Toyota Camry Canada
The Toyota Camry is a mid-size sedan manufactured by Toyota since 1980; the Camry name is the phonetic sound for crown in Japanese, following other crown theme Toyota models like the Toyota Crown in 1955, Toyota Corona in 1957 and even the Toyota Corolla which is "small crown" in Latin.
In Canada the Toyota Camry has been one of the best selling cars in the last decade, with comfort interior and sporty handling and suspension.
The Camry was designed as a 4-door version of the sporty Toyota Celica, it debuted as Celica Camry in Japan as a second generation Toyota Carina with a similar design of the Celica XX also known as Toyota Celica Supra. In 1982 the Toyota Camry was launched as an independent model as a Toyota Camry sedan and Camry 5-door hatchback, placed between Toyota Carina and Corona.
Toyota Camry 1982-1986
In Canada the Camry was available with a 1.8L engine, 2.0L, 91HP engine and a 2.0L turbo charged diesel engine. While the Toyota Celica has rear-wheel drive, the Camry is based on a new front-wheel drive platform, available with manual 5-speed transmission or 4-speed automatic. The Toyota Camry was available in two trims in Canada with Camry DX and Camry LE. The Camry LE included additional features such as a tachometer, upgraded sound system and power mirrors. In 1985 the Camry received a minor redesign with updated tail lights, headlights, larger front seats and glove box.
Toyota Camry 1986-1990
The second generation Toyota Camry in Canada was available as 4-door sedan or station wagon, while the Camry hatchback was discontinued. In Japan it was also marketed as Toyota Vista and shared a similar design and platform with the Lexus ES which was sold in Canada from 1989-1991. The newer Camry had an optional All-Trac all-wheel drive system, accompanied with a 2.4L, 158HP, V6 engine. The Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Kentucky started assembling the Toyota Camry for Canada and the United States in 1988, which included optional anti-lock brakes. The base model was available with a 1.8L, 86HP 24-valve engine, in 1989 the 1.8L engine was replaced by a 2.0L engine.
Toyota Camry 1991-1996
The Toyota Camry XV10 was the third generation Camry manufactured by Toyota for Canada and the rest of North America, assembled in Kentucky. The new Camry was larger and wider than the previous generation. The 1992 and 1993 Camry was featured on Car and Driver magazine's Ten Best list. In 1992 Toyota debuted two new Camry trims, the fully loaded luxury Camry XLE and a sporty SE trim. The Camry SE features a V6 engine, rear spoiler, alloy wheels and shares the sporty suspension with the Lexus ES300. In 1993 a Camry coupe was unveiled as a 1994 Camry coupe, following the same design as the 4-door sedan, due to low sales it was dropped in 1996, but was later replaced by the Toyota Camry Solara in 1999.
Toyota Camry 1996-2001
The fourth generation Camry was available with either a 2.2L engine or the 3.0L V6 engine, except the Camry Solara SLE which was only available with the V6 engine. The base model trim was replaced with the Camry CE in 1997, while the Camry LE and XLE luxury trim remained the same. The Toyota Racing Development department (TRD) offered a supercharger kit for the 1997-2001 Camry boosting the V6 engine to 247HP and and 242 lb·ft torque. The Camry V6 was featured again in the Ten Best List by Car and Driver Magazine.
Toyota Camry 2001-2006
In 2001 Toyota launched a new design and larger 2002 Camry; following the success of the Toyota Corolla and Solara, the station wagon was dropped for the first time, making way for the Toyota Highlander SUV and Sienna minivan that share the same Camry platform. The Camry CE was again replaced by the SE trim, both the Camry SE and LE were available with a 5-speed manual transmission, with a 2.4L engine, the 2003 Camry V6 engine was revamped using VVT-i technology and in 2004 the 3.0L engine was replaced with a V6 3,3L. In 2005 the Camry received a face lift with a lightly redesigned interior and including more safety features like a passenger airbag and ABS brakes as standard on all trims.
The Camry Solara coupe continued with the same design until 2003, with only a few upgrades including the bigger 2.4L engine. The 2004 Solara was complete redesigned with key design similarities from the Lexus SC 430, it was now available as the Solara coupe or Solara convertible, with five speed manual transmission, while the V6 came with a five-speed automatic transmission with MMT sequential automatic, Multi-Mode Transmission.
Toyota Camry 2006-present
The sixth generation of the Toyota Camry was unveiled at the 2006 North American International Auto Show in Detroit along with the Camry hybrid which arrived at dealers in Canada in mid 2006 as the 2007 Camry hybrid. The all new Camry comes with two optional four or six-cylinder engines, a 2.4L, VVT-i engine with 158HP which is also used in the Toyota Matrix, RAV4 and Toyota Corolla. The V6 3.5L VVT-i engine with 270HP which is shared with the Toyota RAV4, Highlander, Toyota Sienna and 2007-2009 Lexus RX 350.
In Canada the 2013 Camry is available in three trims with various features, the Camry LE, SE and fully loaded Camry XLE, plus the 2011 Camry hybrid. All three trims are available with the four-cylinder 2.4L engine or optional V6 engine. While the LE and XLE trim are equipped with front and rear Macpherson gas struts suspension and stabilizer bar, while the Camry SE have a front and rear sporty tuned Macpherson suspension with stabilizer bar. They all share Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), with front and back ventilated disc brakes with anti-lock ABS system, Brake Assist and Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD). The 2011 Camry in Canada is available with 6-speed automatic electronically controlled transmission (Super ECT), overdrive and Sequential Shift Mode (SSM).
Toyota Camry hybrid
Following the popularity of the Toyota Prius launched by Toyota in Canada in 2001, Toyota needed another hybrid, a larger and more mainstream hybrid, in 2006 Toyota debuted the Toyota Camry hybrid at the North American International Auto Show. This hybrid is powered by a gasoline/electric hybrid engine, assembled at the Toyota manufacturing plant in Kentucky. The Camry hybrid drive terrain uses what is commonly known as Hybrid Synergy Drive which also used by the Toyota Highlander hybrid, Prius, Toyota Auris and the Lexus HS 250h (hybrid). Hybrid Synergy Drive (HSD) is an upgraded technology from the Toyota Hybrid System used in the first 2001 Toyota Prius. The Camry hybrid has unique features and technology allowing the driver to choose between all-electric mode, gasoline-only mode or hybrid. The dashboard displays power distribution, the hybrid operating system and fuel economy monitor.