• Jun 11, 2009
If you are in the market for a two-door Toyota convertible, you may want to rush to your local dealer and pick up one of the few Camry Solara models left on the lot. After reviewing demand for the Solara (the marque's lone convertible offering), Toyota has reportedly decided that reviving the somewhat homely two-door isn't worth doing. Last August, Toyota made a last-ditch effort to save the Solara convertible from extinction, but it was apparently a short-lived stay of execution. The droptop was put back on hiatus in December when the automotive downturn hit full force.

Since the convertible version of the Solara represented 70% of the model's sales last year, there was hope that demand would pick up closer to summer. Convertibles have been on the on the chopping block everywhere, though, as the Pontiac G6, Saturn Sky, Pontiac Solstice, Honda S2000, and Chrysler PT Cruiser have all been fitted for a toe tag over the past few months – Solara is merely another casualty.

Toyota will fill the void left by the subtraction of the Solara convertible at its Georgetown, Kentucky plant with the new Venza crossover. With only 23,000 units sold in 2008 and an assumed drop for 2009, we're guessing the popular new CUV will have little problem making up the shortfall. In the meantime, if you want a convertible from the Toyota family, you'll have to visit your local Lexus dealer for a new IS or SC.

[Source: Wards Auto]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      i still dont understand why they never released a new model of the solara at the same time as the new camry. either way, my brother was given a 2003 solara by our grandparents, and i never pass up a chance to make fun of the fact that he drives such a chick car. :D
      • 5 Years Ago
      good, I hated this car. I cannot think of a worse modern car than the Camry to base a coupe and convertible off of.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If not, then very good, this car is ugly.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Isn't it based on the previous-generation Camry, anyway? Menopausal women everywhere are in mourning today.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good riddance
      What an ugly car.

      Every time I see one I feel like yelling "dude, you're driving a camry - it's not cool!"
        • 5 Years Ago
        +1

        uglies car of all time nominee
        • 5 Years Ago
        The long sailboat rear end really makes me question what the designers were thinking when requesting design approval from management. Then again, I question management's decision of letting this 2-door whale into production.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Solara was pretty a boring girls car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good riddance to bad rubbish...

      • 5 Years Ago
      So this cancellation along with the others in the main article will leave the whole segment to the Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder and the Chrysler Sebring 'vert.
      • 5 Years Ago
      JDM Life must be mourning already.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So rarely do you see a Solara with the top down in these parts you wonder why the owners even bought a convertible.
      • 5 Years Ago
      How does the Venza replace the Solara? 2 Different vehicles completely (even tho I like the Venza)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Both the Solara and the Venza are Camry based, so I'd assume can be made on the same line. The Venza will take up the production capacity from the Solara - not its place in the Toyota lineup.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think its an empty-nester thing. Boomers are getting older (duh) and losing interest in the ragtop and gaining interest in multi-use vehicles that are still somewhat "cool" yet not full on geriatric like a minivan, or too-tall to get into like an SUV.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Secretaries - Hurry!
        • 5 Years Ago
        it's ok, they've been buying the 128.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh well, the secretaries can easily move over to the Accord sedan without much fuss.

        Tomato, tomatoe...
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