New body, same 2,775mm wheelbase

New body, same 2,775mm wheelbase

The first example of the eighth generation Toyota Camry came down the line at the company's Georgetown plant in Kentucky earlier on 23 August. The car's body is all-new, while the platform has been re-engineered but is the same basic architecture.

As well as 2.5-litre I4 and 3.5-litre V6 engines, there is also a 2.5-litre four-cylinder hybrid powertrain. Toyota is claiming superior fuel economy for each of these engines, compared to the units in the outgoing model. The hybrid is alone in having a standard CVT: the other engines are paired to a six-speed automatic.

Toyota sold 147,469 units of the Camry in the US market during the first half of calendar 2011 and the model has been America's best selling car for the last nine years.

As well as at Georgetown, North American build of the seventh generation Camry has, since 2007, also taken place at the Subaru factory in Indiana. The new model is highly likely to be made there too.

As for other regions, Toyota Australia has confirmed that it will also build the new model in petrol and petrol-electric forms from late 2011. Other counties where the seventh generation Camry is manufactured or assembled include Japan, China, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia and Russia.

Author: Glenn Brooks