Toyota Shows Off Its New, Improved Camry

95 precent of all Camrys, including new hybrid, will be built in Toyota's Georgetown, Ky. plant, with production commencing in February 2006.

Published: 26-Jan-2006

lass=body>The company behind the best-selling car in the country for eight of the past nine years seems convinced it has pushed all the right buttons for U.S. consumers with the latest version, the 2007 Camry.

Fresh styling, better gas mileage, more safety features and added creature comforts are among the new features Toyota's Gary Convis talked about when the new Camry was unveiled Friday at the company's North American headquarters in Erlanger, Ky.

In terms of nuts and bolts safety and performance, Convis pointed out that the new Camry includes a sensor that warns drivers when the air pressure in the tires is too low or the temperature of the tire material itself is too high - conditions that could lead to tire failure.

In terms of the ambience of the car, every Camry has a plug-in connection for the iPod portable music player, Convis said.

Most Camrys, about 95 percent of them, are made in Georgetown, Ky., at Toyota's largest North American plant.

Three weeks from Monday, Convis, president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky in Georgetown, will oversee production of the first 2007 Camry.

The hybrid is expected to have fuel economy ratings of 43 in the city and 37 on the highway.


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