• Aug 28th 2006 at 11:28AM
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Automotive News is reporting that the 2007 Toyota Camry could be the first car to break 450,000 sales in one year since the Chevy Impala did it back in 1978. That is, if Toyota's production capacity can meet the challenge. Currently there are reports of people following car carriers with Camrys right to the dealership and Toyota is dealing with a short 10-day supply of cars for those dealers. Not only is the Camry selling well (41,892 sales in July, more than the Nissan Altima and Pontiac G6 combined), but it's selling at an even higher price than its predecessor with no incentives or rebates luring in customers. They're coming of their own free will, apparently with wallets splayed and at the ready. The average transaction price of a Camry is now $22,558, up from $22,378 in April, and dealers are making money on them, sometimes getting within $500 of the vehicle's sticker.

Toyota's challenge in ramping up production, however, is to ensure that quality doesn't suffer. Automotive News reports that some Camry owners have already begun complaining about the same hesitation experienced under low-speed acceleration that dogged owners of the just-launched all-new Toyota Avalon last year. Several Technical Service Bulletins have already been issued by Toyota, which is not uncommon for any vehicle on the market, that address such problems as an issue with the snap ring on the car's 6-speed automatic, a shift flare issue for a small number of cars and some reports of harsh downshifting by owners of the four-cylinder automatic Camry. Toyota, for its part, has begun reassuring Camry owners on message boards and forums that any and all issues are being addressed.

[Source: Automotive News via Autoweek]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      The way Toyota hangs the exhaust pipe on the Camry could be done better. Everyone I see where the exhaust pipe bends in the vicinity of the rear axle,looks like its hanging down, as if its ready to fall off the car.
      Fit and finish isn`t that great underneath.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Oh and rising quality concerns are not news. Toyota's been slacking on quality while reaping in the profits, and anyone who doesn't already know this is probably in denial.
      • 9 Years Ago
      This car certainly looks better than an Impala or Malibu, but that isn't saying much at all.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I find the new exterior a major improvement, at least in SE trim. But then what wouldn't be? The old car was hideous.

      I wouldn't say materials are top-notch or that the Camry is essentially a Lexus. Earlier this summer I drove a Lexus ES 350 and Toyota Camry (Hybrid, but same interior) on the same day. HUGE difference in interior materials and styling. The center console and door pulls on the new Camry are especially low grade.

      I liked the handling of the Hybrid considerably less than that of the regular car.

      Full review: http://www.epinions.com/content_239031062148

      Finally, I don't think we have enough data to conclude which way Toyota's quality is heading. CR's ratings are too vague, and recalls don't necessarily predict broader reliability issues.
      • 9 Years Ago
      They used to stand in line for Accords (at least they were nice looking)

      This model is more than butt ugly, it's awful, look at one approaching, it looks like it's been sucking lemons. From the side is a whale and the rea has a nice matronly look to it.

      Sorry, most American drivers have fallen for "the quality/reliability" ploy.

      I always love statements like this in a story too:

      "Automotive News is reporting that the 2007 Toyota Camry could be the first car to break 450,000 sales in one year since the Chevy Impala did it back in 1978. That is, if Toyota's production capacity can meet the challenge"

      Key word, IF It's not news until it happens, at this point it's speculation.
      • 9 Years Ago
      #42 Dennis...... toyoteies have always had problems Dennis but they are experts at keeping things quiet.. and besides the left wing media wont report jap car deficiences anyway.. since most of them drive jap cars and are anti-American red diaper doper babies.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Camry production - 42K sold in July, 31K domestic and 11K foreign. And since there were only 5K hybrids sold, there are foreign Camry's without a hybrid (as an earlier commenter suggested).
      • 9 Years Ago
      The Camry is a great car, my family had several of them over the years. My family is very boring, and love all things boring. Therefore, the car was a perfect fit.

      It's boring and bland. If you're buying this car becasue you think it's "hot", you have terrible taste. There is nothing wrong with that, don't be ashamed to be boring.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I think it is funny how everyone wants to jump on the "Toyota Quality issue" bandwagon and ignore other manufacturer issues. Toyota still has fewer and less dangerous issues than most manufactures. Maybe were just used to most manufactures sucking it up at the quality arena. American or not American, Quality is a Universal.

      And all gas Camrys are made in the U.S. Its the hybrids that are being built in Japan, while Toyota awaits a plant in the U.S. to take over the job.

      Toyota Builds their plants according to where the vehicle is selling. Example: Sienna and Tundra.
      • 9 Years Ago
      "(Ok now I know someone will knock this comment, but for those who have a Toyota from Japan and one from the US, they will know exactly what I mean).

      I have one made in the US and my parents have one made in Japan. Not much of a difference. Both have the same engines.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Why player hate when you can congratulate and participate?
      • 9 Years Ago
      I Quack .... If the market is flooded with any used vehicle it will drive the prices down. Don't fool yourself or try to make the rest of us believe that will be any different for Toyota.
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