Toyota to end Camry imports from Japan, will build it in Kentucky

Toyota has announced plans to stop exports of its Japan-built Camry sedan to United States following the launch of the 2012 Toyota Camry. The halt of imported Camry units comes as Toyota races to boost local production to offset exchange rate losses.

“The current U.S. production capacity is sufficient to produce the vehicles we plan to sell,” says Yukihiro Okane, chief engineer for the seventh generation Camry. “North America will be self sufficient,” he said.

Toyota aims to sell 360,000 units of the 2012 Toyota Camry in the United States and the car will now be built at the company’s factory in Georgetown, Ky., as well as Subaru’s factory in Indiana.

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Toyota’s Tsutsumi plant in Japan, will also continue making the car.

Refresher: The 2012 Toyota Camry is available in an entry-level L, mid-level LE, premium XLE and sporty SE trim levels. The XLE and SE are available with four-cylinder or V6 units. All 2012 Carmy models are offered with a 2.5 liter 4-cylinder engine, which makes 178-hp and 170 lb-ft of torque. Estimated EPA fuel-economy comes in at 25/35/28 mpg (city/highway/combined). Available on the XLE and the SE is a 3.5 liter V6 engine making 268-hp and 248 lb-ft of torque. EPA estimated fuel-ecnomy on the V6 2012 Camry comes in at 21/30 mpg (city/highway). The 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid gets a revised Hybrid Synergy Drive powertrain, which includes a 2.5 liter 4-cylinder unit and a small high-torque electric motor. That gives the Camry Hybrid a total of 200-hp and an EPA estimated fuel-economy of 43/39/41 mpg (city/highway/combined). Also new for the 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid is a new EV mode that allows you to drive the car for up to 1.6 miles on the electric-motor below 25 mph. Prices for the 2012 Toyota Camry start at $21,955 and $25,900 for the 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: Automotive News