Toyota unveils locally made Camry hybrid

Written by fe Bureau | Chennai | Updated: Aug 29 2013, 11:14am hrs
Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) on Wednesday launched Indias first-ever locally manufactured hybrid the Camry without much fanfare. The vehicle is being manufactured on a separate assembly line at TKMs second plant in Bidadi, near Bangalore. Globally, India is the ninth country to manufacture Toyotas hybrid vehicles. TKM currently imports the Prius hybrid as completely built units (CBU).

TKM, which has been selling the petrol version of the Camry in India since 2002, started manufacturing it locally last year (2012). Like its petrol counterpart, the new Camry hybrid is based on the seventh-generation of the car. The vehicle is priced at R29.75 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

The vehicle gives a mileage of 19.16 kmpl, the company said. It produces just 122.8 gm of CO2 emissions per km of driving, far lower than conventional vehicles of similar engine size, TKM said.

The Camry hybrid combines a newly developed hybrid exclusive 2.5L petrol engine with an electric motor. The vehicle runs on Hybrid Synergy Drive, which intelligently senses when to switch between the two power sources, petrol engine and electric motor.