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by George Skentzos

The 2009 Toyota Camry has received a raft of upgrades to boost its appeal with improved fuel-efficiency, styling and features.

As Australia’s best-selling mid-size car for the past 15 years, particular attention has been paid to the Camry’s fuel-efficiency on volume-selling automatic models.

The 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine coupled with the five-speed automatic transmission now boasts an 11 per cent improvement in fuel-efficiency – down to 8.8 litres per 100km on the official combined cycle.

Compared with 9.9 litres per 100km for the previous model, this has been achieved by introducing a number of small changes such as a new flex lock-up control which allows the clutch in the torque converter to maintain a half-engaged position, enhancing fuel efficiency and increasing the lock-up clutch’s operating range.

Mapping for the electronic throttle has also been revised along with altered shift points for the transmission to further improve economy whilst power remains unchanged with 117kW at 5700rpm and peak torque of 218Nm at 4000rpm.

Even the styling has contributed to the Camry’s fuel-efficiency, opting for new LED tail lamps which draw less power.

A new redesigned grille and front bumper, larger lower intake, larger projector headlamps and restyled tail lamps have also been introduced with chrome accents featuring on Altise, Ateva and Grande models.

All Camry models now have six airbags, Bluetooth hands-free telephone compatibility, sound systems with at least six speakers, an auxiliary audio-input jack and LED tail lamps.




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