Filed under: Motorsports , Sedan , Toyota , Specialty , Racing While Toyota competes with Ford , Chevy and Dodge on this country’s NASCAR tracks, the pace cars leading them around have remained defiantly American – at least at Daytona, anyway. In the 50 years they’ve been running the Daytona 500 , only once has the pace car been an import: the Porsche 914 that paced the race in 1971. Apart from that one exception, it’s been all Detroit – Pontiacs mostly, but also Buicks , Chevrolets, Dodges, Plymouths and Fords. But just as Toyota has rubbed and bumped its way up the field over the past decade plus of competition, it’s now got one of its own up at the front as the official pace car for next year’s race. That’s right. When the 2012 Daytona 500 kicks off the Sprint Cup season come February, it’ll be the new 2012 Toyota Camry setting the pace. And while some may bemoan the use of an “import” for the task, Toyota would argue that nothing could be more American. After all, the Camry has been built in America (first in Georgetown, Kentucky, and now in Lafayette, Indiana) for 25 years now. And for 13 of the past 14 years, it’s been the top selling car in America. So maybe, just maybe, the Toyota Camry has earned the honor.
Filed under: Spy Photos , Sedan , Toyota , Canada Trying to keep a floodgate closed is no easy task. Just ask any automaker releasing embargoed images of a new car coming out. When it’s something as prolific as a new Toyota Camry , it’s bound to get out like water through cracked concrete. And in this case, it’s gotten out of our French Canadian neighbors to the north. While Toyota has been releasing tightly-cropped teaser images of its new bread-and-butter family sedan, showing little more than the head and tail lights, the new annual auto guide has come out in Quebec, complete with full-frame shots of the new Camry for all the poutine-slurping, hockey-watching world to see. We could go on about the edgier styling of this latest rendition of the longstanding best-selling vehicle in America, but we’d just as soon let you see it for yourself. So click on to view the scans of the guidebook in our high-resolution image gallery, courtesy of our astute reader James, whom we thank for the tip. 2012 Toyota Camry leaked in Canadian auto guide originally appeared on Autoblog 5.0 on Thu, 11 Aug 2011 12:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Filed under: Spy Photos , Hybrid , Sedan , Toyota Toyota was busy introducing all flavors of the 2012 Toyota Camry to the media earlier this week, but since all that stuff’s embargoed, there’s not much to tell. Yet. But what isn’t under embargo is this collection of spy photos showing the 2012 Camry Hybrid in its birthday suit while shooting a television commercial. The new Camry’s familiar roofline communicates practicality overall, but the updated sheetmetal has more crisp lines, with new fascias fore and aft. The hybrid’s grille treatment apes that of the facelifted Highlander Hybrid , and yes, those headlights are indeed the ones Akio Toyoda teased a few weeks ago. In a nutshell, it’s still a conservative look, but decidedly less frumpy than before. Now, let’s see what changes Toyota’s made below the surface to bring the Camry in line with the current midsize family-sedan competition. This is the 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 30 Jul 2011 09:22:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Filed under: Spy Photos , Toyota , Rumormill On the heels of last week’s official 2012 Toyota Camry teaser video starring Akio Toyoda comes a new image that appears to show the full vehicle. Judging by how closely the headlamps of the car you see here resemble the ones on the red car that Mr. Toyoda was standing by, this very well may be what the all-new Camry will look like. The best-selling mid-size sedan is expected to make its official debut later this year. Buyers shouldn’t be surprised to find the proven 2.5-liter four-cylinder and 3.5-liter V6 to provide motive force, backed by six-speed automatic transmissions. If the pictures are indeed accurate, the Camry’s looks are going to to evolve slightly and pick up some Lexus -like cues. Dimensions aren’t likely to change much from the current Camry, and the quality of the interior outfitting is going to be a key point of interest. We’ll have the full details later this year. UPDATE: We’ve now received video of what appears to be the 2012 Camry being revealed to a group of Toyota dealers. Follow the jump to see the new Camry make its on-stage debut.
Filed under: Sedan , Videos , Toyota Akio Toyoda teases the 2012 Toyota Camry – Click above to watch video after the jump Toyota is excited to brings its redesigned 2012 Camry into the world. These type of vehicle launches take time though, and for the moment, Toyota can only show off so much of its new mid-size sedan. Akio Toyoda is the president of the company, so he can decide to reveal a little bit if he chooses. He’s taken to YouTube to provide glimpse of the new car, which he describes as the best Camry ever The 2012 Toyota Camry is slated to arrive this fall. You can listen to Toyoda talk it up and catch a partial glimpse of it in the clip posted after the jump . Continue reading 2012 Toyota Camry teased by Akio Toyoda 2012 Toyota Camry teased by Akio Toyoda originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 01 Jul 2011 13:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink