Toyota
Motor Sales U.S.A has announced retail prices for its all-new 2002 Camry sedan
that are up to $US1,800 or 7.5% less than comparable 2001 models.

America’s best-selling passenger car for four years running has been completely
redesigned for 2002 with an aggressive grille, sharp cut headlamps and jewelled
tail lamps.

Four cylinder 2002 Camrys have an all-new twin-cam 16-valve 2.4-litre engine
with variable valve timing (VVT-i) which generates 157 horsepower at 5,600 rpm,
an improvement of 21hp over the previous engine, and 162 lbs./ft. of torque
at 4,000rpm.

Fuel economy is also improved with preliminary EPA city/highway gas mileage
of 23/32 mpg with the four-speed automatic transmission and 23/33 mpg with the
five-speed manual. In addition to more power, the new engine is EPA-certified
as an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV).

There is also a four-cam 3.0-litre V6 that produces 192 horsepower at 5,300rpm
and 209 lbs./ft. of torque at 4,400rpm. Preliminary EPA city/highway gas mileage
for the V6 with the four-speed automatic transmission is 20/28 mpg. The V6 is
also EPA-certified ULEV.

A larger wheelbase allows a more spacious cabin in which restyled front seats
offer improved lumbar support and a greater range of seating positions. The
rear features 60/40 fold-down seats and L-shaped headrests that provide better
rear visibility for the driver.

With a higher level of standard equipment than the previous generation, the
base LE grade includes electronic air conditioning with air filtration, power
windows with driver’s auto-down, power automatic door locks, three-in-one
AM/FM/cassette/CD audio with six speakers, cruise control, tilt steering, colour-keyed
outside power mirrors, variable intermittent washer-linked wipers, full-size
spare tyre, daytime running lights, rear window defogger, 60/40 split-folding
rear seat, digital clock, outside temperature display and overhead console with
map lights and sunglasses holder.

The LE starts at $18,970 for the four-cylinder five-speed manual transmission
while $19,800 for the LE four-cylinder automatic is down $615, or 3% on the
2001 model. The base price for the automatic LE V6 is $22,260; $925 or 4% less
than the 2001.

Standard equipment for the XLE adds automatic climate control air conditioning
with rear-seat vents, eight-speaker JBL three-in-one AM/FM/cassette/CD audio,
power driver and passenger seats, multi-function remote keyless entry system,
anti-theft system with engine immobiliser and alarm, multi-information display
with trip computer and steering wheel mounted controls, electrochromic mirror
with compass, chrome side moulding, colour-keyed heated outside mirrors, rear
glass diversity antenna, wood-grain trim, auto up/down driver’s window,
chrome interior door handles, Homelink garage door opener, rear sunshade, cargo
net, illuminated vanity mirrors and seat back pockets.

The base XLE four-cylinder model is $22,295, down $1,800, or 7.5% on the 2001
model. The XLE V6 is $25,405, down $820 or 3.1% than the 2001 model.

A new SE grade is intended to attract younger buyers previously put off by
the Camry’s ‘family car’ image. The SE has a ‘sport’
grille, black headlamp masking, fog lamps, a rear spoiler, black pearl emblems
with chrome logos, chrome exhaust outlet, 215/60R16 performance tyres and unique
wheel covers, sport interior fabric, three-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel,
leather shift lever, metallic-style trim, and ‘sport’ gauges.

The SE also has ‘sport-tuned’ suspension and is priced from $20,310
for the four-cylinder five-speed manual to $23,700 for the automatic V6.















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