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Toyota Camry Balances Power and Economy

Toyota's new Camry gives drivers the best balance of power and economy.

Toyota New Zealand Assistant General Manager of Product Planning, Neeraj Lala said "The 2012 Camry delivers excellent bang for your buck. It's our most powerful four cylinder Camry yet with impressive savings in fuel use and harmful emissions."

"Assuming that fuel remains constant at $2 per litre, we've calculated that the fuel consumption improvement in this new Camry will save our customers approximately $50 million over the next ten years."

"Our customers are going to notice the fuel savings over the life of their car, and also get around 100 kilometres further with every tank. Camry offers not only a better dynamic driving experience, but the added convenience of fewer trips to the fuel station too," said Mr Lala.

Output for the new 2.5 litre engine - which replaces the current 2.4 litre unit - rises from 117kW to 133kW. On Camry Atara models the twin exhausts gain an extra 2kW to 135kW - an overall percentage increase of 15.4 per cent.

Torque is improved six per cent to 231Nm for GL and 235Nm for Atara versions - with a substantial increase in the mid range.

The 2012 petrol Camry cuts a full litre from the combined cycle fuel economy, using just 7.8 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres. That's a 11.3 per cent improvement.

CO2 emissions drop by 25 grams per kilometre, down to 183 grams compared with 208 grams for the current car.

Greater efficiency, reduced friction losses and improved combustion all contribute to Camry's engine delivering better performance while using less fuel.

Variable valve timing has been extended to the exhaust as well as the intake camshaft, improving thermal efficiency and increasing exhaust gas recirculation, which in turn reduces emissions.

Toyota uses the acronym VVT-i - with the "i" standing for the intelligent way the system optimises valve timing across the engine operating range, providing maximum performance and fuel efficiency.

The system reduces emissions even when the engine is cold, for example, when starting in the morning.

Camry's 2.5 litre four cylinder petrol engine also has a new acoustically controlled induction system, which improves torque from 2000 to 4000rpm in the heart of the driving range.

The new engine is mated to a six speed automatic transmission.

CAMRY HYBRID

The 2012 Camry Hybrid combines a newly developed 2.5 litre Atkinson cycle petrol engine with Toyota's renowned Hybrid Synergy Drive system.

This combination provides excellent fuel economy with surprisingly powerful acceleration feel and smooth power delivery.

Power output for the Camry Hybrid's petrol engine is 118kW, up 7.3 per cent or 8kW compared to the 2.4 litre engine used in the current generation model. Torque has increased 14 per cent from 187Nm to 213Nm.

The combination of Toyota's HSD with the larger output petrol engine raises the total system output to 151kW and allows Camry Hybrid to accelerate to 100 kilometres per hour in just 8.0 seconds.

Improvements to Camry's hybrid system for this generation include integrating the DC-DC converter and inverter and moving the unit to the engine compartment, allowing for more space in the luggage area.

An EV mode has been adopted to allow Camry Hybrid to move using only the electric motor. A dedicated ECO drive mode switch also helps the driver to drive in a more fuel efficient manner.

Fuel consumption has dropped to 5.2 litres per 100 kilometres, down 13 per cent from 6.0 litres per 100 kilometres in the outgoing car. CO2 emissions reduce 15 per cent from 142 to just 121 grams per kilometre.