17 February 2010 /
HYBRID CAMRY: REAL SAVINGS
FOR THE REAL WORLD
Toyota's Hybrid Camry - with combined power of 140kW from its 2.4 litre petrol engine and electric drive motor - produces only 142 grams per kilometre of CO2 when tested to the Australian Design Rule standards. Fuel consumption is only 6.0 litres per 100 kilometres travelled, 32% less than the non-Hybrid Camry.
Toyota New Zealand's General Manager of Sales and Operations, Steve Prangnell said, "This vehicle allows us to respond to the needs of New Zealand motorists by introducing fuel-saving and environmentally conscious technology as a mainstream option".
"We have the unique advantage in our market of producing and selling a four cylinder hybrid family car. With the third generation Prius, and now Hybrid Camry, there is the opportunity for more New Zealanders to embrace hybrid technology."
Hybrid vehicles produce lower and cleaner emissions than standard engine technologies, reduce fuel consumption and reduce the demand for oil.
"Hybrid Camry will save around up to 900 litres or $1,530 a year (based on pump price of $1.70 a litre for regular unleaded fuel) in everyday driving* compared with its six cylinder rivals, delivering fuel consumption and emissions similar to small and compact cars", Mr Prangnell said.
"Those savings will be multiplied for fleet owners, with many of their drivers covering far greater distances."
"That's the sort of result you'd expect from a car with less than half the power of Hybrid Camry and a much smaller engine size."
"By driving Hybrid Camry, the savings on fuel and therefore on people's wallets will be huge - and there is also a significant environmental benefit when compared with other cars."
Mr Prangnell said Hybrid Camry offers many fuel-saving features beyond the Hybrid Synergy Drive system.
"Toyota engineers have tuned the suspension and steering for Australian conditions - and they have included technology that improves overall driving performance and safety," he said.
Hybrid Camry's purpose designed 2.4 litre engine meets the stringent Euro IV emission regulations. Fuel-saving strategies include adopting the Atkinson cycle process, using electric power assisted steering instead of hydraulic and eliminating the need for a separate alternator. The air conditioning system has an 'ECO' mode to reduce fuel consumption. LED rear lights reduce electricity consumption, further reducing fuel usage.
* "Everyday driving" refers to the ADR 81/02 combined cycle. Emissions data based on ADR 81/02 combined cycle. Fuel consumption and emissions will vary depending on driving conditions/style, vehicle conditions and options/accessories.
Competitor fuel economy information sourced from www.rightcar.govt.nz website.