Facelift for Camry
Toyota is gearing up for hybrid production, writes PAUL GOVER
THE most important Toyota since the company’s Altona factory opened is on its final countdown to produc- tion.
Work is nearly finished on extra assembly stations at Altona for Australia’s first hybrid, a petrol-electric Camry, which enters production next year.
Toyota also has a minor tweak for the Camry and Aurion in the third quarter of this year.
It’s mostly about improved efficiency and value, but there will be changes to the front and rear bodywork.
Toyota Thailand gave a hint about the new direction when it unveiled its version of the Camry hybrid last week, though the headlight and tail-lamp treatments are sharper and more edgy than the Australian car.
The local Camry will get new headlamps, most probably projector beams, and will have a new type of tail-lamp cluster produced at Hella Australia in Mentone.
The facelift design work has been done at Toyota Style Australia under the direction of PaulBeranger and should be more acceptable to Australian tastes.
But Toyota Australia refuses to make any comment on the updates, or the exact timing of the hybrid Camry.
‘‘Yes, there will be an update to the Camry and Aurion this year, but you will have to wait to see what we have,’’ Toyota spokesman Mike Breen says.
Shape of things to come: the Thai-built 2010 Toyota Camry hybrid indicates the design direction.