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2017 New-Generation Toyota Camry Preview Press Kit

  1. NEW TOYOTA CAMRY DUE IN NOVEMBER
  2. NEW CAMRY PLATFORM: ENGAGING DRIVE AND STYLISH DESIGN
  3. NEW POWERTRAINS DELIVER PERFORMANCE AND DRIVING ENJOYMENT
  4. CONFIDENT NEW CAMRY HAS GREATER SHOWROOM APPEAL
  5. NEW-GENERATION CAMRY HISTORY

NEW TOYOTA CAMRY DUE IN NOVEMBER


Toyota Australia will launch an all-new premium Camry in November featuring dynamic design and performance credentials, including new direct-injection hybrid and V6 powertrains.

The eighth-generation Camry is built on a new platform that underpins more evocative styling, sportier handling and agility, improved ride comfort and advanced technologies.

Camry is the first Toyota sedan to adopt TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture), which has transformed the way the company designs, engineers and packages its vehicles.

This lightweight and high-strength structure improves torsional rigidity by 30 per cent, enabling Toyota to apply its engineering and design strengths for a more dynamic character with added emotional appeal in the way Camry looks, feels and drives.

Other "firsts" for Camry include LED headlamps, double-wishbone rear suspension and an electric parking brake as well as available 19-inch alloy wheels, 10-inch colour head-up display, 8-inch touch-screen audio display and 7-inch multi-information display in the instrument cluster.

Toyota's advanced safety suite is standard, including a pre-collision system with autonomous emergency braking, all-speed active cruise control, lane departure alert with steering assist, automatic high beam, a reversing camera and seven airbags. Select variants will also come with blind spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert.

Toyota Australia's executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb said new Camry's creators have produced a more refined, athletic image while injecting a fun driving experience with rapid acceleration, crisp handling and enhanced ride comfort.

"Driving enthusiasts in particular will appreciate the next-generation hybrid Camry that is engineered to provide spirited performance and driving enjoyment along with impressive gains to fuel efficiency," Mr Cramb said.

"At the same time, Camry retains the proven, dependable and safe reputation that has made it Australia's top-selling mid-size car for almost a quarter of a century,"
he said.

Two new powertrains with direct-injection engine technology will be available on the next-generation Camry, in addition to a four-cylinder petrol with revised six-speed automatic transmission.

The latest Toyota Hybrid System provides spirited performance and driving enjoyment as well as significantly improved fuel economy. It features new sequential shift technology that provides access to six ratios via the shift lever or available paddle shifters.

The system combines an all-new 2.5-litre in-line four-cylinder D-4S direct-injection petrol engine with lighter, smaller and more efficient hybrid components. Normal, Eco and Sport driving modes can be engaged even in electric-only (EV) operation.

A new Auto Glide Control system acts like a neutral gear to help improve fuel efficiency while ensuring smooth engine braking when coasting, such as towards a red light.

Hybrid system combined output is 155kW with overall fuel economy expected to be below 4.5 litres/100km1.

The 2018 model-year Camry is also available with a new 3.5-litre V6 engine with
D-4S direct injection, paired with a new eight-speed direct-shift automatic transmission.

With an efficient 11.8:1 compression ratio and able to utilise both the Otto and Atkinson cycles for optimum performance and efficiency, the V6 has expected power and torque figures around 222kW @ 6,600 rpm and 356Nm @ 4,700 rpm.

Further aiding performance is new fully independent double-wishbone rear suspension system that contributes to responsive handling, precise steering control and comfort.

Camry's premium styling features a dynamic silhouette with deeply sculpted character lines, an extended roofline and a longer, wider stance with lower bonnet and roof lines that reflect the car's lower centre of gravity. Interior space has been maintained by lowering the occupants' hip points and therefore seating positions.

There are two different front masks, each featuring a two-piece grille with an upper section that accommodates a commanding Toyota emblem. The sporty version adopts large side intakes and a powerfully expressive gloss black mesh grille.
All models are equipped with LED headlights, DRLs and taillights.

Camry will offer greater distinction between grades including 17, 18 and 19-inch alloy wheels. Sports grades will also be fitted with an aggressive body kit.

A high-quality cabin features a sporty cockpit for the driver and a sense of openness and freedom for passengers. Interior surfaces employ premium soft-touch materials with an advanced mixture of tones and hues to enhance passenger comfort and visual satisfaction.

Re-engineered seats offer improved refinement, ergonomics and comfort with detailed stitching that reflects the high level of craftsmanship throughout the vehicle.

Through TNGA, the Camry now has an ideal driving position for the driver, allowing for better concentration on the road ahead while helping to reduce fatigue.
These changes, along with a lower beltline, redesigned instrument panel and thinner windscreen pillars, improve visibility and therefore safety.

Luggage space is improved with a gain of 30 litres in hybrid variants due to relocating the hybrid battery from the boot to beneath the rear seat, which also aids driving characteristics.

Increased use of high-strength steel and hot stamping materials contribute to weight reduction. New construction techniques have led to the use of thinner body panels for the roof, bonnet and boot lid, front and rear doors and front fenders.

Laser Screw Welding in key areas and special adhesives help to realise increased body rigidity, along with additional rear bracing. Additional sound absorbing and insulating materials result in a quieter cabin.

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Note: All information is based on preliminary data.

1 Preliminary estimate based on test conditions. Actual results may vary depending on driving conditions/style, vehicle condition and options/accessories fitted. Fuel consumption data provided for comparison purposes only. Source: ADR 81/02 combined cycle (litres/100km).


For more information, please contact:

Aleks Krajcer
Product Public Relations Manager
Tel: (02) 9710 3994
Mob: (0433) 385 996
aleks.krajcer@toyota.com.au

Mike Breen
Manager Public Relations
Tel: (02) 9710 3341
Mob: (0418) 447 064
mike.breen@toyota.com.au

Stephen Coughlan
Product Public Relations Manager
Tel: (02) 9710-3059
Mob: (0434) 442 261
stephen.coughlan@toyota.com.au

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NEW CAMRY PLATFORM: ENGAGING DRIVE AND STYLISH DESIGN


A lightweight, highly rigid chassis endows the new-generation Camry with an unprecedented level of driving enjoyment through dynamic and spirited handling.

Camry's new TNGA platform, which has improved torsional rigidity by 30 per cent, is at the foundation of improvements to ride comfort, stability and handling.

Known as the GA-K platform, it delivers a lower centre of gravity which contributes to making Camry more agile with better overall performance during accelerating, braking and cornering.

The TNGA underpinnings have also created a new dimension of design freedom, resulting in a stylish and sporty silhouette that includes an extended wheelbase and a wider stance.

Handling, stability and ride comfort have benefited from a revised MacPherson strut front suspension and a new double-wishbone rear suspension, both of which feature newly developed shock absorbers.

The front suspension tower brace now makes use of a closed cross-section construction, further advancing the vehicle's dynamic prowess and stability when cornering.

New Camry has a sleeker profile with lower roof and bonnet lines that contribute to the car's low centre of gravity.

TNGA allows load to be more evenly distributed with the car's major components, including the passengers, being placed lower in the vehicle. This enabled designers to reduce the car's overall height by about 25mm without sacrificing interior space.

Camry's improved driving position helps reduce fatigue. Along with the lower beltline and re-profiled instrument panel, thinner windscreen pillars and repositioned side mirrors, this also results in greater visibility.

The platform's light weight and rigidity comes from increased use of ultra-high-tensile steel and the application of a new moulding technology.

New construction techniques have led to the use of thinner panels for the roof, bonnet, boot lid, doors and front fenders - contributing to weight reduction.

Laser screw welding (with a greater number of weld points) has been incorporated at key junctures for increased rigidity. A special urethane adhesive has been applied to both the windscreen and rear window where they meet the vehicle body.

The fortified body includes additional gussets for the centre pillars that have greatly increased the frame and joint strength. A new annular frame at the rear enhances structural rigidity, along with additional braces for the rear suspension that can withstand higher levels of lateral force and increase the vehicle's lateral rigidity.

Building on the Camry's reputation as an extremely smooth and quiet car, Toyota engineers incorporated extensive additional sound absorbing and insulation materials.

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NEW POWERTRAINS DELIVER PERFORMANCE AND DRIVING ENJOYMENT


Toyota Camry's new powertrains have been engineered to provide spirited performance and driving enjoyment as well as impressive fuel economy.

Camry is offered with a next-generation Toyota Hybrid System with an all-new 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine or a 24-valve DOHC 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine.

Petrol engines in both powertrains are equipped with an advanced direct-injection system while their transmissions offer sequential shifting to enhance the sporty driving experience.

Standard engine features include a variable cooling system, full variable oil pump and cooled exhaust gas recirculation.


New Toyota Hybrid System

The hybrid powertrain is based on an all-new 2.5-litre direct-injection four-cylinder petrol engine that provides high power output with a smooth and highly refined operation.

Dynamic performance is assured due to optimal control of the engine working in concert with an electric motor (MG2), while exemplary energy efficiency is achieved by using both electric motors (MG1 and MG2) for hybrid battery charging.


Hybrid system combined output is 155kW. The petrol engine alone develops 131kW of power at 5,700 rpm and torque of 221Nm at 5,200 rpm while the electric motor develops 88kW at 4,500rpm and 202Nm at 0-1,500rpm.

In addition to its enhanced handling and driving performance, the hybrid version of the new Camry achieves outstanding fuel efficiency, expected to be better than 4.5 litres/100km1.

The petrol engine's long stroke (103mm) and high compression ratio (14:1, up from 12.5:1) deliver enhanced thermal efficiency and fuel efficiency.

Updated design of the intake port delivers both a high tumble ratio and high intake volume, resulting in a more stable combustion that contributes to improved output and increased fuel efficiency.

It utilises both direct fuel injection and port fuel injection depending on the driving conditions, achieving both higher power output and fuel economy performance.

New multi-hole (six holes) nozzle direct injectors have been adopted to help enhance power output and fuel economy.

The engine uses VVT-iE (Variable Valve Timing intelligent system by Electric motor) on the intake side and VVT-i with a mid-position lock mechanism on the exhaust side.

VVT-iE uses an electric motor instead of oil pressure to control the variable valve timing, allowing it to deliver high fuel efficiency and low emissions even when operating at low rpm or in cold temperatures

Driving enthusiasts will appreciate four driving modes - EV, Normal, Eco and Sport - with the latter enhancing the car's acceleration. The Normal, Eco and Sport modes can each be used while EV mode is activated.

They can also customise their driving experience by using a new sequential shift system that allows for manual-like gear changes with the console-mounted shift lever or, on sporty grades, with paddle shifters.

A new Auto Glide Control (AGC) helps to improve fuel efficiency by calculating an efficient coasting logic while using the Eco drive mode setting. For example, when the driver lifts off the accelerator pedal while approaching a red light, AGC adopts a setting that acts more like a neutral gear.

The system limits the loss of vehicle speed to ensure smooth engine braking and allows the vehicle to coast to the stoplight. An indicator light on the multi-information display will alert the driver that less deceleration torque than normal is being used.

Camry hybrid's driving characteristics and luggage space are improved through TNGA-enabled packaging that allows for the hybrid system's battery to be relocated from the boot to beneath the rear seat, positioning the battery weight at a lower centre of gravity axis and expanding the cargo area by 30 litres.

The redesigned nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH) battery features a newly developed technology known as Hyper-Prime Nickel to boost performance in a smaller and lighter package.

The hybrid system's updated power control unit (PCU) plays a key role in improving the operational efficiency of this powertrain.

Thanks to improvements in the conversion efficiency of the PCU and the transaxle/electric motor, they combine to reduce energy loss by about 20 per cent. Additionally, improvements to cooling system efficiency has reduced energy loss by about 10 per cent.

The PCU is lighter and more compact as a result of integrating microcontrollers and using a new power stack structure, allowing the unit to be packaged directly above the transaxle.

This new design lowers the vehicle's overall centre of mass and allows for a lower bonnet profile.

Camry's hybrid transaxle is more compact, due to a multi-shaft layout where MG1 and MG2 are each located on a different axis rather than sharing a single axis. Using a parallel axis gear instead of the planetary gear used previously reduces losses from the gear train.

Another key change to the PCU is a revised DC-DC converter (converts a source of direct current from one voltage level to another). Its control output has been optimised - including the conversion to AC power - helping to reduce the vehicle's overall power consumption.

The output filter for the DC-DC converter has been redesigned so that it is smaller, lighter and quieter.


Newly developed V6 engine with 8-speed auto

Camry's newly-developed V6 petrol engine delivers formidable low-end and mid-range punch.

It is equipped with direct injection and a specially developed VVT-iW (Variable Valve Timing-intelligent Wide) variable valve timing system.

These highly efficient engine technologies deliver impressive power output of 222kW @ 6,600 rpm and 356Nm @ 4,700 rpm as well as excellent fuel efficiency and environmental performance.

The engine employs the VVT-iW system for the intake, with VVT-i on the exhaust, an efficient 11.8:1 compression ratio and a 94 mm bore and 83 mm stroke.

The VVT-iW system has been engineered to ensure high torque production at all engine speeds, utilising the Atkinson cycle in addition to the Otto cycle to enhance fuel economy without sacrificing performance.

Fuel efficiency is further enhanced by decreasing pumping losses from the delayed closing of the intake valves when high output is not required.

When the driver requires a higher load or wide open throttle, intake timing goes back to normal for maximum power.

A new four-point engine-mounting system reduces noise, vibration and harshness.

The V6 is mated to a newly developed direct-shift eight-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with intelligence (ECT-i).

The system offers three driving modes - Eco, Normal and Sport - and manual-style sequential shifts. Sporty variants are equipped with paddle shifters.

The new transmission provides direct lock-up from gears two through eight to eliminate power loss from the torque converter and to provide rapid shifting.

The eight-speed gear train contributes to fuel economy. Low gear ratio improves acceleration performance while higher ratios deliver lower engine speeds for highway driving, contributing to enhanced quietness and ride comfort.

1 Preliminary estimate based on test conditions. Actual results may vary depending on driving conditions/style, vehicle condition and options/accessories fitted. Fuel consumption data provided for comparison purposes only. Source: ADR 81/02 combined cycle (litres/100km).


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CONFIDENT NEW CAMRY HAS GREATER SHOWROOM APPEAL


Toyota's next-generation Camry exhibits a confident attitude with exterior and interior designs that evoke a more emotional response while maintaining the model's long-lasting appeal.

New Camry's exterior is both refined and athletic while the driver-focused interior adopts premium materials and high-quality craftsmanship.

Designers focused on three primary goals to deliver a more exciting and emotional character: a distinctive, low centre of gravity that results in a firm wide stance; a practical yet emotionally styled cabin profile; and a sporty and upscale image inside and out.

At the front, Camry features a slim upper grille that encompasses a commanding Toyota emblem and the new standard LED headlights, in keeping with Toyota's "keen look" design philosophy. For hybrid variants, the emblem is tinged blue.

There are two distinctive lower grilles for added showroom appeal - one is a single, large opening with horizontal bars while sporty variants adopt large side intakes and a powerfully expressive gloss black mesh grille.

Design team members took full advantage of the TNGA platform's versatility to create an expressive sedan with an energetic silhouette.

Camry's bonnet exhibits sculpted character lines and, thanks to the TNGA platform, has been lowered 40mm to create a more streamlined and aggressive look.

Designers reduced Camry's overall height by approximately 25mm, pursuing a wind-cutting shape and improving aerodynamics while maintaining interior head room.

Striking character lines flow into prominent front and rear fenders that frame grade-dependent 17, 18 and - for the first time on Camry - 19-inch alloy wheels.

Signature sporty variants will feature 19-inch black machine-finished alloy wheels and an aggressive body kit with a unique rear bumper and smoke-tinted rear combination lamps.

At the rear, the C-pillar area in particular reveals fluid lines and complex shapes with corner edges that promote smooth airflow.

A newly designed Camry badge, that features a simple font and bridgeless letters, sits between the new standard LED taillights.

Next-generation Camry's completely redesigned interior is functional and futuristic with an emphasis on personal space and craftsmanship.

A sporty cockpit-style environment presents gauges angled towards the driver while the front passenger is treated to a sense of openness and freedom that results from the innovative dashboard design.

A sweeping yet elegant new character line flows down from the instrument cluster and bisects the centre console.

The design blends ease of use for controls with a modern sculptural look that is pleasing to the eye.

Interior surfaces employ premium soft-touch materials with an advanced mixture of tones and hues to enhance passenger comfort and visual satisfaction.

The reengineered front seats offer improved ergonomics, maximum comfort and a newfound level of ease and engagement.
Rear-seat accommodation is also more refined than ever, providing improved comfort and ergonomics.

Exquisite stitching on the front and rear seats helps demonstrate the high level of craftsmanship found throughout the vehicle.

New Camry features Toyota's latest in-vehicle multimedia system, offering integrated information with minimal distraction.

A multi-information display (4.2 or 7-inch) sits within the instrument cluster. A touch-screen audio display (7-inch or 8-inch) - that can also operate heating/cooling controls, Toyota Link connected mobility and satellite navigation where specified -
is seamless integrated into the centre console with a flush-surface design. A 10-inch colour head-up display is also available on certain models.

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NEW-GENERATION CAMRY HISTORY


THE NAME

Camry: From the Japanese Kan-Muri, meaning 'crown'.

GLOBAL SUCCESS

Sold in more than 100 countries, Camry is the most popular mid-size sedan in the world and is the segment leader in many global markets where it is available. Total sales exceed 18 million units.

AUSTRALIAN SUCCESS

Camry is now in its 24th year as Australia's best-selling mid-size car. Local motorists have bought more than 900,000 units since Camry was launched in 1983.

BACKGROUND

Planning for the Camry began in 1977 when manufacturers globally were turning to smaller front-wheel-drive vehicles to overcome soaring fuel costs and stricter fuel efficiency regulations. The emphasis of the program was on aerodynamics and lightweight materials.

Introduced in Japan in 1982, the Camry was Toyota's first mass-produced vehicle with a transverse engine layout. With a welcome combination of affordability and superior packaging, quality and engineering, it was a pioneer in establishing the mid-size sedan segment. In the following years, the Camry became a sales success everywhere it was sold.


GENERATIONS

First-generation:
Introduced to Australia as an imported liftback in 1983 to replace the Corona, the Camry won several 'best car' awards. The front-wheel-drive layout, without a transmission tunnel, allowed for a spacious interior. Innovations included equal-length driveshaft arms, two-stage air-conditioning and multi-adjustable seats.
That tradition of innovation has continued throughout the life of the Camry.

Second generation:
AMI-Toyota became the first Toyota subsidiary in the world to build the Camry, which made its showroom debut in April 1987. The local version incorporated extensive changes, including locally designed wagon variants. Toyota introduced electronic fuel injection and independent rear suspension on all models. It was the first locally built car with twin-cam multi-valve technology. This was followed in May 1988 by a new 2.5-litre quad-cam 24-valve V6 - the world's first quad-cam V6 engine to feature in a mass production sedan. With independent front and rear suspension, engine speed-sensitive power steering and disc brakes, it brought a new level of sophistication and technology to the local market. A revised Camry appeared in August 1989. An Australian team revised the steering valve and geometry to improve driver feel and response. The changes were later adopted worldwide.

Third generation:
In February 1993, the wide-bodied Camry was launched by Prime Minister Paul Keating, who described the car as "another quantum leap in the history of the Australian automotive industry". Camry was larger in every dimension than the previous model, offering better performance and improved fuel economy. The range also featured a new brand name, Vienta. Engines were now 2.2-litre four-cylinder and 3.0-litre V6s. The same year, Toyota began exporting the Camry to Thailand and, on the local market, Camry took over the mantle of Australia's best-selling medium car - a title it continues to hold. The last Camry to be built at Port Melbourne rolled off the production line in December 1994. Two weeks later, the Camry was being built at Altona. In 1996, Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett was on hand to send off the first Camry shipment to the Middle East.

Fourth generation:
Arriving in 1997, the new-generation Camry was more spacious, quieter, lighter and more powerful, with better ride quality and improved handling. Both Camry engines received power and torque increases with the quad-cam V6 moving to an all-alloy construction. In October 2000, a revised Camry range was launched with improved handling, higher feature levels, improved headlamps and reduced noise, vibration and harshness. The Vienta V6 range was replaced by the Avalon sedan.

Fifth generation:
Launched in 2002, this Camry featured an unprecedented amount of local development. The car's brakes, headlamps, electronics and suspension calibration were all locally developed. It also featured standard dual front airbags, with side airbags available on some models. A new 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine delivered improved performance and economy. The range featured Sportivo variants for the first time. More than half of the Camrys produced were scheduled for export.

Sixth generation:
For the first time, locally built Camry offered a five-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission and, on selected models, side curtain-shield airbags, vehicle stability control and traction control. The underbody and suspension calibration were all new. This generation was powered exclusively by a four-cylinder engine. Camry's performance and driveability were improved, while maintaining its fuel economy.
It also delivered increased structural rigidity, more active and passive safety features, improved comfort, lower interior noise levels and reduced CO2 emissions.
The Hybrid Camry launched in 2010 was the most advanced car ever built in Australia - the first to combine electric power steering, electronic brake control, regenerative (electric) braking and electric air-conditioning.

Seventh generation:
The latest generation was launched in late 2011 (petrol) and early 2012 (hybrid), debuting a contemporary design with improved driving dynamics and a more spacious interior. Petrol Camry combined a new 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission that deliver better performance while substantially cutting fuel bills and emissions. The new hybrid variants delivered greater power and torque with an Atkinson Cycle version of the new 2.5-litre four. Economy and value were also improved, along with the introduction of exclusive exterior and interior designs to differentiate hybrid from petrol-only models. A comprehensive Camry upgrade in 2015 introduced a sweeping redesign from bumper to bumper and the arrival of a dynamic Australian-developed sports version.

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