldn’t want it any other way. For Toyota Australia to completely drop production of the manuals alltogether shows me what lack of creativity you have or at least what lack of encouragement you show for people’s individuality of them wanting to drive manual Camrys. It would have been more of a sound decision to reduce product to a fixed amount rather than drop it alltogether.

  • Jason Kovacevic

    Dear Toyota Australia,
    I have just now taken the liberty of crossing you off my list for future vehicle purchases. This is likely to be reflected in the way my corporation purchases as well.
    I have always driven a manual transmission vehicle since obtaining my licence at 18 years of age in 1998 and wouldn’t want it any other way. For Toyota Australia to completely drop production of the manuals alltogether shows me what lack of creativity you have or at least what lack of encouragement you show for people’s individuality of them wanting to drive manual Camrys. It would have been more of a sound decision to reduce production to a fixed amount rather than drop it alltogether.

  • Alstonalston

    The Japanese carmaker said that around 27 of its models including the Camry, Corolla, Yaris, RAV4, and Matrix had been identified with component problems in major car markets such as the US, Europe, and Japan.