The XV40 series Camry is the first Camry Hybrid in which the Camry has been available as a gasoline/electric hybrid. The XV40 Camry was introduced at the 2006 North American International Auto Show alongside a Camry Hybrid version and went on sale in March 2006 for the 2007 model year. The Camry Hybrid utilizes Toyota’s second generation Hybrid Synergy Drive (HSD) and a 2AZ-FXE four-cylinder with 110 kilowatts (150 hp) in conjunction with a 30 kilowatts (40 hp) electric motor for a combined output of 140 kilowatts (190 hp). The Camry Hybrid drive train also promises economy improvements of about 30 per cent. Early figures suggest regular driving can yield the Camry Hybrid mileage somewhere around 6.5 litres per 100km (up on the claimed average of 6.0L/100km), although if you drive more carefully you can drop that Camry Hybrid gas mileage figure below 6.0L/100km.
For drivers of the Camry Hybrid, dubbed one of the most conservative on the road (it’s been likened to white goods on wheels), they won’t feel like they’ve been swamped by the trickery beneath the bonnet of the first hybrid car to be produced in Australia. One of the Camry Hybrid problems is the smaller boot, which has space eaten up by 57kg of batteries near the backs of the rear seats. Despite an injection of technology in the form of two electric motors and 57kg of batteries in the boot the Camry Hybrid isn’t out to shock. Instead it adds to an already competent, if not exhilarating package. Key to the above average acceleration of this Camry Hybrid is its good mid-range response, which arrives when it’s needed on only moderate inputs without much squeezing of the accelerator. There’s no tachometer, so you can’t tell how fast the Camry Hybrid engine is spinning; instead there’s a gauge giving an estimate of the instantaneous fuel use. The blue rings around the gauges which change in intensity depending on fuel use are more gimmicky than useful, but they at least team with the unique instrument cluster to make the Camry Hybrid feel a bit more special than the bread and butter models.
The Camry Hybrid 2011 received significant improvements, including a revised version of the Hybrid Synergy Drive, paired with an Atkinson cycle version of the standard 2.5 2AR-FXE liter 4-cylinder that delivers net system power of 149 kW (200 bhp), up from 139 kW (187 bhp) in the previous model, and allows the Camry Hybrid 2011 to achieve a 39% increase in fuel economy rating, with an expected EPA rating of 43 mpg-US (5.5 L/100 km; 52 mpg-imp) highway, 39 mpg-US (6.0 L/100 km; 47 mpg-imp) city and 41 mpg-US (5.7 L/100 km; 49 mpg-imp) combined. This gives the Camry Hybrid 2011 best-in-class MPG ratings of any mid-size sedan, except for Toyota’s own Prius, and beats the Honda Hybrid.
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