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Toyota Camry Hybrid Review
Toyota Camry Hybrid Review
Toyota Camry Hybrid Review

Having spent the best part of the last two days with Toyota’s new Camry Hybrid, a car Toyota claims is its most important model in 50 years, it should come as no surprise that this car is every bit as good to drive as its regular petrol-powered sibling, and in some ways, even better.

Toyota Australia senior executive director, Mr David Buttner, says the new Toyota Camry Hybrid will “totally redefine Toyota”, and after driving a route spanning everything from inner-city gridlock, to fast-flowing freeways and even winding back-country lanes, it’s pretty clear that Australia’s first locally built hybrid car is well on track to becoming a serious success story for the brand – with both fleet and retail buyers alike certain to flock to Camry’s new flagship model.

The new Toyota Camry Hybrid is also just as good for Australian jobs as it is for Australian motorists with the local build, at Toyota’s Altona, Victoria complex, making Australia one of only four locations around the world to produce Hybrid vehicles – a clear sign of the manufacturer’s on-going commitment to producing locally built cars.

The decision to commit to a local build also increases the potential of more Australian-built hybrid models in the future, though at this point any decision on model type is speculative (though a Toyota RAV4 model was hinted at), and increases Avalon’s export opportunities, of which there are already a considerable few. At this point Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive system is imported from Japan, though production may begin here if volume allows. The same goes for recycling of the battery pack at the end of its usable life.

Toyota Camry Hybrid Review
Toyota Camry Hybrid Review
Toyota Camry Hybrid Review
Toyota Camry Hybrid Review

From sign-off to production, the process of delivering the first Camry Hybrid has only taken six short months – an impressive feat for any manufacturer, and while based to a fair degree on its American Camry Hybrid Sportivo counterpart, Australian built Camry Hybrid models benefit from significant alterations to both the suspension and steering settings, a move necessary to appease Australian drivers’ need for better road feel and handling dynamics.

Following more than 10,000 kilometres of local testing, Toyota Australia’s engineers modified Camry Hybrid’s suspension calibration to uniquely suit local market demands – and harsh, varied Australian road conditions.

The long-travel, all-coil, fully independent suspension arrangement (MacPherson Strut – front / Dual-link Strut – rear) saw revised spring and damper rates all-round, changes to the rubber stiffness of the front upper suspension support and an altered front stabiliser.

The changes have made Camry Hybrid 8.5 per cent stiffer up front and 12.5 per cent stiffer in the rear, as compared to the petrol-powered model, but softer in its front stabiliser bar (by around 5 per cent) to reduce understeer, making the car more agile when cornering.

As with any hybrid model additional weight is an inescapable factor, though in Camry Hybrid’s case, the additional mass amounts to only 115 kilograms. Two electric motors (encased with the car’s CVT transmission) and a large, boot-mounted battery pack account for the added fat, but ironically this weight has actually improved Camry’s balance with the 59 kilogram battery pack (mounted in the boot between the rear wheels – see above) endowing Camry Hybrid with a near 50:50 front-to-rear weight distribution.

Toyota Camry Hybrid Review
Toyota Camry Hybrid Review
Toyota Camry Hybrid Review
Toyota Camry Hybrid Review

The boot offers 389-litres of cargo space, (or four standard sized golf bags in the traditional Japanese measure), a full-size spare wheel and 60:40 split fold rear seats – though a lot of the through space has been compromised by the battery pack.

On the road, the change in Camry’s balance is immediately evident from the petrol-powered model. An aftward shift of nearly 10 per cent in the car’s weight distribution makes Camry Hybrid more centered, less inclined to understeer, and not as front-heavy upon turn-in.

Interestingly the ride seems just as pliant as the regular Camry model being both controlled over lumps and bumps and well-settled on the choppy ‘C’ roads of Victoria’s panoramic Mornington Peninsula.The cabin is comfortably suspended and also suitably quiet. An acoustic deadening windscreen plus additional sound insulation between the engine bay and cabin helping in the cause.

At the traffic lights, when the stop-start function switches off the petrol engine, Camry Hybrid is silent, almost eerie, but very serene. It’s a relaxing experience, and quite enjoyable, once, that is, you get over the “stalled” sensation that occurs. Upon taking off from rest the car uses electric power until more motivation is needed, at which point the petrol motor seamlessly jumps to life for that added push.

The handsome, back-lit Optitron instrument panel is a stand-out feature in the otherwise standard Camry interior and, as well as looking the part, also offers a variety of fuel saving notifications including a litres per 100km dial (in lieu of a rev-counter),  a traditional trip computer with eco-driving graph and novel blue-rings around the dials that glow more intense the more economically you drive. During my return trip from Flinders yesterday afternoon these were quite vivid as I managed a 5.3L/100km average upon my arrival at Port Melbourne.

Toyota Camry Hybrid Review
Toyota Camry Hybrid Review
Toyota Camry Hybrid Review
Toyota Camry Hybrid Review

The upper-spec Camry Hybrid Luxury models also features a Prius-style read out on the centre satellite navigation/audio screen, further detailing multi-info economy graphs and energy flow display.

Camry Hybrid’s cabin is otherwise much the same as any other in the range, and for that reason makes the car no more challenging to drive than a regular model. The only significant difference to the controls being a ‘B’ (or Braking) mode on the gearshift selector that activates a stronger braking sensation when decelerating – similar to selecting a lower gear in a standard automatic transmission.

The electronic power steering (EPS) also offers an improved feel and draws less energy than traditional hydraulic units with a solid on-centre feel that becomes continuously progressive the further off-centre you turn. It’s a refreshing change for an electronic system to offer this level of feedback while still being light at car park speeds.

When it comes to the all-important question of what’s under the bonnet, Camry Hybrid utilises an Atkinson-cycle 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine – an evolution of its 2AZ-FXE engine – featuring double overhead camshaft and variable valve-timing, in conjunction with two electric motors (only one of which is used to propel the car).

The 16-valve petrol unit, which coincidentally runs on 91RON unleaded petrol, develops 110kW at 6,000rpm and 187Nm of torque at 4,400rpm while the electric motor adds 105kW (and 270Nm) for a combined system power rating of 140kW, or just one kilowatt less than the V6 engine that powered the previous generation six-cylinder Camry. The electric motor also acts as a generator while coasting to provide charge to both the 244.8-volt hybrid battery and 12-volt regular battery, also mounted in the boot.

Toyota Camry Hybrid Review
Toyota Camry Hybrid Review
Toyota Camry Hybrid Review
Toyota Camry Hybrid Review

These changes now mean Camry Hybrid takes the honour of being the most powerful and most efficient model in the current Camry range.

Power is delivered to the front wheels via a continuously variable transmission (CVT) to ensure smooth and strong acceleration with no compromise in performance or fuel economy. The electronically controlled transmission utilises planetary gears in place of belts or pulleys to ensure greater longevity and nearly imperceptible shifts in ratio.

The Camry Hybrid boasts a 0-100km/h time of just 8.9 seconds and a combined average fuel economy figure of just 6.0L/100km. Both electric motors and the CVT fit into the one compact casing.

Low CO2 emissions (Euro IV standard) of just 142g/km are further aided by other technologies throughout Camry Hybrid’s powertrain that include a single drivebelt on the engine (powering only the water pump), kinetic energy recovery and stop-start technology.

Other ancillaries such as the power steering pump and air-conditioning compressor are of electric operation to reduce strain on the engine while the alternator and starter motor are non-existent, replaced instead by a smaller electric motor cum generator that provides electrical charge, petrol engine starting and, peculiarly, the car’s reverse “gear”.

Toyota Camry Hybrid Review
Toyota Camry Hybrid Review
Toyota Camry Hybrid Review
Toyota Camry Hybrid Review

Camry Hybrid’s kinetic braking system and throttle are also electrically operated.

On the styling front, the Camry Hybrid is rather understated with most of the changes made more about function than form.

A revised front fascia with smaller grille and larger lower air intake allow additional cooling for the altered under-bonnet air flow requirements needed by the hybrid system. Flatter sides at the front corners of the bumper allow smoother air flow down the car’s profile, while underneath, diffusers beneath the engine compartment, rear floor assembly and fuel tank help Camry Hybrid carve a more slippery path through the air.

These refinements bring the Camry Hybrid’s drag co-efficient to a very low 0.27Cd.

In addition to the revised front mask, Camry Hybrid also adopts a blue tinge to the headlamps – a trademark of Toyota’s hybrid vehicles – as well as clear covers over the rear LED lamps, 16-inch alloy wheels, vertically stacked front fog lamp recesses, additional ‘hybrid’ badging on the front mud guards and boot, plus a satin-chrome finish on the front grille and rear garnish.

Toyota Camry Hybrid Review
Toyota Camry Hybrid Review
Toyota Camry Hybrid Review
Toyota Camry Hybrid Review

Safety equipment includes VDIM, ESC with Traction Control, ABS braking with EBA and EBD as well as front, side and curtain airbags. The current generation Toyota Camry scores a four-star ANCAP rating due to its lack of driver’s knee airbag and passenger seatbelt warning lamp.

As the most efficient, most advanced sedan on the Australian market, Toyota plans to sell around 10,000 examples of the new Camry Hybrid annually (split 80:20 between the Base and Luxury models respectively), with 1,000 pre-sale orders already filled. The big T says that by the year 2020 it aims to sell one million hybrid units annually worldwide with a hybrid example of every model in the Toyota range available that same decade.

But for now the new Toyota Camry Hybrid goes on sale from February 15th. CarAdvice will complete a full review and road test of the new Toyota Camry Hybrid next fortnight – stay tuned!

Pricing:

  • Toyota Camry Hybrid Base (based on Ateva spec.) – $36,990*
  • Toyota Camry Hybrid Luxury (based on Grande spec.) – $39,990*

*Pricing is a guide as recommended to us by the manufacturer and does not included dealer delivery, on-road and statutory charges.

Option Pricing:

Toyota Camry Hybrid Review
Toyota Camry Hybrid Review
Toyota Camry Hybrid Review
Toyota Camry Hybrid Review
  • Base model option package (includes Premium Audio System, Satellite Navigation and Bluetooth connectivity) – $3,000
  • Luxury model option package (includes Premium Audio System, Electric Tilt & Slide Sunroof, Bluetooth connectivity and Rear Seat Cabin Lamps) – $4,500



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    • Snatch

      I wonder how many they will sell after their recent problems. First the sticky pedal and 8 million recalls of various models. Now they have announed the Prius will be getting recalled for a braking problem (200,000 plus). People who only half listen to the news will hear “hybrid” and “recall” .

      This car couldn’t be released at a worse time for Toyota. Though most will end up in government departments and Taxi fleets.

      • MrQuick

        Hey atleast you know now that Toyota will never have any problems with their accelerators or brakes ever again.

        But what you say is quite correct, all the recent problems have come about at a very inconvenient time.

      • Barry

        If the number of recalls for motor vehicles sold in Australia is a guide to the reliability and safety, Toyotas are amongst most reliable, safe and most popular cars sold in Australia.

        In the last two years and two months Toyota have had 4 recalls in Australia, Holden 7, Volvo 11, Ford 13, Peugeot 16 and Mercedes-Benz 24. The facts are revealed in: http://www.recalls.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/952855/fromItemId/952839

    • Baddass

      The best looking Camry yet I think, and good performance too. But I still don’t understand combined power outputs from hybrid cars.

      • MrQuick

        You simply can’t add the 2 different values for power together, because maximum power for petrol and electric occur at different RPMs.

        In a petrol engine, as it says here, it makes peak power 110kw at 6,600RPM. This means that at lower engine speeds, the amount of power made will be lower.

        In an electric motor, the peak power will come much further down in the rev range, probably very close to the idle speed of the petrol engine.

        When both motors are combined, the electric engine supplements the lack of power, and more importantly torque, at low RPM in a petrol engine, as an electric motor makes more power at lower RPM.

        So at idle the petrol motor is making very little power, but the electric one is making quite a fair bit, but when the petrol motor makes maximum power, so at higher RPM, the electric one usually makes only a fraction of its peak power.

        In this case, I’d be willing to say that the electric motor only makes 30kw when the petrol engine is spinning at 6,600RPM and makes peak power, so the combined power output is going to be something like -

        @6,600RPM
        petrol + electric = 110kw + 30kw = 140kw.

        This is probably how Toyota gets to their figure of 140kw of combined power.

        I’ve probably oversimplified this explanation, just to kind of give you an idea, but the correct way of calculating it is a lot more complicated.

        • Dino

          Very interesting, thanks for that info.

    • Greenvale

      I’m not sure how the average cardigan wearing Camry driver will handle the location of that hand brake.

      • Andrew M

        probably the same way they have for years.

        Handbrake on LHS isnt new for Camry

    • demonaz

      I personally think it looks great and the 0-100 times are not bad as well. No doubt this car will have commendable in-gear acceleration and the instant torque response of the electric motor will make climbing hills and overtaking a breeze.

    • Doc

      It looks fantastic, although the luxury spec option pack is way overpriced, it should be $3000, not $4500.

    • Karl

      Even though I’m not a fan of hybrids, I hope this sells well.
      It’s certainly one of the most convincing hybrid packages around.

    • Mark G

      $7,000 more than the base model Camry????? Good luck convincing fleets to fork out that much extra. As for fuel economy, 6.0L is nothing special. The new and upcoming Hyundai Sonata, with it’s 2.4L direct injection four-cyl + 6 speed auto, is expected to manage somewhere around 7.5L, possibly less, and pricing will most likely be around $30,000 for the base model. It will be, by far, the most fuel efficient petrol mid-sizer in the Australian market, and will even beat many small cars with 2.0L engines. They say this model is so important, but in the US the hybrid Camry is mostly not a big deal. I was there last year and I don’t think I saw one.

      • Stu

        An additional $7,000 is nothing to state, federal, and local government departments desperate to spend your money. Yes some big corporates may baulk at the additional cost, but the marketing benefits of hybrids for many corporates (i.e. banks) outweigh the additional cost.

      • Bob

        There is a huge difference between 7.5L/100km and 6.0L/100km in a car this size.

      • ABMPSV

        Fuel economy figures you quoted are wrong. Camry Hybrid city 6.9, Hwy 5.4 and combined 6 and for Hyundai 11.2 city, 6 for Hwy and 7.9 combined.

    • Golfschwein

      It’s cardigan with shoulder pads!

    • Golfschwein

      This is the first interesting Camry. I like it.

      • Philthy

        A hybrid car that goes better, handles better, uses less petrol and keeps most of the functionality of the normal one for not much more… who’da thunk it? This is a step in the right direction Toyota.

        Maybe hybrid technology will end up replacing the starter motor, generator and battery in all cars and become the norm.

    • Golfschwein

      I’m a bit of a technical dunce and I don’t get the transmission thing. Is it a true CVT transmission with stepless ratios or not?

      • Baji

        I’m assuming the Camry Hybrid uses the same setup as the Prius. If this is the case, then the transmission that the camry uses is an E-CVT. Conventional CVT’s have a torque converter i believe and use pulleys and belts or chains which have an ‘infinite’ number of ratios depending on the position of the pulleys.

        In the E-CVT, there are no belts or pulleys, and no torque converter – it uses a planetary gearset, with only one fixed ratio (equivalent to driving the car in top gear all the time). The central component of the transmission what Toyota calls the “Power Split Device” (PSD). This type of gear is also known as “sun-and-planets” because it consists of a number of “planet” gears surrounding a central “sun” gear.

        The planet gears are on shafts fixed to a “planet carrier”, which revolves around the same axis as the sun. They are all the same size and all the same distance from the common center of rotation. The planet gears are surrounded by and mesh with an inside-out gear called the “ring”. This also revolves around the same axis as everything else. The engine is connected to the planet carrier. As it rotates, the planets mesh with and tend to push both the sun gear (in the middle) and the ring gear (around the outside) in the same direction as the planet carrier.

        As a result of the choice of size of the sun and ring gears, about 72% of the torque goes to the ring and 28% go to the sun. The ring gear, which receives the bigger part, is connected to the differential and hence to the wheels. This is how the engine pushes the car. The sun gear, which receives the smaller part of the torque, is connected to a motor/generator. The ICE driving the planet carrier drives the sun and MG spins. A computer adjusts the electrical power drawn from MG1 so that the generation drag balances the torque passed through from the ICE. So, the ICE pushes the car with 72% of its torque and a generator with 28% of its torque.

    • Non Cardigan Buyer

      Anyone notice the severly creased front leather seats on the side on shot?

      $36,990 + ORC for the base spec (Ateva Spec) is a bit steep I think. This wll push the price nearing $40,000 for a Camry without Satnav, bluetooth or leather. Definately not for me I think considering you can get a standard Ateva for under $36,000 drive away without any negotiations yet. $4000 in the bank earning interest buys you a lot of fuel considering the petrol only achieves mid 8 litres per hundred. So a 2.5 litre saving / 100 over 20,000 kms per year only saves you 500 litres or aound $700 / year. That means it will take you almost 6 years to break even not counting interest earned.

      • Frenchie

        Yeah, a bit rough I thought.

      • Darren

        Consider what you’ll get, an extra engine, a big battery and CVT transmission instead of 5-speeds gearbox. With different car, say Hyundai or Ford, if you opt for a diesel engine, normally you would have paid 2.5k – 3k extra. Moreover you also pay more at the pump in term of $ per litter. So $4000 extra for a hybrid is not bad at all.

        What’s the point of saving fuel if you count it in term of $ and break even? 2.5L/100km saving today is another 2.5L I can use tomorrow. If you go buying a fuel saving car, what is the point of calculating break-even since you can’t produce more fossil fuel? It may take you 6 years to recoup $4000, but it takes the earth millions of year to produce another 3000 litres of fuel for you to use.

        • Devil666

          At least fossil fuels do replenish, however long they take. Lithium, Nickel, Cadmium and other battery technologies do not.

        • Ken

          Darren, People calculate fuel savings in terms of breaking even as you are charged a premium for better economy. If I can buy a car that delivers similar economy for less money, why would I not buy that then. If you regularly change cars, paying a higher premium for a car that you intend on not keeping for the long term (100,000kms plus) is not worth it.

          I have driven the previous generation Prius and i’m not that impressed with the economy. I use it as a work car going to meetings, site inspections etc and I battle tgo keep it under 6 litres per 100kms. The delay waiting for the engine to start up when accelerating is annoying and dangerous as you put your foot doown and nothing happens for a second or two. Not real good when your trying to cross a busy intersection without traffic lights.

          There are lots of ways to save the planet, and the development costs and energy used in producing this Hybrid is not that good for the environment. Batteries do more harm than good for the environment as disposal is the key. Let’s see how Toyota handle that one when all these Hybrids require new energisers.

        • http://Renault app_master

          “you can’t produce more fossil fuel”…that theory is debatable? but a whole other argument – google abiotic oil, and open your mind to whole new world of thought — Oil runs our world! If it was to be “known” as a renewable resource – imagine how cheap it would (should) be !!! sorry for the hijack!

    • Shak

      I dont get the purpose of this car. Why would you buy one when the savings arent that great over the normal camry let alone its mid sized diesel competition. And the fact that the price is nudging Prius territory, wouldnt it just steal sales of Toyota’s Halo car. Generally whatever doesnt go down well in the US wont work well here.

      • Golfschwein

        People buy diesels and hybrids at whatever the cost. The price is the price. Back in 2006, I wanted a Golf TDi. I bought one and didn’t get crossed over working out how many years I’d have to own the thing before the fuel savings paid for themselves.

        Buyers of this car will do the same.

      • o

        So you look like your saving the planet. Chances are the add will have the car driving through wasteland and its exhaust fumes changing it into paradise.

    • Tom

      I Live In Canada and there is no recall on any Camry Hybrid re accelerator, except for those who buy non Toyota Winter mats. Non conforming winter mats will often move under the accelerator and cause the pedal to push down on itself. The Toyota Winter mats are designed with clips on the floor and holes in the mats. However, even if these mats were not clipped the mat is designed in such as way that the top of the mat will not go behind the accelerator pedal. BTW I see the Aussie model has the emergency brake beside the gear shift. The North American model has a foot pedal for the emergency brake. In the winter months where the over night temperature can be as low as -20, the Camry only gets 9.5 km per 100km. The engine and battery warms up after 12 km. At that point petrol consumption is normal.

    • Hayzel

      I have to say that this camry looks pretty good. It looks nice and clean

    • MD-88

      FYI, Bluetooth is standard on all Camry models (including Hybrid).

      The optional Bluetooth referred to on the entry level is part of the higher spec audio system that incorporates full phone functionality (number dialing, contacts etc) via the touch screen.

    • JEKYL & HYDE

      i just read on another site that this hybrid camry can only make 4 star crash rating(needs seatbelt reminder(can be done)and drivers knee airbag(can’t be done).this is sure to hurt gov’t sales,big time….

    • Chucky

      I am just going to wait for a “plug-in”. I think I can help the environment better that way, bearing in mind that it already caused the environment to get these hybrid up. Might as well use it on a plug-in

      • matt

        haha, a plug in hybrid, so you can know your using 2 fossil fuels, coal and oil, at once :)

    • Save it for the track

      At least diesel fuel can be produced from other sources (such as chip fat etc. and garbage), without having to rely on fossil fuel. I am of course referring to the future and long term, because I know that some manufacturers recommend not to use bio diesel.
      Lost me on this review in the first few lines, ” it should come as no surprise that this car is every bit as good to drive as its regular petrol-powered sibling, and in some ways, even better”.
      I’ve driven mid size vehicles from the 90′s with more dynamic flare than a Camry. Camry’s, Corolla’s, Prius and Yaris’s are appliances, white goods on wheels for the lowest common denominator who simply need something to go A to B, and have no knowledge of handling or driving dynamics, and buy them simply because ‘it’s a Toyota’. I’m sure Governemnt departments will fork out for them in the effort to reach the CO2 targets placed on some (although higher ups that don’t need high power or luxury vehicles will continue to use them), hell why don’t the pollies in Canberra and all over have these as their Government cars?? Surely large enough to carry them to Parliament. No doubt though some may not like the small car like boot space. (a Focus sedan as example has 510L) No current model Toyota’s in my house thanks. Now a turbo Supra from years gone by? Maybe….

    • siteauditor

      Hmmm. I am a Sep 2005 Prius owner and enviromental engineer for last 30 years, and just completed the 150,000km service yesterday – servicing is at same cost as Corolla). The car has been consistently running at better than 5.0 L/100km and it gets a beating as i am always late for site inspections and related meetings. If i try hard I can get better than 3.5L/100km on my 60km round trip to work each day. The low CO2 emissions, relative to deisels and any other non-hybrids, makes me feel good. My current lease expires in Sep 2010 and i am comtemplating moving up to a hybrid Camry with all the bells and whistles – i had looked at the new model Pruis but think the Camry might be a bit more versatile. Recall issues haven’t phased me – and why should they – just proves Toyoate is doing the right thing… I’m thinking of doing a technical user’s write up of the 2005 Pruis – does anyone think this to be a good idea?

      • D’ oooh

        What is your old Prius worth, what can you seld it for. In short, what is the “life expectancy” of a hybrid?

    • ABMPSV

      Today I believe diesel cars still better than hybrids. A hybrid car’s performance on snow and ice isn’t stellar.
      5 Reasons Not to Buy a Hybrid
      1: Fewer Creature Comforts
      2: Fuel Economy Depends on Driving Style
      3: Clean Diesel Gets Great Mileage
      4: Recouping the Extra Cost
      5: Higher Initial Cost

    • regina

      VW TDI is of course better, but again an Australian Ford Falcon, anything from around AU series III to a BA-BF and all the way to the FG, anything from a VZ Commodore to the current VE &Toyota Aurion are the true western type of a LARGE car. So think about it, is it better to have a ~190kW Falcon BA that has over 380Nm of torque on tap at all times or a 110kW hybrid? that does not even properly combine those 33kW of electric power with its 110kW to effectively make 143kW, it only couples the TORQUE but not power. Even if we were to compare the Torqueless Aurion V6, yet the only thing that would save it is a 6 speed auto “close ratio gearbox” and its peaky 200kW at high 6400rpm, versus Falcons 182-190 at just 5000rpm and massive 383+ Nm of torque at just 2500-3250rpm versus Aurion’s poor 336Nm at too high for every day cruising and driving 4700rpm.I see this hybrid as poor as Aurion V6 performance wise, economy wise and driveability wise, stick with a Falcon 4.0L or a Commodore 3.6L, particularly with a new SIDI 3.6 a very sweet 210kW V6,but don’t ignore the big 4.0L Ford Falcon for its superior driveability, reliability, economy and TORQUE the engine makes that no V6 can deliver!

      Back to the topic, i see that there is no speed tested result on this review.

      The top speed that can be obtained with that evidently de-tuned 2.4L engine that makes 110kW, yet only 187Nm of torque is approx 180km/h flat out. If the vehicle was modded, the aid from the 33kW electric motor where its torque is actually unknown yet quoted at 350Nm by some from 0 – 5600rpm, the hybrid should just touch 200km/h flat out, at least in theory. If the electric motor was rigged to make 66kW by simply increasing the voltage and the current delivery it could make close to 600Nm and propel the car to 240km/h easily. But only with aid of 2.4L engine.

      Yet again, a stock standard BA 182kW/380Nm 4 speed auto when unleashed “limited to 201km/h” can top its maximum velocity average of 253km/h now days as cheap as $5000 as tested by a few lunatics on our roads in the past 8 years, while one clocked 260km/h flat out in a 6 speed manual N/A 4.0 BF XR6 Falcon. STOCK! yes that is almost 30km/h faster than a V6 Aurion “overrated 200kW of useless power that is made at way too high unusable 6400rpm instead of 5000-5250rpm like on a Falcon 4.0L!”

      But of course there are no roads, and the max legal speed limit is 110 or usually 100, so speeding is not a good idea.

    • regina

      a stock standard BA XT/BF XT will do anywhere between 6.85/6.9 and 7s flat 0-100km/h in 4 speed auto guise.
      that stands for standard 4.0L DOHC engines.

      Very few cars that have missed their oil changes at every 5000 or 10000km have done times of 7.2/7/3 to 7.5s 0-100km/h according to my experience.

      a standard BA on new fresh 10-30 fully synthetic oil and a new oil filter with an engine partially warmed up for less than 5min will do a respectable 7s flat or just under 7s 0-100km/h.

      While the 6 speed ZF version will only have a 100th of 1s quicker launch, with more alert and partially smoother feel, yet the times are withing 1% and 2% different between 4 speed on 3.23:1 and 6 speed on 2.73:1 diff.

      So how on earth is this hybrid gona match power , reliability and availability performance + size + reliability and cheap cost of an every day Falcon versus economy?

      at the end of the day I’d rather drive a 5.7L VZ series 1 berlina or a 6L VE Calais, or a BF 5.4L Fairmont Ghia or G6E Turbo rather than a hybrid that can only kill you when you attempt an overtaking maneuver ;) at least in my opinion.

      • CrustyTheClown

        errrrrrrrrr the hybrid Camry is about MPG and low co2. figure

        Who gives a flying f/uck about 0 – 100kmh?

    • CrustyTheClown

      NOT that i am a big fan, but has anybody done the math if the Camry was avail. with a modern say 2L Tdi DIEsel engine, same sort of MPG me think!

      Or better yet, a std. Camry with a injected LPG system, would smash the hybrid and DIEsel to smithereens….

    • Byron

      The best looking Toyota Camry available but it still looks average. Typical Toyota.

    • Skywalker

      Is it possbile to make a “clean diesel+ hybrid electric” car? Any limits other than costs?

    • Gavin Hughes

      Okay, here is the good oil (saved!) thanks for Bridgestone’s website which said:

      Contrary to popular belief, tyre pressure is not determined by the type of tyre or its size but upon your vehicle’s load and driving application i.e. speed

      Take the “cold” reading and check them against the recommended tyre pressures from your placard.

      Heavy loads or towing puts an extra strain on your tyres. So if your vehicle is fully loaded with passengers and luggage, the general rule is to add 28kpa (4PSI or 4lbs).

      At high speed, (defined as driving at 120km/h for over one hour), your tyres will wear out twice as fast as when you drive at 70-80 km/h. If your tyres are under-inflated by twenty per cent tyre life can be reduced by thirty per cent.
      The rule here is to add 28Kpa (4PSI) from your Minimum Compliance Plate Pressure. Don’t inflate your tyres above 40 psi or 280 kPa. When the tyres get hot from driving, the pressure will increase even more.

      Believe it or not, checking your tyre pressure can have a big impact on our environment. An under-inflated tyre creates more rolling resistance and therefore more fuel consumption. By keeping your tyres inflated to their proper levels, you can help maximise your car’s fuel economy and minimise its impact on our environment.

    • Thomas Knight

      I am a renter of a 2010 Camry Hybrid from Hertz in Brisbane.. Driving it at normal pace.. (Being the driver of an XR6 FG Falcon) I am easily acheiving a fuel economy of 6.8 to 7 L per 100 Km. By far this an economical vehicle, comfortable and beautifyl. Previously rented a Camry altise, good car, but by no means great, driving it the same as the Hybrid, though was up in the 9.7… So, the Hybrid is mych more responcive and impressive.

      I am seriously concidering the purchace of a Camry Hybrid Luxury.. Top Spec, concidering this from a 6 Cylender fan..

      TOYOTA – A Plus.. Great, Beautiful Vehicle..

    • Phee

      I hope they bring in just a base model hybrid camry… say the equivalent of an atlise- with no thrills and under 33K. this would be the best way to target the usual family car audience.

    • andrew

      The hybrid camry does cost more than the normal camry, however with present discounting you can get a luxury model for about $4000 under the normal rrp.(you also get $130 services for the first 3 years) Also with toyota doing 1.5% finance (2.9% for business users) for camry hybrid buyers until the end of the financial year this makes the effective cost of the hybrid a lot cheaper than a normal camry.

      I was going to get a camry, but ended up getting a hybrid camry as it was a lot cheaper overall, plus it will be cheaper to run.

      • ABMPSV

        I agree. A lot of people forget about finance. If you need to borrow for your car as many people do paying 2.9% or 11% is a HUGE saving it is $7125.5 over 4 years. Add petrol at least $4000 over 4 year and you got $11,000 saved with Camry Hybrid.

    • freakson

      it has everything but no mirror indicators! what a flaw! still a 3.0L variant is faster,quicker, more potent and better at overtaking, not to mention if driven sanely more fuel economical and it goes hard, even better a second hand fifteen grand aurion v6 is even better alternative!

    • Robert Hart

      I’ve had the Camry Hybrid for a month now at work and have driven over 200km I’ve had a camry before and this is much better. Compared with the V6 Commador I was driving previously I would say in terms of performance there is little difference around town. More cofortable ride and handling is better.

      Fuel consumption is more than half of the commador, so I’ve bought one for home too.

      • Robert Hart

        I ment 2000km

    • danzo440

      In a nut shell.
      When i hear the word Hybrid my imagination runs wild, on what wonderful things this cutting edge piece of Eco technology can offer. But alas reality is often a little disappointing. This is just petrol powered car with an electric motor that offers a tiny push now and again. The claim to fame with these cars is it turns itself off at the traffic lights to save fuel, and when you put your foot down the electric motor nudges you forward until the petrol engine starts up again. This maybe a concern if you are trying to cross a busy road, to this cars credit the air con does not miss a beat. i hired one of these for a month and after awhile you get a bit tired of the car always turning off on you. I dont know really if putting up with that and the intrusive regenerative braking and waiting for up to ten seconds for one of these things to start is worth 6.0 L/100 reward. they do look nice, a little under powered and resale value may be a concern in later years.

    • James

      There really nice by Grandpa has a Camry Altise and A Yaris and his thinking of getting this one.

    • John Higgins

      What’s this 6l/100k thing? Never got to that yet. All mine have been UNDER. Worst was 5.9, but drove from Ballarat to Avoca at 100kph at just 5l/100k. The way the car coasts down hill, plus driving on battery at 50-55kph in 60kph zones drops consumption greatly.

      • F1MotoGP

        Very good car good fuel econmy! Now all European car companies copying. Mercedes want’s all C class by 2013 to be hybrid.

    • eric addo

      i will like to  buy your car
      what are the procedures
      hope to here from you latter…

    Toyota Camry Specs

    ALTISE : 2.4L MULTI POINT F/INJ - 5 SP AUTOMATIC - UNLEADED PETROL - 4D SEDAN
    Car Details
    Make
    TOYOTA
    Model
    CAMRY
    Variant
    ALTISE
    Series
    ACV40R 09 UPGRADE
    Year
    2010
    Body Type
    4D SEDAN
    Seats
    5
    Engine Specifications
    Engine Type
    MULTI POINT F/INJ
    Engine Size
    2.4L
    Cylinders
    INLINE 4
    Max. Torque
    218Nm @  4000rpm
    Max. Power
    117kW @  5700rpm
    Pwr:Wgt Ratio
    79.1W/kg
    Bore & Stroke
    88.5x96mm
    Compression Ratio
    9.6
    Valve Gear
    VARIABLE DOUBLE OVERHEAD CAM
    Drivetrain Specifications
    Transmission
    5 SP AUTOMATIC
    Drive Type
    FRONT WHEEL DRIVE
    Final Drive Ratio
    3.39
    Fuel Specifications
    Fuel Type
    UNLEADED PETROL
    Fuel Tank Capacity
    70
    Fuel Consumption (Combined)
    8.8L / 100km
    Weight & Measurement
    Kerb Weight
    1480
    Gross Vehicle Weight
    Not Provided
    Height
    1480mm
    Length
    4815mm
    Width
    1820mm
    Ground Clearance
    129mm
    Towing Capacity
    Brake:1200  Unbrake:500
    Steering & Suspension
    Steering Type
    RACK & PINION - POWER ASSISTED
    Turning Circle
    11.8
    Front Rim Size
    6.5x16
    Rear Rim Size
    6.5x16
    Front Tyres
    205/60 R16
    Rear Tyres
    205/60 R16
    Wheel Base
    2775
    Front Track
    1575
    Rear Track
    1565
    Front Brakes
    DISC - VENTILATED
    Rear Brakes
    DISC
    Standard Features
    Comfort
    Air Conditioning
    Control & Handling
    Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Traction Control System, Vehicle Stability Control
    Driver
    Cruise Control, Power Steering
    Entertainment
    Radio CD with 6 Speakers
    Exterior
    Power Mirrors
    Interior
    Power Windows
    Safety
    Dual Airbag Package, Anti-lock Braking, Head Airbags, Side Airbags
    Security
    Alarm System/Remote Anti Theft, Central Locking Remote Control
    Optional Features
    Control & Handling
    16 Inch Alloy Wheels
    Driver
    Reversing Camera
    Exterior
    Metallic Paint
    Other
    Service Interval
    9 months /  15,000 kms
    Warranty
    36 months /  100,000 kms
    VIN Plate Location
    10-N-18
    Country of Origin
    AUSTRALIA