17 February 2010 /
ADVANCED PERFORMANCE FROM
TOYOTA'S MOST ADVANCED CAMRY
Toyota's new Hybrid Camry is powerful and very fuel efficient with a quiet and refined driving style.
Toyota New Zealand General Manager of Sales and Operations, Steve Prangnell said, "Hybrid Camry offers the powerful, seamless acceleration only available from a hybrid vehicle, combined with Australian tuned steering and suspension and a very quiet cabin."
Hybrid Camry's combination of petrol and electric power delivers a maximum of 140kW, making it the most powerful Camry in New Zealand.
Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive system is the industry leading standard for hybrid technology, combining the strengths of petrol and electric power, while minimising any shortcomings in the respective power sources.
The 2.4 litre four-cylinder in-line 2AZ-FXE petrol engine features Toyota's advanced variable valve timing technology (VVT-i) and is based on the 2AZ-FE engine used in the petrol Camry. Working alone, this engine delivers 110kW of power and 187Nm of torque.
Hybrid Camry's 650 volt electric motor provides its maximum torque from the moment the motor begins to rotate, providing a high level of torque for quick and seamless acceleration from rest.
The petrol engine is most efficient at light throttle settings, so acts as the main power source when the vehicle is cruising.
The Hybrid Synergy Drive system effectively manages the petrol and electric motors, providing the best level of power and efficiency to suit the conditions and the driver's demands.
Hybrid Camry has a combined fuel consumption of only 6.0 litres per 100 kilometres, while emitting 142 grams of CO2 per kilometre when tested to the Australian Design Rule standards.
Importantly, Hybrid Camry requires no special training to drive. The computer controlled continuously variable transmission allows it to operate without any perceivable gear ratio changes.
Hybrid Camry has a gated gear shift lever which is designed to look and operate like a conventional automatic transmission gear shift. Shift positions are "P"," R", "N" and "D" as per a standard automatic transmission, plus "B" which provides additional braking when required - such as when driving downhill - using Hybrid Camry's unique regenerative braking system.
Hybrid Camry is the only Camry model with electric power-assisted rack and pinion steering (EPS) that's been tuned uniquely at Toyota's Altona plant in Melbourne for improved steering feel.
EPS offers fuel economy and environmental advantages over hydraulic power-assisted steering, and works independently of the petrol engine, allowing it to operate when the petrol engine is not operating - for example, when stopped at traffic lights or while braking.
The electric motor only consumes energy when power assistance is required - the more straight-line driving, the greater the power saving. EPS also eliminates the need for a hydraulic pump, hydraulic pumps, pulleys and belt, and the power steering fluid.
Hybrid Camry's EPS interacts with the Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) system, providing steering assist control in under-steer and over-steer situations, as well as when accelerating or braking.
Hybrid Camry has a unique suspension calibration, to suit Australian road conditions and driver preferences. It features the petrol Camry's coil spring fully independent front suspension with MacPherson struts and dual link strut type rear suspension. Ball joint mounted stabiliser bars minimise body movement.
The Hybrid model has revised spring and damper rates, revisions to the front upper suspension support rubber stiffness and a new front stabiliser bar.
Hybrid vehicles pose a unique challenge to vehicle designers thanks to their smooth and quiet driving performance, especially when running in Electric Vehicle (EV) mode.
Because the Hybrid Synergy Drive (HSD) system is so quiet and smooth, road noise is more noticeable than in conventional petrol or diesel cars. That's why sound insulation and absorbing materials have been placed in key areas throughout the car, helping to prevent road noise from entering the cabin.