The current seventh generation Toyota Camry is now in its fifth year, and as reported by USA Today, perhaps his last.
Toyota’s home office in Japan has much to offer on the case, but to talk to Ward’s car this week, Toyota USA Bob Carter all but confirmed a mid-to late-2011 unveiling of the all-new 2012 Toyota Camry.
“I will tell you (today), the Camry is very near the end of their life, and a reduction in the introduction is a pretty good guess,” Mr. Carter told Ward’s.
Mr. Carter also confirmed that the recent disasters suffered in Japan do not have the new Camry launch schedule is affected.
If the report has a core of truth remains to be seen, but with the current Camry is now long-in-the-teeth, is a new model is unlikely that more than one year away.
In Australia, the Camry remains a best seller in the middle, the 1577 sale in April obscure I45 (405), Mondeo (400), Mazda6 (377) and Passat (373).
Carter adds that even models as the Camry has defined the brand internationally (along with the Corolla and Hilux in Australia) through the 80′s and 90′s, over the years has seen the 2000 Prius is the most famous model.
If the Prius range grows with the Prius and Prius VC, Carter believes that the Prius range, it will be its largest.
In Australia sold 58 Prius cars in April – down from 179 during the same period last year. A drop in Prius sales are expected, with the selection of hybrid offering is not only growing in Toyota and Lexus lineups, but also from competing brands.
Prius also face stiff competition from the Honda Insight hybrid this year, with 221 sales so far in 2011 – selling Prius ’225.
Worldwide, Toyota has sold over three million hybrid cars and sales are faster than ever to grow: it has sold more than a million hybrids in the past 18 months, compared to 10 years for the first million and just over two years for half a million.