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April 12, 2006

Toyota Camry Hybrid to Reach Dealer Showrooms in May


Photo of the Toyota Camry Hybrid.

The Toyota Camry Hybrid is 40 percent more fuel efficient than the standard
four-cylinder Camry.
Credit: Toyota

Toyota Motor Sales announced on March 27th that the 2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid will be available in May with a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $25,900. That's a premium of about $6,450 over the cost of the four-cylinder 2007 Toyota Camry LE, but the hybrid version has more kick with 187 horsepower, compared to 158 horsepower in the four-cylinder Camry. The Camry's Hybrid Synergy Drive System combines a 40 horsepower motor with a four-cylinder, Atkinson-cycle engine that delivers 147 horsepower to the vehicle's continuously variable transmission. The Camry Hybrid is expected to achieve 40 miles per gallon (mpg) in the city and 38 mpg on the highway, for a combined fuel economy of 39 mpg, a 40 percent improvement over the standard four-cylinder Camry. Toyota expects the Camry Hybrid to be certified as an Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV), the California Air Resource Board's most stringent emissions classification for fuel-burning vehicles. See the Toyota press release.

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