What is the secret of Toyota in selling cars? How do they consistently sell large numbers of automobiles even in the US, outselling known brands like Ford and Chevrolet? It’s because Toyota sticks to its winning formula: producing efficient and reliable cars. One of its models, the Toyota Camry, has sold millions worldwide. With the release of the 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid, Toyota is well poised to sell big once again.
With make-believe car technologies become reality today like self-inflating tires, voice operated dashboards and satellite uplink on the road, the Camry Hybrid might seem disappointing because at first nothing has changed.. Only when one has sat inside and taken it on the road, are the differences revealed.
In fuel efficiency and engine power, the 2012 Camry Hybrid has improved due to lighter materials introduced, allowing it to reduce overall weight and air drag. Powered by a 2.5L engine and a 105 KW electric motor, the new Camry produces 156 horsepower and 156 lbs of torque. Surprisingly, at that level of power, it has a fuel efficiency rating of 43 mpg city/39 mpg highway. For a midsize sedan, where else do you find that level of fuel efficiency?
The interior has also been greatly improved, with well trimmed seats furnished with cloth and plastic which give a texture. The dashboard features Entune, an in-car system built into the 4-inch touch screen which allows access to all sorts of online applications. There is also like Sirius XM satellite radio, cd/mp3 playability and blue tooth wireless technology.
For safety, the Camry Hybrid has 10 airbags, both for driver and passengers. It has Toyota’s Star System composed of Traction Control, antilock brakes, and Smart Stop technology.
Depending on the model, the 2012 Camry Hybrid sells for $ 25,000-27,000. The price range is almost the same compared to competitors like the Hyundai Sonata and the Ford Fusion. Fuel efficiency and road reliability are the best points of the 2012 Camry Hybrid.