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Yesterday saw the launch of one Australia’s most important cars, the Toyota Camry, the car which might indeed become the number 1 family car in Australia in next year or so. The Toyota Camry is available with a five-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRC) and curtain-shield airbags.

The four model tyoes are Toyota Camry Altise, Toyota Camry Ateva, Toyota Camry Sportivo and Toyota Camry Grande. Grande comes standard with VSC and TRC and rain-sensing windscreen wipers, features usually suited to more expensive European cars. The New Camry has an exterior length of 4815mm, only 10mm longer than the old model.

The Toyota Camry’s performance and driveability have slightly improved with no increase in fuel economy compared with the current model. The Camry has fuel economy of 8.9litres/100km for the manual model and 9.9 litres/100km for the automatic.

The Toyot Camry Altise and Sportivo models the 2.4-litre engine comes with a choice of a five-speed manual transmission or the new five-speed automatic transmission. On the Ateva and Grande models, five-speed automatic transmission comes as standard equipment, no word yet if these models can be fitted with the five-speed manual transmission.

The Toyota Camry range are all fitted with a 117kW 2.4-litre engine equipped with

  • VVT-i,
  • dual SRS airbags,
  • ABS with Brake Assist (BA)
  • Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)

Toyota has also fitted

  • air conditioning with pollen filter,
  • telescopic
  • tilt steering adjustment,
  • steering wheel-mounted audio controls,
  • map lamps,
  • impact-sensing fuel cut-off,
  • cruise control,
  • power windows and mirrors,
  • remote central locking,
  • security alarm,
  • power lumbar support adjustment for the driver’s seat,
  • MP3/WMA audio capability.
  • 16-inch diameter steel wheels,
  • four-speaker audio system with CD/tuner
  • lockable 60/40 split rear-seat back with remote release from the boot

These above features come standard in Camry Altise model

Altise options include 16-inch alloy wheels and rear lip spoiler, enhanced safety pack consisting of front-seat side and full-length side curtain-shield airbags (making a total of six airbags), and metallic paint.

Ateva Model standard features over Altise Model:

  • shift position indicator in the combination meter as standard equipment
  • front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain-shield airbags
  • dual-zone auto air conditioning with external temperature reading
  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • front foglamps
  • six-speaker audio system with six-CD in-dash multi-changer
  • eight-way power-adjustable driver and six-way power-adjustable front-
  • passenger seats (including lumbar support)
  • rear-seat centre armrest with two cup holders
  • multi-function trip computer
  • leather-bound steering wheel with audio and trip-computer controls
  • leather gear-shift lever, leather parking brake lever
  • chrome pack consisting of radiator grille surround and inside door handles
  • body-coloured mudflaps
Toyota Camry Sportivo 2006

Sportivo model standard features over Altise model:

  • sports suspension
  • sports headlamps
  • additional body bracing
  • sports radiator grille
  • front foglamps
  • 17-inch alloy wheels with Michelin Vivacy sports tyres
  • front seat side airbags and full-length side curtain shield airbags
  • rear access hatch to boot (in lieu of 60/40 split)
  • aero kit (front bumper/spoiler, side skirts, rear skirt, rear boot lip spoiler)
  • chrome exhaust diffuser
  • sports front seats with power adjustment including eight-way power-adjustable driver and six-way power-adjustable front-passenger seats (including lumbar support)
  • black sports seat trim
  • multi-function trip computer
  • leather-bound steering wheel with audio and trip computer controls
  • leather gear shift and parking brake levers
  • rear-seat centre armrest with two cup holders
  • rear-seat centre head restraint
  • analogue sports instrument cluster
  • six-speaker audio with six-CD in-dash multi-changer
  • external temperature reading
  • shift position indicator in instrument cluster (with auto transmission)
  • alloy sports pedals
  • Sportivo metallic front-door scuff plates
  • metallic paint

Grande standard features over Ateva include:

  • leather seat and door trim
  • Vehicle Stability Control
  • Traction Control
  • AVN navigation with Bluetooth®
  • steering wheel-mounted Bluetooth controls
  • rain-sensing windscreen wipers
  • moonroof
  • personal rear lamps
  • power rear sunshade
  • chrome exterior door handles and exhaust diffuser
  • woodgrain finish on door switch plates and upper console
  • metallic paint