Toyota Camry Gains Freshened Styling, Enhanced Performance
And Expanded Safety Technology For 2005
Toyota has freshened the styling of the best-selling Camry for 2005, and enhanced the performance of four-cylinder models by offering a five-speed automatic transmission in place of the previous four-speed automatic. All Camry model grades now include an anti-lock brake system (ABS) as standard equipment, and Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) is available for the first time on four-cylinder models.
'The Toyota Camry has become the best-selling midsize car in America, as well as the platinum standard in midsize family sedans, by offering the very best combination of room, comfort, performance, safety features and value,' said Don Esmond, Toyota Division senior vice president and general manager. 'Changes for 2005 typify Toyota's tradition of continuous improvement.'
The standard five-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with intelligence (5ECT-i) enhances both acceleration and fuel efficiency through a wider spread of gear ratios than a four-speed automatic. The 'intelligence' is a grade logic that selects the proper gear for ascending and descending inclines. Four-cylinder Camry models deliver excellent gas mileage ratings: 24 mpg city / 34 mpg highway on the EPA test cycle with the five-speed automatic transmission and 24/33 mpg with the five-speed manual transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com)
A redesigned grille and headlamps give Camry models a bolder appearance in front, complemented by redesigned tail lamps with circular lighting elements. Further changes to the exterior include redesigned wheel covers for the LE grade and redesigned 16-inch alloy wheels for the XLE grade. The sporty Camry SE model is distinguished by a unique grille design and for 2005 features new 17-inch alloy wheels for the V6 model (four-cylinder model includes standard 16-inch alloy wheels).
Inside, several new details provide a more upscale appearance and feel. The LE model gains a chrome shifter base and interior door handles, and all models feature a new center console cover. Steering wheel audio controls provide convenience, and new seat fabric enhances comfort in the LE and XLE model grades. Leather seats are standard on the XLE V6. The interior gains new optitron instrument gauge meters.
On models equipped with the available JBL premium stereo with six-disc in-dash CD changer and navigation system, owners can now add satellite radio.
All grades offer a standard double overhead cam (DOHC) 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. The engine produces 160 horsepower at 5,700 RPM and 163 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 RPM for responsive, quiet and economical performance. Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) ensures an even spread of power across the engine RPM range.
All four-cylinder models sold in California and select Northeast states meet Partial Zero Emission Vehicle (PZEV) standards, complying with the state's Clean Air Initiative. The PZEV Camry meets the Super Últra Low Emission Vehicle (SÚLEV) standard for tailpipe emissions and emits virtually zero emissions from vaporization in the gas tank and fuel system.
Performance and fuel efficiency for the PZEV Camry are virtually the same as the other four-cylinder models. The engine produces 151 horsepower at 5,600 RPM and 161 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 RPM, and the car has EPA city/highway estimated fuel mileage ratings of 23/32 mpg. The PZEV Camry carries an emission warranty period of 15 years or 150,000 miles, whichever comes first, for vehicles sold, registered, and licensed in California and select Northeast states. All non-PZEV Camry models are EPA-certified as Últra Low Emission Vehicles (ÚLEV).
The Camry LE and XLE models with the 3.0-liter V6 engine has EPA city/highway gas mileage estimates of 20/28 mpg, and the SE with its optional 3.3-liter V6 achieves estimated ratings of 21/29 mpg.
XLE Offers Luxury; SE Delivers Sporty Performance
The Camry XLE provides a number of luxury amenities, including automatic climate control, power-adjustable front seats, a Homelink® transceiver/garage door opener, electrochromic auto-dimming rear view mirror with compass and, with the V6 engine, a power moonroof and leather-trimmed seats.
The SE grade adds a sporty appearance and handling edge to the Camry, plus the option of even more performance with an available 3.3-liter V6 engine that produces 225 horsepower and 240 lb.-ft. of peak torque. The 3.0-liter V6 available in LE and XLE grades produces 210 hp and 220 lb.-ft. of torque. In all Camry engines, Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) ensures an even spread of power across the engine RPM range.
Specific SE chassis tuning includes higher-rate springs, stabilizer bar and shock damping rates, a low-flow power steering pump and a front strut reinforcement bar. The SE also rides on 215/60R-16 summer tires, while other model grades feature all-season treads. For 2005, the V6 SE model is equipped with new 17-inch alloy wheels for a distinct appearance and sharpened handling.
The Camry SE is distinguished by its own blackout grille, black headlamp masking, integrated fog lamps, and unique black badging with chrome logos. Inside, the sporty SE interior treatment is highlighted by an exclusive fabric design, a three-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel, and amber-colored optitron gauge meters.
A Benchmark for Room, Comfort and Quiet
The Camry offers ample room for five passengers and their cargo. Its tall profile provides a greater sense of openness than in some other sedans, and the higher seating points provide greater ease of entry/exit and better visibility. The 16.7 cubic feet of trunk space rivals that of larger cars, yet the LE, SE and XLE carry a full-size spare tire. A standard 60/40 split rear fold down seat expands carrying capacity.
To help accommodate a wide range of drivers, Camry offers optional power-adjustable brake and accelerator pedals (with automatic transmission only) that allow drivers to position their seats more comfortably relative to the steering wheel.
The Camry has become a benchmark for a smooth, quiet ride in a midsize car by achieving new 'lows' in noise, vibration and harshness (NVH). Noise suppression begins with an exceptionally strong body structure. Cowl stiffeners, asphalt sheeting, and stiffeners across the rear parcel tray, under the rear seat and the spare tire well provide additional NVH control.
A low 0.28 coefficient of drag (Cd) along with foam-packed A-, B- and C-pillars help minimize wind noise. The Camry delivers the often-conflicting goals of responsive handling and smooth ride comfort. The steering system is precise yet exhibits excellent impact damping for less kickback.
Camry helps protect its occupants with a reinforced passenger cabin with front and rear crumple zones. All five seating positions provide a three-point seatbelt, with pretensioners and force limiters for the front seat occupants. The driver-side airbag uses three-stage deployment based on impact severity and the position of the driver's seat. The front-passenger airbag deploys in two stages, depending on impact severity. Front and rear passenger side and curtain airbags are available on all Camry models. The side curtain airbag system is designed to help protect the heads of front and rear-seat occupants in side impacts while the seat mounted driver and front passenger airbag helps protect the torsos of front-seat occupants in side impacts.
Four-wheel ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) is standard on all model grades for 2005. The ABS helps preserve steering ability by preventing the wheels from locking during severe braking conditions, and the EBD feature optimizes brake pressure at each wheel for greater control under braking, especially when cornering.
All Camry models feature the Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) uniform child seat anchorage system.
The available Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) system helps maintain directional stability during cornering by manipulating engine torque and individual wheel-braking influence when it detects tire slippage.
The VSC option includes a traction control function that helps reduce tire slippage during acceleration. Brake Assist, also included, is designed to determine if the driver is attempting emergency braking and, if the driver has not stepped firmly enough on the brake pedal to engage the ABS, the system supplements the applied braking power until pedal pressure is released.
Enhanced Interior Function with Available Navigation
A multi-information display, located just above the audio system, integrates a seatbelt warning light, clock, and outside temperature gauge on LE and SE grades. In the XLE grade, the display shows current and average fuel economy, remaining driving range, average speed, elapsed trip time and driving time. The driver selects the display items with switches on the steering wheel center pad.
The optional navigation system stores the mapping for the contiguous Únited States and major Canadian cities on one digital versatile disc (DVD). This system provides very fast route calculation (about five seconds) and includes multi-language selection. Major functions include multi-route calculation, route preview, simplified highway junction graphics and a dual-map screen mode. The DVD holds a database of five million searchable points of interest, and the system offers the ability to search by telephone number.
Renowned Toyota Value
The Camry LE and SE grades come standard with a deluxe AM/FM/CD audio system with six speakers. The XLE grade features a JBL premium audio system with an in-dash six-disc CD changer and eight speakers in six locations (optional on LE and SE grades). LE, SE and XLE include a remote keyless entry system as standard.
Toyota's 36-month/36,000-mile basic new-vehicle limited warranty applies to all components other than normal wear and maintenance items. Additional 60-month warranties cover the powertrain for 60 months/60,000 miles and corrosion perforation for 60 months with no mileage limitation.Source - Toyota
Toyota PZEV Camry
Toyota began selling the Partial Zero Emission Vehicle (PZEV) Camry in California in January 2003. Starting in the 2005 model year, sales of the PZEV Camry will expand to select northeast states. The PZEV Camry is the cleanest all-gasoline powered vehicle that a consumer can purchase and it complies with the clean air initiatives of California and northeast states.
The PZEV Camry meets the Super Últra Low Emission Vehicle (SÚLEV) standard for tailpipe exhaust emissions. In addition, PZEV Camrys emit virtually zero emissions from the vaporization of fuel in the gas tank and fuel system. Most vehicles, either idle or moving, emit some hydrocarbons which are a precursor to smog. PZEV Camrys carry an emission warranty period of 15 years or 150,000 miles, whichever comes first. The PZEV Camry provides 151 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 161 lb.-ft. torque at 4,000 rpm and it achieves EPA city/highway estimated fuel mileage ratings of 23/32 miles per gallon.
PZEV Camrys are distinguished by a leaf-car sticker placed in the left rear quarter panel window. This is consistent with the current placement of the SÚLEV sticker on the Prius electric-gasoline hybrid.
On the PZEV specification 2AZ-FE engine, the intake, exhaust, fuel, and evaporative emission control systems have been changed to reduce vehicle emissions. Únder the PZEV requirements, the exhaust emissions must meet the SÚLEV regulations and the evaporative emissions must meet the zero emissions standard. With these stricter emissions standards, it is crucial to reduce cold start and cold engine running emissions. The following describes how the PZEV Camry meets these standards. ( posted on conceptcarz.com)
A component of the PZEV is the Intake Manifold Valve Assembly (IMVA), which is attached to an intake manifold. The IMVA consists of the valve body, intake manifold runner valve and valve motor assembly. When the runner valve is closed, intake air velocity increases, which promotes better mixing of the fuel with air and reduces the amount of fuel adhering to the intake port and cylinder wall when the engine is cold. This means less fuel is needed for combustion, and the ignition can be retarded immediately after a cold start, reducing emissions.
The engine control module (ECM) fully closes the intake manifold runner valve during idle when the engine coolant temperature is between 14°F (-10°C) and 140°F (60°C) and the intake air temperature is more than 14°F (-10°C). Other than this condition, the ECM fully opens the intake manifold runner valve.
When the engine is off, the intake manifold runner valve is kept in a half-open condition to ensure engine startability.
Open and Closed Condition for Intake Manifold Runner Valve
The intake manifold runner valve motor assembly uses a DC motor that rotates the runner valve (valve shaft), and a position sensor (Hall IC) that detects the valve shaft position.
The valve position sensor uses a Hall IC sensor and a magnet that is mounted on the valve shaft axis.
The valve position sensor gives the ECM feedback on the position of the runner valve, which the ECM uses for SFI control and for determining runner valve operation.
A 12-hole injector uses lighter components for faster performance. The fuel exit holes are modified for better fuel atomization.
The distance between the injector and the intake valve has decreased to reduce the amount of fuel sticking on the intake port wall.
The Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) system control has been slightly modified to operate immediately after a cold engine start. Valve timing begins with a six-degree valve overlap. By opening the intake valve early, the higher temperature cylinder gases promote better fuel atomization and reduce fuel adhesion to the intake tract. Other benefits include a reduction in hydrocarbon (HC) and NOx by mixing some of the residual cylinder gases with the fresh intake charge.
A compact exhaust manifold with a double-wall construction prevents the temperature of the exhaust gas from dropping as it travels from the exhaust ports to the Three-Way Catalytic Converter (TWC). This promotes faster activation of the TWC. Furthermore, this manifold is shaped so that the planar air/fuel ratio sensor is mounted in the most effective position for detecting the exhaust gas from all cylinders.
The front TWC has 900 cells per square inch and is designed to meet the 15-year/150,000-mile PZEV requirement.
Super Stability Heated Oxygen Sensor
A super stability heated oxygen sensor is used in the bank 2 position and the bank 3 position. A catalyst layer is applied on top of the cup element coating. This catalyst converts the minute amount of hydrogen present in the exhaust gas, allowing the sensor to more accurately detect the amount of oxygen.
The bank 1, sensor 2 oxygen sensor modifies the air/fuel ratio to improve and monitor catalyst performance. The bank 1, sensor 3 oxygen sensor only detects rear TWC performance. For greater accuracy, this sensor's output is measured by impedance. The circuit for detecting impedance is inside the ECM. Impedance is the effective resistance in an alternating current circuit. The impedance of this circuit cannot be accurately measured with an ohmmeter.
Toyota HCAC System
The Toyota Hydrocarbon Adsorptive Catalyst (HCAC) system is used in the rear TWC. In this TWC, the bottom layer, closest to the ceramic, is coated with an HC adsorbent material, and the layer above is coated with a three-way catalyst material. When the TWC is cold, the HC adsorbent layer temporarily adsorbs the discharged HC from a cold start. As the TWC reaches operating temperature, it gradually purifies the stored HC.
To meet stringent PZEV evaporative emission requirements, the following items have been changed:
* A multiplex layered nylon fuel main tube is now used.
* The capacity of the charcoal canister has been increased.
* A trap canister has been added.
* The cut-off valve has been integrated in the fuel tank.
* The fuel filler pipe has been mounted directly on the fuel tank.
* A carbon filter has been added to the air filter.
All these items are designed to prevent HCs from escaping into the atmosphere. The EVAP monitor is nearly identical to the LEV II EVAP monitor.Source - Toyota
A mid-size vehicle, the Toyota Camry was formerly a compact car that was manufactured by Toyota since 1980. The Toyota Camry was released with a wheelbase of 102.4 inches, a whole six inches longer than the Accord. The Camry featured much more legroom for backseat passengers. The Camry came with Camry's 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine at 92 horsepower. Available transmissions were a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic.
In January of 1980, Toyota originally launched the Toyota Celica Camry for the Japanese home market. Basically a second-generation Toyota Carina, this new Celica Camry featured updated body styling and a front end that was very similar to a 1978 Toyota Celica XX; known as the Celica Supra in export markets. Based on the rear-wheel drive Celica, this new model was powered by either a 1.6 liter 12T-U engine that produced 88 hp and 94 lb-ft of torque, or a 1.8 liter 13T-U engine that produced 94 hp and 108 lb-ft of torque. Near the end of its model life cycle, Toyota debuted a sports version of the Celica Camry that was equipped with the 16-valve double overhead camshaft 2.0 liter engine from the Celica that produced 96 hp. Today, this is the most enviable and sought after versions of the Celica Camry.
The Celica Camry shared the 98.4 wheelbase of the Celica, Corona and the Carina, but it was longer than the Carina, and shorter than both the Corona and the Celica. Over 100,000 models were constructed during it model cycle and sold in Japan. This model was also exported to a huge number of markets under the Carina's name and also replaced the second-generation Carina in those markets.
The Toyota Camry has been the best-selling vehicle for nine of the last ten years, beginning in 1997, and the only exception being 2001. The Toyota Camry sells particularly well in Cambodia, where a huge majority of cars sold are Camry's. The Camry also sells very well in Canada, Australia and a variety of Asian markets. Unfortunately, the Toyota Camry has not sold well in Europe, or its home market Japan.
The Camry became an independent model line in 1982 and was sold as a compact four-door sedan and the five-door hatchback. At this time, the Camry was positioned above the Carina and Corona, and there were limited exports, predominantly to right-hand-drive markets. In the early 1980's the trend was leaning towards the box-shaped vehicle, and in this aspect, the first generation Camry fit in quite well. The vehicle size and available options were characteristic of Japanese-designed vehicles of the time.
The Camry was the most attractive of the offered vehicles, but it was considered to very functional and came with a lot of outward visibility with its slim roof pillars and lots of glass area. Much like the Accord, the Camry was available in a few trim levels, the base model DX and the more luxurious LE model. The Camry was not offered in two-door form, unlike the Accord, though the four-door Camry could be purchased in either hatchback or sedan body styles.
The Camry was rated with strong attributes by the loving public, with fine build quality, comfortable and solid reliability and with a very ‘peppy performance'. For the first full year of production, the Toyota Camry was Toyota's new midsize family car. The following year the only changes for the lineup were a slight variety in colors, along with addition of flush-mounted headlights and an increase in the engine's output up to 95 horsepower.
The Toyota Camry was available in North America with a 92 hp 2.0 liter engine, or a 74 hp 2.0 liter 2C-TLC turbo-diesel engine. The Toyota Camry was a front-wheel drive vehicle that was built on an all-new platform, whereas the Celica Camry was rear-wheel drive. Only a gas-fueled hatchback model was sold in Australia, while the U.K. and most of Continental Europe received the sedan and hatchback versions.
A brand new and improved Accord was introduced in 1986, and though unfortunately the Camry couldn't compete, but the following year it would be back on strong with a whole new redesign. Dropping the hatchback body style, the second generation Toyota Camry lineup now included a station wagon. A all-new all-wheel drive system that was dubbed All-Trac was introduced in 1988 and featured a 2.5 liter, 160 hp V6 engine that were added as options for the first time. A GT model that used the older 3S-GE engine found on the Celica was debuted in Japan. This model had a factory strut brace that was similar to an AE92 Corolla and also ran on the V6 model's 15 inch alloy wheels. The GT model also featured an electronic instrument cluster.
The second generation of the Toyota Camry was unveiled in 1987 with a bang! Intent on beating the Honda Accord, the Toyota Camry was introduced with numerous improvements. A much more modern, 16-valve, twin-cam engine design was introduced that resulted in an additional 20 more horsepower, though the four-cylinder engine's displacement remained at 2.0 liters. This was 17 more horsepower than the Honda Accord.
In Altona, Victoria, Australia, Toyota Australia began producing second generation Camry's; this was in fact the first Camry ever made outside of Japan. The base model featured a 1.8 liter four-cylinder engine that was rated at 86 hp. Meanwhile a 2.0 liter four-cylinder was available on all other models and was rated at 116 hp. A 2.5 liter V6 engine was introduced in 1988. This V6 sat at the top of the lineup and ended up being the only model imported from Japan. This version was very expensive and was sold in only small numbers. The 1.8 liter engine was deleted in 1989 and was replaced with a carbureted 2.0 liter engine that was capable of producing 110 hp.
The second generation Camry was now much quieter and had a significant decrease in vibration. The optional transmission now featured imperceptible gear changes. The Camry was customized for customers that wanted a smooth and quiet vehicle, while the Accord was aimed more at drivers who wanted interaction and feedback from their vehicle.
A sleeker new body was introduced for this generation, though it was still conservative, the Camry was much more upscale than the previous generation. For this year a wagon was introduced, while the five-door hatchback was dropped as American's preferred the four door model. Slim roof pillars were also once again introduced to minimize blind spots. For the 1987 model year, three trim levels were made available, base, 'value-equipped' DX, and the luxurious and well appointed luxurious LE.
For 1998 the Camry was introduced with a V6 option and the option of all-wheel drive. Producing 153 horsepower, the 2.5-liter V6 showcased double-overhead cams with four valves per cylinder. Stronger acceleration along with a smooth and quiet operation were the benefits from this refined powerplant. 'All-Trac'; the AWD system was available, but only with manual transmission and provided additional grip for those who drove in a slippery zone area, such as the Northeast and the Midwest.
The Camry was very well received in the U.S. and the decision was made by Toyota to begin production of the vehicle in the states. The first American-made Camry was chosen to be produced in Georgetown, Kentucky, and the model began rolling off the line in 1998. Consumers could now purchase a Japanese vehicle without feeling the guilt of taking away work from the Americans. The Toyota Manufacturing plant in Kentucky was the first wholly-owned U.S. Toyota plant. At this time, three trim levels of the second generation of Camry's were produced, the base model, the DX, and the LE.
The upscale Lexus ES 250 was repackaged with the 2.5 liter engine and Camry chassis. Basically, the Lexus ES 250 was the Japanese-market Camry hardtop. Anti-lock brakes became optional on the V6, LE, and station wagon models in 1991. In the U.S. these new second generation models were very popular.
Remaining basically unchanged for the next two years, in 1989 the Camry All-Trac could be purchased with the automatic gearbox. The Camry won great acclaim for generating high levels of reliability and build quality, and sales continued to climb higher.
The Toyota Camry became the Toyota's ‘jewel of a family car' and became the fifth best-selling vehicle in America as production was increased at the Kentucky plant. In 1991 antilock brakes became an optional feature on just a few of the Camry models. In this same year a knock sensor on the V6 was also added to ensure smoother operation.
In 1992 the Toyota Camry was introduced larger in every dimension. Nearly 6 inches longer in length, the Camry was also now 2 inches wider and both the height and wheelbase were an entire inch larger than before. Much more aesthetic to the eye, the all-new Camry featured much more room for passengers. The 1992 Camry featured a much smoother engine, more sound insulation and car that featured much less noise than vehicles that cost much more than the Toyota Camry. The 1992 Camry was also the model for the 1992 Lexus ES 300.
The all-new larger Camry now featured a much larger engine and the four-cylinder engine now displaced 2.2 liters and now displaced 130 horsepower. Now reaching 185 horsepower, the V6 jumped up to 3.0 liters which launched the Camry from 0-60mph in barely under 8 seconds.
In this same year the DX, LE, XLE and SE joined the Toyota Camry's lineup. The SE featured sport seats, a rear spoiler, door handle, mirror trim and a blacked-out window. This same model also featured performance suspension, a faster steering ratio, larger tires on special alloy wheels and a numerically higher final drive ratio.
Later on during the 1992 model year, a wagon rejoined the Camry lineup, and was roomy enough to allow for a third-seat option. The station was also offered in LE and DX trim levels.
In July of 1990, the third-generation SV30 Camry debuted exclusively to the Japanese market. In Japan, the Toyota Scepter was a widened version of this same model, and featured a very unique front and rear-end styling, with the side doors and other various sheet metal and mechanical components that were interchangeable between the two cars. The Scepter was known as the Camry SXV10 in other markets outside of Japan.
In July of 1992, an updated model was introduced. This new model featured a larger grille and an updated AC unit. The GT package was replaced with the ZX touring package.
For 1993 the Camry was refined slightly, and now featured improved gear shifting quality of manual transmission/four cylinder vehicles. For this same year, a new variety of colors were also introduced along with DX model that featured color-keyed body-side moldings. By 1993 the Kentucky plant now produced 75% of all Camry sedans sold in the U.S. and 100% of all Camry wagons, sold worldwide.
The '94 Camry received a few major innovations as it entered into its third year of its third-generation of design. The Camry was introduced in a popular two-door version to combat Honda's Accord Coupe for this year. The Camry also featured a passenger airbag to encourage additional safety. Now featuring 188 horsepower, the 1994 V6 was completely redesigned and showcased more power and a much smoother operation.
The SV40 Camry was introduced in July of 1994 and was exclusive for the Japanese market. The SV40 used a 1.8 liter, a 2.0 liter, and a 2.2 liter turbodiesel. The 2.0 liter model was only version first available in all-wheel drive, though later the 2.2 liter turbo-diesel was made available for this system.
The following year the SV40 was updated with anti-lock brakes and dual air bags that were now standard equipment.
For the following year, the Camry received a slight update that included a new grille, taillight and headlights that made the model seem much more upscale. The LE trim was now the only choice for the Camry wagon as the DX wagon was dropped. ABS was offered as a standard option on the XLE, and was optional on other trim levels. The 1995 Camry met the 1997 Government side-impact crash standards.
The 1996 Camry was unveiled for its Fifth, and final year of the generation, with only slight updates from the year before. Leather seats became optional on the LE, and a new seat fabric was introduced on the interior of the DX while the LE Wagon now introduced a power seat option. The fifth generation continued as a sedan and station wagon; which was called the Camry Gracia in Japan and wasn't sold in the U.S.
For the following year the Toyota Camry was completely redesigned with a new body style that replaced the curves of the generation before for sharp angles on a wedge-like profile. Both the station wagon and the two-door version were deleted. The width of the '97 Camry was also increased slightly and a 2-inch stretch was added in wheelbase which now provided legroom for back-seat passengers. The sporty SE was deleted from the lineup, while 3 lineups were now introduced, the base CE, the LE, and the very loaded XLE.
Producing 133 horsepower, the 2.2-linter inline four was a much more powerful engine while the V6 now featured 194 horsepower. LE and XLE Camry models had automatic transmission as standard and the four-cylinder CE came with a choice of automatic or five-speed manual. The only Camry equipped with a manual gearbox, the CE V6 was able to reach 0-60mph in less than 8 seconds. For this year not much changed with the suspension except for a slight improvement in handling and ride.
In this same year, ABS became standard on all Camry's except for the four-cylinder CE model. Antilock brakes were now more readily available, and the new bumpers could now withstand a 5-mph impact along with the option of traction control for V6 LE and XLE models. For this year, the Camry was the best-selling car in the U.S. The Japanese Scepter was deleted while the Japanese Camry models adopted the 1795 mm wide platform.
For the 1998 model year, side-impact airbags were offered as an option for all models. The V6 already featured the inline four, and for this year earned LEV name. An engine immobilizer was also added and was now improved and featured with a new anti-theft system. Once again, the Toyota Camry became the most popular vehicle in America.
For the following year, the Camry Solara coupe was introduced into the lineup. The Solara featured a very attractive swoopy roofline, a unique nose and tail and heavily creased sides. The Solara was built on the same platform as the sedan, but delivered a sportier feel due to a tightened suspension along with recalibrated, firmer steering. V6 models now also offered a optional Sport package that featured 16-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler and a stiffer suspension. By 2000 a Solara convertible form was introduced.
The Camry SE was dropped in the U.S. while the base model Solara was renamed the CE for the 1997 model year. Carryovers from the previous generation, the LE and the XLE were available with either the 2.2 L I4 or the 3.0 L V6 engine except for the Solara SLE, which was only available with the V6. The 2001 model year ushered in the LE-based Collector Edition.
For the Camry, power was pumped p to 133 hp SAE for the 5S-FE 2.2 L I4 and 194 hp SEA for the 1MZ-FE V6. CE trim level, LE V6 and any Solara models were the only ones to feature manual transmissions.
Identical to the export version of the Toyota Camry, the Daihatsu Altis was the first Camry to be sold for the General Export market, and was offered as 2.2 GLX and 3.0 V6 Grande. In 1997 a more upscale version of the Camry Gracia wagon was marketed in Japan as the Mark II Qualis. This model was available in 3.0G version with 1MZ-FE V6 engine, though it was not available in JDM Camry's.
This newest coupe was offered in SE trim with the option of either the four-cylinder or V6, while the SLE, which was encased in leather, came with either engine along with the option of other manual or automatic transmission. The SLE was pimped out much like an XLE sedan, while the SE featured a level of equipment much like an LE sedan.
LE and XLE Camry's received daytime running lights as a standard feature in 1999, while the CE also received it if it came with optional antilock brakes. Other updates included upgraded sound systems with both CD and cassette players, along with a new variety of color options.
For 2000, Toyota chose to spice p the four-year-old Camry sedan body style with fresh front and rear ends. New enlarged taillights were featured on the tail, while a chrome outline for the grille added flair to the nose. The exterior was also even more enhanced with revised side moldings along with new wheel cover and wheel designs. On the inside of the Toyota Camry, a newly standard stereo with cassette and CD players for all models was the biggest update. Faux wood trim also became standard on the XLE.
In 2001 the fourth-generation Camry was debuted and showcased a unique 'Gallery Series' edition. This edition featured two-tone treatments for the paint and interior along with chrome accents on the wheel covers, the exhaust tip and vent surrounds. This LE series also featured a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift.
Introduced without the station wagon for the first time, the Toyota Camry was released in September 2001 and as a larger sedan. The Camry wagon was replaced by the Toyota Sienna mini-van and the Highlander SUV, both vehicles that utilized the Camry's platform. A technique that had been adopted by compact vehicles, the front end of the car was short, which left a great deal of length to the cabin. An extremely tall vehicle, this sixth generation of the Toyota Camry was 2.5 inches taller and had a 2 inch longer wheelbase than the previous model.
For the 2002 model year, Toyota introduced an all-new Camry that featured an even more substantial and more aerodynamic than earlier models. This newest generation was considered to be even more upscale and elegant that its forbearers. The boot was also increased by 2.6 cubic feet which featured an end result of 16.7 cubic feet. The base CE model was dropped, while the SE sport model was reintroduced to the lineup.
Rather than complicate the design procedure with added trim levels to jazz up buyer interest, Toyota kept it simple by offering only a few versions to suit buyers' needs. The base CE was dropped as Toyota felt the lack of interest from consumers in a vehicle that featured manual windows and no air conditioning. Now there were only three Camry models to pick from, the LE, the sporty SE and the XLE.
For 2002 the option level lay once again in either four or six-cylinder engine power. The V6 lost some horsepower to qualify for ULEV status and to lower emissions, but it was still stellar. The new inline four engine featured 157 horsepower and at 2.4 liters; 162 lb-ft of torque.
The Solara stayed on the sixth generation chassis though it only received minor styling updates to the front and rear ends. The Solara did receive the same 2.4L 2AZ-FE VVT-I I4 engine that was available on the Camry.
The 2002 to 2006 Camry was available in five different trims in Australia and New Zealand; the Altise, Ateva, Sportivo, Grande and Azura. These models were significantly different from other Camry models worldwide, and featured around 77% locally developed components that would sit both Australian and New Zealand roads and driving conditions.
For 2003 the Toyota Camry remained virtually unchanged except for the addition of newly available power-adjustable pedals. The all new 2004 Camry SE featured a 3.3-liter V6 that boosted hp up to 225 and torque to 220 lb-ft. The LE and XLE trim's 3.0-liter V6 output was also upgraded to 210 hp and 220 lb-ft of torque. A new Limited Edition trim was sold this model year and featured an exclusive Crystal White color, a very unique grille design and foglights that were standard.
For 2005 a new entry-level standard model was added to the lineup. All Camry models received updated styling, new standard anti-lock brakes, steering wheel audio controls, Optitron gauges and upgraded seat fabrics. New standard leather upholstery was also added to the XLE V6. Also added to the 2005 model was a rear center head restraint, a storage bin in the door, standard leather seating on V6-powered XLE's and Optitron gauges. A new base trim level was also offered for 2005 and was also priced lower than the Camry LE. Both the V6 and I4 engines were now available on a 5-speed automatic transmission while the I4 engine received the new transmission for the '05 model year.
Introduced in 2003 as a 2004 model, the second generation Camry Solara featured all new unique styling in comparison from the Camry. The Solara now took its styling cues from the Lexus SC430. Though the 2.4 L VVT-i engine was still available, an all new 2.2 L VVT-i V6 was available. The same 5-speed automatic transmission was placed in the Solara that was in the sedan. A brand new SE Sport was now offered in addition to the SE and SLE trims. The SLE trim could now be had with the four-cylinder engine, unlike the first generation Solara. In the Japanese market, the Daihatsu continued with its twin Altis model.
The fifth generation Toyota Camry was introduced in the Philippines with 2.0 and 2.4 liter engines with four-speed automatics and no manual option. This was different from the U.S. version and featured a different front end design along with new inner taillight garnishes.
For the following year, not many changes were made except for the addition of a navigation system to the SE V6's options list. New standardized horsepower testing procedure lowered power ratings for this year, though actual output didn't change much.
In March of 2006, the seventh generation of the Camry went on sale. The Toyota Camry was completely redesigned with radically updated styling. The smooth body of the previous generation was replaced with a more angular and distinctive form. The interior of the Camry was also updated to feature a more eye-catching appearance with new teal lighting. Additional passenger space and new luxury-oriented features were also added to the '07 model.
This new generation now had a 56 mm longer wheelbase, though the overall length remained the same. This version was introduced at the 2006 North American International Auto show, right alongside the new hybrid version. This version was sold in some countries in Asia and the Middle East. In the U.S., the primary market for the Toyota Camry, the sales were significantly increased in the year following its release. The quarterly sales totally 46,630 units sold for the second quarter of the U.S. '07 model year for the Toyota Camry.
For 2007 the four trim levels of the Toyota Camry offered were the base CE, the LE, the sporty SE and the ultra-luxurious XLE. The 2.4-liter four-cylinder remained basically unchanged while producing 158 hp and 161 lb-ft of torque. The optional 3.5-liter V6 engine featured 28 mpg on the highway and produced an amazing 268 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque. Transmission choices for the four-cylinder offered a five-speed automatic or a five-speed manual for transmission choices, while the V6 engine featured its power with a six-speed automatic.
This was the first generation in which the Camry has been offered as a gasoline/electric hybrid. The Hybrid used Toyota's second generation Hybrid Synergy Drive and also contained a 4-cylinder engine in conjunction with a 40 HP electric motor. Originally built solely in Japan, Camry Hybrids were shifted to Toyota's Georgetown, Kentucky plant almost completed. This plant is estimated to produce nearly 45,000 units per year.
The 2007 Toyota Camry and the Camry Hybrid both received a five-star safety rating for frontal crashes for both driver and passenger by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. For rollovers, the Camry also received a four-star safety rating, though the Hybrid was not. The seventh generation Camry received a four-star safety rating due to Australasian New Car Assessment Program testing.
The base model deleted its CE designation for 2008, and no changes so far have been made for the 2009 model.By Jessica Donaldson