Emitting over 35% less than its six-cylinder competitors, the Toyota Camry Hybrid is Australia’s first locally built hybrid vehicle.
Toyota will begin producing the Camry Hybrid from 2010 with a production run of some 10,000 vehicles per year, including an initial export program of 300 units to New Zealand.
Producing a combined 140kW of power from its 2.4-litre petrol engine and electric motor, the Camry Hybrid emits under 150g/km of Co2 emissions and is expected to use around 6.0L/100km on a combined cycle.
While the consumption and carbon emission figures are an impressive reduction from the original fuel consumption and carbon emissions figure, the Mazda6 Diesel, Skoda Octavia TDI and Volkswagen Passat TDI already emit around the same carbon emissions, if not less, in addition to matching and in the case of the Mazda6 and Octavia bettering the combined fuel consumption figures.
Victorian Premier, The Honourable John Brumby declared the Camry Hybrid as the start of an “exciting new era for the automotive industry in Victoria,” while adding that the Australian Government has committed to purchasing 2000 Camry Hybrids for its fleet, accounting for 1/5th of the first year of sales.
Toyota used part of the government’s $1.3-billion green car innovation fund to bring the Camry Hybrid to fruition. Toyota Executive Vice President, Yukitoshi Funo said that Australia is the “5th country in the world to produce Camry Hybrid, following Japan, USA, China and Thailand,” opening up the floor to further export opportunities for Toyota Australia.
Barely hesitating the opportunity to plug his ‘climate change plan’, Australian Prime Minister, The Honourable Kevin Rudd told the congregation that the Camry Hybrid furthered his 2006 election pledge, where he said “I don’t want to be a prime minister of a country where we don’t make things anymore”.
The reveal ended with the Prime Minister having a quick drive of the Camry Hybrid, asking everyone to “clear a path for the PM, it’s for your own safety.”
The Toyota Camry Hybrid goes on sale in February, 2010. Pricing and availability will be announced closer to the launch date.