The Toyota Camry

Published: 04th August 2010
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The Toyota Camry is a series of mid-size (originally compact) cars manufactured by Toyota since 1980. It is being sold in the majority of automotive markets all over the world.

The Toyota Camry has been the best-selling car for the past eight consecutive years in the United States. With the exception of the sports-oriented versions, most models of the Camry are seen as less sporty than similar vehicles of other brands due to their comfort-tuned suspensions.

The first time the Camry name was used was in 1980 when Toyota launched the Celica Camry (a four-doored Celica) for the Japanes domestic market.

The Camry later became an independent model line in 1982, starting with the V10 series (manufactured until 1986), which was available in four-door sedan and five-door hatchback body versions. The Camry at the time was a compact sedan with a solid construction. In North America, the Camry was available with a 68 kW (91 hp) SAE 2.0 liter 2S-ELC engine, 1.8 liter 1C-TLC or a 55 kW (74 hp) 2.0 liter 2C-TLC turbodiesel engine. And like in Japan, it was available also available in North America as either a four-door sedan or a five-door hatchback.

The V20 model was introduced in 1986. Its introduction saw the demise of the hatchback variety and the emergence of the station wagon. It was, however, still regarded as a compact car.

The Camry V30 was introduced in July 1990 and was sold exclusively to the Japanese market. A Camry XV10, which was a widened version of the V30, was produced instead for the international market.

The V30 was followed by the V40 in 1994 and was manufactured by Toyota up to 1998. Again, like the V30, the V40 was produced and sold exclusively for the Japanes market. Toyota updated the V40 in June 1996 making anti-lock brakes and dual air bags standard equipment. In December of that year, Toyota launched the XV20 (also in Japan) as a sedan and station wagon. It was later launched in the U.S. for the 1997 model year.

The Japanese market Camry and international Camry eventually became in-line with each other after 1998, with the Toyota Vista taking over the V30 and V40 Camry roles.

The 2002 Toyota Camry (XV30) was released as a larger sedan in 2001. This was followed by the Camry XV40 which was introduced at the North American International Auto Show in 2006. It first went on sale in March 2006 for the 2007 model year and it is the version that is currently being produced.

Based on their analysis of 75 published reviews and test drives, U.S. News (Rankings and Reviews) ranks the Camry the tenth out of 22 affordable midsize cars. In 2010, the Camry won the U.S. News Best Midsize Car for the Money Award for the second year in a row.

The Camry offers a spacious, comfortable interior and is tuned for a smooth ride.

If you're in the market for a new (or even a used) Toyota Camry, one of the best places to go is Gullo Toyota, especially if you're in Houston, Texas.

Tony Gullo Sr., president and owner of Gullo Toyota of Conroe (Texas), has been involved in the automotive industry for 40 years already and has been a Toyota dealer for 25 years. The Gullo dealership is a 30,000 square foot Image USA complex on 5.7 acres. The facility contains a service center with 18 bays, a separate Toyota Parts Center and a 1,500-square-foot, state-of-the-art atrium showroom. Gullo Toyota carries between $6 to $7 million in inventory of cars and trucks.

For more information about Gullo Toyota, head on to http://video.gullotoyota.com/.


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