The upcoming Australian made Toyota Camry Hybrid will save approximately 1100 litres of fuel in a year of city driving compared to locally made six-cylinder rivals.

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Corporate manager of product planning, Mr Peter Evans, said Hybrid Camry's fuel consumption and emissions would rival small and compact cars. ??The fuel savings during 20,000km of city driving will be at least 1100 litres or $1329 a year, based on pump price of $1.20 a litre of regular unleaded petrol.

"Those savings will be multiplied by two, 10, and even hundreds for fleet owners - and many of their drivers will save even more by covering far greater distances," Mr Evans said.

"At the same time, Hybrid Camry - with combined power of around 140kW from its 2.4-litre petrol engine and powerful electric motor - will produce less than 150 grams per kilometre of CO2.

"That's the sort of result you'd expect from a car with less than half the power of Hybrid Camry and a much smaller engine displacement of around 1.3 litres."

Mr Evans said that most Australian's do most of their driving in built up areas making the city cycle more relevant.

Final testing will confirm the Hybrid Camry's fuel saving ability, expecting at least 5.5L/100km on city cycle.

"Using the same amount of fuel, a Hybrid Camry could travel at least 175km compared with just 100km for the most efficient six-cylinder car produced in Australia.

"Even on the open road, we expect the official figures to show Hybrid Camry will use around 25 per cent less fuel than the best of the local big sixes.

"Looking at the combination of city and highway driving, we are confident of recording fuel economy in the low 6.0 litres per 100km range.

"By driving Hybrid Camry, the savings on fuel and therefore on people's wallets will be huge - and there is also a significant environmental benefit," he said.

Mr Evans said Hybrid Camry will also have other fuel saving features as well as the petrol electric motor.

"Our engineers have tuned the suspension and steering for Australian conditions - and they have included technology that improves overall driving performance and safety," he said.

Toyota plans to release the Hybrid Camry in February 2010.

by Adam Marshall