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Monday, February 8, 2010

Australian Toyota Hybrid Camry Launched Today

The first ever hybrid car to be built in Australia has been officially launched to the market today.

The family-sized Hybrid Camry uses the same technology found in the Toyota Prius, Hybrid Synergy Drive and delivers a respectable fuel economy figure of just 6.0 litres of regular unleaded petrol to travel 100km.

That figure makes it nearly 32 per cent more fuel efficient than the automatic petrol Camry, which incidentally already held the title for the most fuel-efficient Australian-built car.

Toyota says for someone travelling 20,000km a year in a Hybrid Camry, the savings on fuel alone will be 560 litres or $14 a week ($728/year) based on a pump price of $1.30 a litre. This jumps to $16 a week ($832/year) with fuel costing $1.50 a litre

Powering the Hybrid Camry a combination of a 2.4-litre petrol engine and 105kW electric motor resulting in a total power output of 140kW almost 20 per cent better than a petrol-only Camry.

The Hybrid Camry is built at the company’s Altona plant under the watchful eye of 3,200 employees.

Toyota’s cumulative global hybrid sales now exceed 2.2 million vehicles including 1.6 million Prius and more than 175,000 Hybrid Camry.

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