Toyota launches hybrid Camry

Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) on Wednesday launched its first ever locally manufactured hybrid - The All New Camry Hybrid. The vehicle will be manufactured at a separate assembly line within TKM’s second plant located in Bidadi, near Bangalore, in Karnataka. Globally India is the 9th country to manufacture Toyota hybrid vehicles.

The petrol Camry was first introduced in 2002, in India. In 2012, TKM began locally manufacturing the petrol Camry. Like its petrol counterpart, the New Camry hybrid is based on the 7th generation of the Camry. The Camry hybrid combines a newly developed hybrid 2.5L Beltless petrol engine with an electric motor.

The vehicle runs on Hybrid Synergy Drive, which senses when to switch between the two power sources – petrol engine and electric motor. It controls the engine and motor output for optimum fuel efficiency. The battery supplies electricity to the motor, enhancing the driving power. The engine and motor together gives a total system power output of 205 PS.

In addition to powering the vehicle, the motor is activated as a generator to convert the moving vehicle’s kinetic energy into electricity. The generated electricity charges the battery. This process, usually happens at the time of decelerating and braking and is called regenerative braking. Toyota claimed that this hybrid gives a mileage of 19.16 kmpl and produces 122.8 gm of CO2 emissions per km of driving.

The new product is priced at Rs 29,75,000/- (ex showroom Delhi). Speaking about the introduction in India Hiroshi Nakagawa, MD & CEO, TKM said “The Camry Hybrid is India’s first locally manufactured Hybrid vehicle. Manufacturing the Camry hybrid locally, in India, marks a very important milestone in the history of TKM and the Indian automobile industry."