Toyota announces 2012 Camry Hybrid

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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This past summer, Toyota announced the introduction of its new Camry family sedan, perhaps the most popular model in the entire Toyota lineup. Now, the Japanese automaker is following up with the debut of the hybrid version.

The 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid is powered by a 2.5-litre 4-cylinder Atkinson cycle engine with a high-torque electric motor and continuously variable transmission. The setup yields a net power output of 200 horsepower, which is a 13 horsepower improvement over the previous generation Camry Hybrid. Despite the increased power, Toyota says the new 2012 Camry Hybrid actually features a 30 percent improvement in fuel economy, achieving city/hwy ratings of 4.5 / 4.9 L/100km.

To further aid fuel efficiency, 2012 Camry Hybrids can be set in Eco mode for economy-focused driving and also EV mode, which allows the vehicle to travel solely on electric power for a distance of up to 2.5 km. The 2012 Camry Hybrid also benefits from improved driving dynamics thanks to a revised suspension design, a highly responsive electric power steering system and Toyota's Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management System, which makes use of such features as traction control and electronic stability control.

In base LE trim the 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid starts at $26,900, undercutting the smaller Honda Civic Hybrid, which starts at $27,350 and offers only slightly better city/hwy fuel economy at 4.4 / 4.2 L/100km.

A Camry Hybrid XLE version is available starting at $28,990, and includes such features as a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, fog lamps, aluminum alloy wheels, a power adjustable driver's seat and more.

XLE models also come with two different option packages: The Moonroof Package includes such notable features as a power moonroof, a navigation system with rear-view camera, an anti-theft system and integrated XM Satellite Radio. The Leather and Premium Audio Package adds a 10-speaker JBL Premium Audio system, a 7-inch AVN display screen and ultrasuede-and-leather seating with heated front seats.

"We are very excited to be able to offer the new 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid, with a choice of two models. While the LE is new to the lineup, the XLE starts at a suggested starting price lower than its equivalent 2011 model," said Warren Orton, Director, Toyota Canada Inc. "Conceived and built in North America, with North Americans in mind, the Camry Hybrid continues Camry's 30-year tradition as the car that drivers have come to trust and respect."

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Topics: Sedan, Hybrid, Toyota, 2012, Camry Hybrid, $20,000 - $29,999,

Organizations: Toyota

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