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A slew of recent reports, most with a headline that reads something like this: "Toyota to stop importing Camry models from Japan," may have led some Toyota aficionados to believe that most Toyota Camry Hybrids will be manufactured right here in the U.S. starting in 2012. It seems those aficionados would be mostly correct.

While it's true that Toyota says it will no longer import Japanese-built Camry sedans into the U.S., there seems to be some indication that if demand for the typically slow-selling Camry Hybrid soars, then Toyota may have to export additional gas-electric sedans from Japan. Camrys of the gas-electric variety will continue to be manufactured in mass quantities over in Japan, with most set aside for Japan's hybrid-crazy consumers, but some could eventually be U.S.-bound.

Since there's no telling how well the totally redesigned Camry Hybrid – recent recipient of NADA Guides vehicle of the month award for September – will sell here in the States, it may be too early and perhaps even inaccurate to assume Toyota can crank out enough gas-electric Camrys in the U.S. to satisfy our demand.


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      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 8 Months Ago
      As unpatriotic as this sounds.. that's a good thing. Japanese cars built in Japan are always assembled better. This is a selling point for me.
        tomatoflight
        • 8 Months Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        Yep. Can agree with that. My car was 100% built in Japan, still running like brand new 4 years later.
      Marco Polo
      • 8 Months Ago
      US short of Toyota Camry hybrids? Japan can't supply? That's an export opportunity for Toyota Australia ! Australia even produces a LPG/Hybrid Camry! Pity, the $Aus is so high...
      Jelly
      • 8 Months Ago
      Would never buy anything Japanese personally, they slam the door in the face of the big 3 in Japan. Japanese idea of FREE trade is feel free to flood the USA out with their cars, FREE to stop US carmakers doing the same in Japan. Ford are the biggest exporter into Japan they never manage to get the Japanese to buy more the 300 cars in a month Why?
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Jelly
        Did you know that well over 75% of Japanese cars are made here? Only some luxury and specialty models are made in Japan.. Meanwhile Ford produces a lot of their cars in Mexico. A lot of GM parts come direct from China, and their smaller cars like the Aveo, Cruze, and the spark i think actually come from Korea. Ford only sells Japan the Mustang, Explorer, and 2 other SUVs to Japan. http://www.ford.co.jp/servlet/Satellite?pagename=DFY/JP I don't think many roads in Japan will even fit those cars. So next time you buy, find out where the car is made first.
          Jelly
          • 8 Months Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          Nobody is more pissed off me, that the Fiesta & Fusion is built in Mexico, nobody more than me would like to see it built in Detroit. Chevy Cruze it total crap it gets rubbish reviews in the UK sells about 100 a month in the UK, the Fiesta on the other hand is an outstanding car. If we had a roll reversal Stateside the Fiesta was built in the USA, and the Cruze was built in Mexico. Sales of the Cruze would be a 3,000 the Fiesta would be 23,000. Ford try to save a few buck on labour in Mexico and end up losing 18,000 sales a month in the process not to mention they shaft USA with a loss of jobs at the same time that would have had spent & paid taxes in the USA as well as loss of revenue from the extra sales.
        Pete K
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Jelly
        GM tried to sell the Cavalier in Japan as a Toyota...the Japanese didn't want it... "Toyota had aimed to sell 20,000 of the vehicles annually, or about 1,700 per month. The cars were released on January 20, 1996 and by February 19 Toyota had received orders for about 950 sedans and 850 coupes. Unfortunately, strong initial interest died off and by July 1996 sales had totalled only 6,700" http://members.shaw.ca/toyota_cavalier/vehicles.
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 8 Months Ago
      I'm a fan of the Nissans from the pre-Ghosn era (< 1999 ). They were all made in Japan with 100% japanese parts. I've got a 1996 200SX SE-R ( basically a hopped up sentra ) with 230k mi. on it and it runs like a new car with literally no flaws and perfect compression on the engine. My other car is a 1994 Nissan Maxima GXE with the original auto transmission and 160k of mostly city miles. This car also runs perfectly other than a slight 1st gear kick when first started. Japan generally cares about what they put out there. So i'm a fanboy.
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