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.
Reborn for 2012, the Camry Hybrid utilizes a heavily revised version of Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive that is coupled to a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and returns fuel economy ratings of 43/39/41 (city/highway/combined), a sure-to-be-noticed improvement over the 2011 gas-electric Camry's rating of 31 miles per gallon city and 35 mpg highway. Aside from that, the 2012 Camry Hybrid puts out 200 horsepower (versus 187 hp for last year's gas-electric Camry) and gets a price cut of $1,000, give or
Toyota has finally pulled the wraps off its all-new 2012 Camry, and the marketing machine is now in full swing. The automaker is hitting the virtual airwaves with a trio of commercials highlighting its newest midsize sedan, as well as Toyota's love for NASCAR. Kyle Busch helps out with some smoky burnouts, high-speed driving and general information about the Camry Hybrid, and yes, that does seem a bit incongruous.
The Toyota hybrid effort has long been dominated by the amazingly efficient Prius. As a dedicated hybrid, the platform has basked in the warm glow of headlines and celebrity love since the second-generation debuted in 2003. The plucky Atkinson hatch has easily overshadowed other Toyota hybrid efforts, including the Camry Hybrid.