Hybrid Camry Made in Japan, Stays in Japan

Gas 2.0 joked about Toyota making everything a hybrid last April Fool’s Day, but apparently we weren’t entirely off the mark. On Monday, Toyota announced that all Camry models with gasoline engines only were to be called “Mark X” and that all domestic vehicles bearing the name “Camry” would be hybrids.

The new hybrid will have a sharper body line and a wider back seat, while the combination of a 2.5 liter gasoline engine and the HV system give it twice the fuel efficiency of the previous gasoline model. The new car will be available domestically for between $39,000 and $49,000 USD.

The new hybrids made in Japan will not be on sale in North America, however. Still hurting from the stronger yen, Toyota isn’t the first Japanese company to focus more on the domestic market than the export market. Given that the Camry is one of their strongest sellers, the move is a little surprising. Still, Toyota expect to sell 800,000 of the new cars next year.

Source | Picture: Yomiuri Online.

Charis Michelsen

spent 7 years living in Germany and Japan, studying both languages extensively, doing translation and education with companies like Bosch, Nissan, Fuji Heavy, and others. Charis has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and currently lives in Chicago, Illinois. She also believes that Janeway was the best Star Trek Captain.