Toyota has confirmed that it will not restart production of the Camry Solara convertible, which it actually stopped building in December 2008.
Toyota last summer nixed output of the Camry Solara coupe due to record-high fuel prices. At that time, Toyota said that the convertible Solara will remain in production for at least two years since Toyota didn’t have another convertible in its lineup.
“It was a car that our customers demanded; they wanted it,” Steve St. Angelo, Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America Inc. senior vice president, said last summer .
However, when the U.S. automotive market started its historic downturn in December 2008, Toyota decided to stop building the convertible and had been considering restarting production.
“Certainly, since December, looking at the state of the industry, there is no indication there would be strong enough demand to warrant (that action),” Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc. spokesman Mike Michels told WardsAuto.
Michels says that the Toyota Venza crossover has been filling the void left by the Solara at Toyota’s Georgetown, KY, facility.
– By: The Daily Auto Editor