The fuel prices are rising everyday and so is the pollution levels. But one automobile manufacturer is doing its best to save the environment, and that is Toyota. The Japanese autogiant will go down in history books fro producing a car like the Camry Hybrid and Prius. These two combined, are the most sold electric-hybrid cars ever. Camry Hybrid alone has sold 7 million units since the global launch 17 years ago.
Toyota launched this conventional looking Hybrid a year back in India, becoming the first locally manufactured hybrid car and now they are celebrating its success. It is also an achievement to launch a relatively unknown technology in India, which Hybrids still are! Toyota says that, out of the total sales of the Camry Sedan in India, 75% accounts for the Camry Hybrid.
Mr. Naomi Ishii, Managing Director, Toyota, commenting on the importance of Hybrid vehicle, said, “Energy crisis and increasing pollution are some of the gravest problems faced by the world today. Toyota aims to lead the future of mobility by addressing these challenges. With innovation and automotive solutions Toyota endeavors to lead the way to the future of mobility and build better cars and communities in Asia, in harmony with the environment. Toyota has yet again achieved an important milestone, with its cumulative global hybrid sales crossing the 7 million mark, in October.”
Apart from the styling and interiors, Toyota Camry Hybrid is known for what is underneath the hood. The sedan is powered by a 2.5 litre petrol engine coupled with an electric motor, capable of producing 157.8 bhp and 213 Nm of torque, while the electric motor produces 141.1 bhp and 270 Nm of torque. Combine them, and you will get 202.2 bhp of max power. The engine is mated with E-CVT (Electronically-Controlled Continuously Variable Transmission).
The engine also features a Hybrid Synergy Drive, intelligently switching the two power sources for the best possible fuel economy, which Toyota claims to be a certified best-in-class 19.16km/l. Camry Hybrid does not require any external charging, as the motors charge the batteries acting as a generator through regenerative braking. The Camry Hybrid also boasts of just 122.8 gm of CO2 emissions per km and lowest in segment NVH levels.
Mr. N Raja, Director and Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, said “We would like to see increasing sales of Hybrid in India, we look forward to one and all joining us in this drive to popularize this technology and its use. We would like to thank our customers for their encouraging response. We have so far sold 541 units of Camry Hybrid, since launch. Currently, 75% of Camry sales are hybrid. The vehicle has been appreciated for its ideal combination of a luxury sedan and hybrid technology. Looking at the response we are encouraged to consider bringing more hybrid vehicles to India.”