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29 August 2013

Toyota Camry Hybrid launched

India's first locally manufactured hybrid launches at Rs 29.75 lakh...

Gagan Gupta
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After completing around 11 years in the Indian market, the Toyota Camry gets an all new hybrid edition. And it's manufactured right in our backyard* - in Toyota's second plant located in Bidadi, near Bangalore.

This is in line with Toyota’s global philosophy to encourage the use of hybrid vehicles across the globe, for a greener tomorrow

The Camry hybrid combines a new 2.5-litre 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. The engine and motor together give a total system power output of 202bhp. In addition to powering the vehicle, the motor is activated as a generator to convert the moving vehicle’s kinetic energy into electricity, which in turn charges the battery.

Toyota claims that the Camry Hybrid gives a mileage of 19.16kpl, but more on that after we run some tests on it ourselves. The car comes with an Electronically Controlled Continuous Variable Transmission (E-CVT).

Speaking about the introduction of the new Camry Hybrid in India, Mr. Hiroshi Nakagawa, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, 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. This is in line with Toyota’s global philosophy to encourage the use of hybrid vehicles across the globe, for a greener tomorrow. Manufacturing Camry hybrid locally will be yet another step towards Toyota’s global commitment."

The new Camry Hybrid is priced at Rs 29.75 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), and  is available in grey metallic, white pearl crystal shine, silver metallic and  attitude black. Bookings and deliveries start today. But before you go running to the Toyota showroom, be sure to read our review of the new Camry Hybrid right here, or just tell you what you think about Toyota's new offering or even the future of hybrids in India, in our comments below.

*In a manner of speaking

Tags: hybrid, camry, toyota

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