Toyota Camry XV50 Malaysia Archive

  • SPYSHOT: Toyota Camry Hybrid spotted on the road

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    Reader Erh Pin has sent us a picture of the Toyota Camry Hybrid on the open road, the same unit that was spotted at JPJ Putrajaya last month. It looks like the car is being tested for type approval, which possibly means that it will make its local market introduction pretty soon.

    The Camry Hybrid is expected to be locally assembled to take advantage of the duty exemptions for hybrid cars provided by the 2014 National Automotive Policy (NAP), which is set to last until end-2015. Pricing was last rumoured to be slightly higher than the RM181k range-topping Camry 2.5V.

    This particular unit is wearing a bodykit – possibly the same one shown at the Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show (KLIMS) last year – on top of the standard Hybrid-specific aerodynamic addenda, which includes “aero corners” on the front and rear corners and vortex generators on the door mirror mounts.

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    The hybrid powertrain is derived from the Lexus ES 300h and features a 2.5 litre 2AR-FXE VVT-i Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine that develops 160 PS and 213 Nm, mated to a 143 PS/270 Nm electric motor and an eCVT system that sends power to the front wheels. Total power output is 205 PS, enabling a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 8.6 seconds (1.1 seconds faster than the 2.5V), while fuel consumption is 19.6 km per litre.

    We will share launch dates and details of the Malaysian-market Camry Hybrid as soon as it becomes available. In the meantime, what do you think of a 205 PS hybrid D-segment Toyota sedan that’s priced somewhere between RM180k-RM200k region? Share us your thoughts in the comments section.

     
     
  • VIDEO: Toyota Camry 2.0 G X – two funnymen face-off

    The recently-introduced Toyota Camry 2.0 G X is the set piece in this one, in which Patrick Teoh and Kuahjenhan engage in a humourous face-off over the car.

    All the car’s novelties are highlighted by the two funnymen in the clip, as is its performance, which has agar-agar thrown in for good measure.

    The RM159k Camry ‘X’ (which stands for ‘Exquisite Luxury’, apparently) is based on the 2.0 G variant, and features embellishments such as smoked head/tail lamps, dark silver 17-inch alloys, dark brown leather upholstery and wood trim as well as ‘Camry X’-branded front carpet mats.

    It also has an optional seven-inch DVD-AVN touchscreen system with navigation fitted as standard. Also on are a powered rear blind and manual rear side window blinds, items that have previously been exclusive to the Camry 2.5 V. Which all makes the Camry 2.0 G X really “atas” and look very hip-hop…

     
     
  • Toyota Camry 2.0 G X – full details and more pics

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    UMW Toyota has released full details and pictures of the new Camry variant, the Toyota Camry 2.0 G X. ‘X’ stands for ‘Exquisite Luxury’, apparently. White Pearl CS, Attitude Black, Silver Metallic and Medium Silver Metallic are the available body colours – same as on the other three variants.

    Head and tail lamps get a smoked look, and there are dark silver 215/55 R17 alloys from the more expensive Camry 2.5 V. On the boot lid, an ‘X’ badge marks the spot.

    Inside, you’ll find exclusive dark brown leather upholstery (locally sourced and supplied, no less), dark wood trim, ‘Camry X’-branded front carpet mats, a powered rear blind and manual rear side window blinds. The last two were previously exclusive to the Camry 2.5 V.

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    A seven-inch DVD-AVN touch-screen system (a RM2,990 option on other 2.0 litre variants and RM1,800 on the 2.5 V) is standard here. It offers Bluetooth, navigation, reverse camera display with guide lines, DVD, USB, SD and Smartphone Link that works with selected mobile phone models.

    Mechanically, the 2.0 G X shares the same 2.0 litre four-cylinder engine and four-speed auto as the 2.0 G. Also similar to the 2.0 G is the safety equipment – two airbags, VSC and TRC (base 2.0 E loses out on the last two safety features).

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    The five-piece aerokit pictured here remains a RM2,700 option, along with Toyota Premium Security and Solar Film, which costs another RM1,900.

    The Toyota Camry 2.0 G X is open for booking, and is listed at RM159,900, on the road with insurance – just shy of a RM1,000 premium over the 2.0 G, but much cheaper than the 2.5 V. Included is a three-year/100,000 km warranty.

    Read our review of the Toyota Camry 2.5 V here, and check out Episode 5 of our Driven Web Series, where we pit the Camry against the Honda Accord and Mazda 6 in our company car shootout.

     
     
  • Toyota Camry 2.0 G X – brochure revealed

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    Reader Wei Yang has very kindly shared with us the brochure for the new Camry variant that was announced only last week – the RM160k Toyota Camry 2.0 G X.

    It pretty much confirms the list of kit added to the 2.0 G variant, which includes smoked lamps, dark brown leather upholstery, a seven-inch DVD-AVN touch-screen (DVD, Bluetooth, Smartphone Link, navigation, reverse camera with guide lines), rear blinds and dark silver 215/55 R17 alloys.

    Read our review of the Toyota Camry 2.5 V here, and check out Episode 5 of our Driven Web Series, where we pit the Camry against the Honda Accord and Mazda 6 in our company car shootout.

     
     
  • Toyota Camry 2.0G X – images of new variant released

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    UMW Toyota has released more images of the new Toyota Camry 2.0G X variant, which was revealed on its website earlier this week. The Camry 2.0G X, or the Camry X in short, is a new, more upmarket variant of Toyota’s 2.0 litre D-segment sedan, priced at RM159,900 (about RM1,000 more than the standard Camry 2.0G).

    These new pictures show the model-specific dark bezel (i.e., smoked) front and tail lamps, dark silver 17-inch wheels (same design as the Camry 2.5V’s), dark brown leather upholstery and interior wood trim. Standard HID (xenon) headlights, plus powered rear blind and manual rear side window shades bring it closer to the range-topping 2.5V.

    The Aerokit pictured here remains a RM2,700 option, along with Toyota Premium Security and Solar Film, which adds on another RM1,900. What is included in the package, however, is UMW’s DVD-AVN touchscreen system (with GPS, Bluetooth and reverse camera functions) that is a RM2,990 upgrade on other 2.0 litre models (RM1,800 on the 2.5V).

    Mechanically, the Camry X shares the same 148 PS/190 Nm 2.0 litre engine and four-speed automatic gearbox as the 2.0G and 2.0E. Also similar to the mid-spec 2.0G is the safety equipment – so still just two airbags, as well as VSC and TRC (base 2.0E loses out on the last two safety features).

     
     
  • Toyota Camry 2.0 G X – open for booking, RM160k

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    Toyota Malaysia has very sneakily published first details of a new Camry variant, the Toyota Camry 2.0 G X, on its website. The new trim level is an attempt to add more value to the 2.0 G variant.

    Not many details are known at the moment – we only have this interior picture to go on so far – but the main differences on the exterior are 17-inch dark silver alloy wheels (shod with 215/55 tyres, just like the 2.5 variant) as well as dark bezel HID projector headlights and LED tail lights for the “smoked” look.

    Inside though is where most of the changes lie. The upholstery is now dark brown leather and there is what looks like a unique wood trim design. Also new is a 2-DIN head unit with a seven-inch touchscreen, DVD player, Bluetooth, Smartphone Link, navigation and a reverse camera with guide lines. In addition, the 2.0 G X variant gets the powered rear blind and manual rear side window blinds from the 2.5.

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    Mechanically, the 2.0 G X shares the same 2.0 litre four-cylinder engine and four-speed automatic gearbox as the 2.0 G. Also similar to the 2.0 G is the safety equipment – so still just two airbags, as well as VSC and TRC.

    The price of the 2.0 G X as stated on the price list is RM159,900, on the road with insurance. That is just shy of a RM1,000 premium over the 2.0 G, but much cheaper than the 2.5 V.

    Read our review of the Toyota Camry 2.5 V here, and check out Episode 5 of our Driven Web Series, where we pit the Camry against the Honda Accord and Mazda 6 in our company car shootout.

     
     
  • Lexus ES – space comparison vs S-Class (and Camry)

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    The way it is right now, moving up from the RM150k to RM200k range of sedans will take you into the realm of the entry-level BMW 3-Series, Audi A4 or Merc C-Class, with underdogs like the Volvo S60 coming in at that price range as well. These are cars that are all significantly smaller than the Camry/Accord segment, so while you are paying more, you end up with a smaller car.

    To enjoy similar levels of interior length as what you are used to with a D-segment car, you’d have to move up to a car that’s significantly more expensive. When you talk about legroom, not even a 5-Series or an E-Class can beat a Camry or Accord – you’ll have to look at short-wheelbase S-Class or 7-Series territory, and those cars are priced from RM650k onwards, a massive jump from the RM150k to RM200k that people usually spend on a D-segment car.

    This is probably why you see a lot of Camrys or Accords parked in huge multi-million ringgit bungalows – these owners do not want to spend that much money on a car, but there’s really nothing in the mid-segment that can offer a larger interior. It’s also probably why vans like the Alphard and Vellfire are so popular these days – for between RM250k to RM300k you can get a recond unit and get a big upgrade in interior space.

    But let’s face it – as posh as they’re portrayed to be, Alphards are still essentially vans. The single-box interior usually means drab interior design and lots of sound intrusion from the rear-wheel wells. The tall roof also means driving dynamics are going to be far from what you’re used to in a sedan.


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    The Lexus ES is based on the Toyota Avalon, a class of car larger than the likes of the Camry and Accord. Other cars in its class include the Ford Taurus, which is a size larger than the Mondeo. With the promise of an increase in interior space over a normal D-segment sedan, the Lexus ES is an interesting proposition, and one that we wonder why no one else has followed just yet. Perhaps Ford will make a right-hand-drive Taurus with the next generation? Doesn’t seem impossible, since the Mustang is a global car now.

    Because of its large interior, I set out to find out if an ES could be a credible alternative to spending significantly more money on a car in the S-Class segment. The evaluation is based on my physique – I am about 182 cm tall. The benchmark car in this case is a W221 Mercedes-Benz S300L facelift.

    The focus is thus on space and comfort, since you couldn’t expect an ES to match the gizmos that could be found in an S-Class. We also had normal D-segment cars such as the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry as a comparison.

    In terms of legroom, the already generous ES cannot match the S300L, but it does have better leg space than the short-wheelbase Merc. You’ll immediately miss the adjustable rear seat controls in the S-Class. It’s no huge loss though, as the standard seat incline is already comfortable. However, sitting in the typical boss’ position behind the passenger seat, I found that the leg angle isn’t as comfortable as the S-Class or even some D-segment cars with outstanding rear comfort, like the Accord.

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    The space under the front passenger seat also seems to be a little restricted – you can’t tuck your feet under it as comfortably as the other benchmark cars, and the left side of the floor seems a little higher than the right side, making it an odd sensation. The end result is you have to keep your leg closer to a 90 degree angle than stretch it out comfortably.

    In terms of rear bench width, the ES is much narrower than an S-Class and even somehow even feels slightly narrower than an Accord. Putting the armrest down in the ES resulted in the armrest touching my thighs while there was a lot of space to be found with the S300L’s armrest down. I noticed that the rear door panels seem to protrude a bit more into the cabin compared to the front door panels, resulting in a slightly narrower rear cabin compared to the front area.

    Headroom is limited as well – sitting straight in the rear bench in an ES resulted in my hair scrubbing against the headliner; all you need is for the driver to go over a speed bump faster than usual and your head will hit the roof. The roofline also slopes towards the C-pillar, resulting in the possibility of further ‘encounters’ with your head as you get into the car. In the S300L, sitting up as straight as I could, I still had about seven fingers worth of space above my head.


    Camry (left) and ES.

    Other things I noticed was a lack of storage space in the rear door pockets. And the front door pockets had no lining in them, so they looked pretty cheap and felt even cheaper when items such as a Smart TAG was placed in them.

    So yes, on paper the Lexus ES looks like a fantastic budget chauffeur car, perhaps even having the potential to write off cars like the S-Class as somewhat redundant and as a result, even more of a luxury than before, but a side by side comparison in reality will show you the differences. There’s really more to interior space and comfort than just legroom and wheelbase.

    Still, it’s not a bad proposition if you’re not tall like me, and it’s a lot of metal for your money, significantly more than anything else you can buy in the RM250k to RM300k range. But for me, I’d rather be in the driver’s seat of the ES than in the back.

    Read our review of the Lexus ES 250 and ES 300h here.


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  • Driven Web Series Episode 5: Company car dilemma – Toyota Camry 2.5 vs Honda Accord 2.4 vs Mazda6 2.5

    Right from the start of Driven Web Series, you viewers have requested for us to settle the D-segment dilemma. Your wish is our command, as we present to you this week’s shootout – Toyota Camry 2.5V vs Honda Accord 2.4 VTi-L vs Mazda6 2.5. So which is the King of company cars?

    The Camry enters the ring with not much to fight with, but plenty to fight for. On its side is its long-standing clout of being the default go-to vehicle for most middle management folks. But as we’ve proved in Driven Web Series, being the best seller doesn’t always mean it’s the best. Sometimes yes, but mostly no.

    That’s where the rejuvenated Honda Accord and refreshed Mazda6 come in. Each has a host of new tech to take the fight to the old-fashioned but extremely successful Toyota. It’s a classic clash of young upstarts against the old hand. Battle royales don’t get any bigger than this.

    Or perhaps it does, as we have lined up a special surprise entry from the land of the South. South Korea, that is. Watch the video above to find out which K-pop superstar it is that we have deemed worthy to take on the established Japanese trio. Can it fight its way to the top?

    Time flies when you’re having fun, doesn’t it? With the fifth episode now out, we’ve come to the end of our series. Don’t worry though, Driven Web Series will be back. Enjoy the full series here, and thank you for watching. And of course, stay tuned to paultan.org for the latest automotive news and reviews. Till next time!

     
     
  • Toyota Camry Hybrid previewed at KLIMS13

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    Apart from the Toyota Previa, the Toyota Camry Hybrid was also on UMW Toyota Motor’s stand at the ongoing KLIMS13. Dubbed a “Malaysian concept”, the sedan features Modellista wheels and a subtle bodykit. That unique colour is borrowed from Lexus, and so is the perforated leather upholstery.

    The Toyota Camry Hybrid is intended for local assembly, pending government rulings on possible tax breaks for large-capacity CKD hybrids. As it is, the current tax exemptions for hybrids with engines displacing under 2,000 cc is set to expire at year-end – read the latest in our report of yesterday’s press conference with MITI minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.

    However, the upcoming National Automotive Policy (NAP) revision is expected to offer more incentives to locally-assembled Energy Efficient Vehicles, regardless of engine displacement.

    If all goes well, the 2.5 litre-engined CKD Camry Hybrid should therefore benefit from this; still, it’s expected to be priced a little higher than the current range-topping Camry 2.5V, which costs RM181k.

    At the heart of things are a 160 PS/213 Nm 2.5 litre 2AR-FXE single VVT-i Atkinson cycle petrol engine, a 143 PS/270 Nm electric motor and an e-CVT – the same combination can be found in the Lexus ES 300h.

    Total output is 205 PS, allowing a century sprint time of 8.6 seconds (2.5V does it in 9.7). Fuel consumption is rated at an average 19.6 km per litre compared to the petrol’s 13.0.

     
     
  • UMW Toyota confirms local Camry Hybrid CKD plans

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    Mentioned in passing during the Lexus ES launch last week, UMW Toyota has now confirmed its intent to offer the Toyota Camry Hybrid as a locally-assembled CKD model soon. Pending government rulings on possible tax breaks for large-capacity CKD hybrid vehicles, its pricing could be pegged at a small premium over the current range-topping Camry 2.5V.

    At present, hybrid cars with engines displacing under 2,000 cc and electric cars enjoy full exemption on both import and excise duties, but the current set of tax incentives – which were first announced in Budget 2011 and then extended in Budget 2012 – is set to end on Dec 31, 2013.

    The upcoming Budget on October 25 should see the continuance of exemptions for hybrids, but rumours abound that the current application is likely to be revised, with the possibility that import/excise duty exemptions will be granted to locally-assembled hybrids as opposed to that in effect now.

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    That would fit into the scheme of things for the Camry Hybrid if it is to be CKD-ed. Previous iterations of the model never arrived here previously because its engine displacement runs well above the 2.0 litre ceiling covered by the current tariff scheme – it’s powered by a 2.5 litre 2AR-FXE Atkinson cycle unit, the same unit as found in the Lexus ES 300h.

    With a combined output of 205 PS, the Camry Hybrid can get to 100 km/h 8.6 seconds, compared to the standard 2.5V’s 9.7 seconds. Fuel consumption is significantly better too, at an average of 19.6 km per litre over 13.0 km/L for the petrol-only variant. Toyota’s proprietary eCVT replaces the six-speed automatic transmission.

    The petrol/electric Camry was displayed at the 4th International Greentech and Eco Products & Exhibition and Conference Malaysia (IGEM 2013) last weekend, along with the NS4 Plug-in Hybrid Concept. The pair will again be present at Toyota’s KLIMS’13 stand from November 15-24 at the PWTC.

     
     
 

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