History of the Toyota Camry

History of the Toyota Camry
The Toyota Camry model was first introduced as a trim of the Toyota Celica in Japan in 1979. It wasn’t until 1982 that the Camry was released as an independent Toyota Model and sold in the United States.

1st Generation Camry model (1982-1986)

The 1st Generation Camry model was offered in two compact body styles: five-door liftback and a four-door sedan. The Camry was designed to compete with the Honda Accord in size and power. Americans quickly favored the Camry’s comfort, reliability, and reasonable price.

2nd Generation Camry (1987-1991)

With the release of the 2nd Generation Camry, Toyota aimed to put passenger comfort first (an approach which still largely follows with Camry to this day). Camry began production in the U.S. with a sleek, restyled sedan and a station wagon model. The 2nd Generation Camry led to the introduction of the V6 engine and all-wheel drive option, as well.

The 3rd Generation: 1992-1996

Camry became longer, wider, taller, and more powerful. Toyota introduced the driver-oriented SE model and a two-door version of the car, known as Camry Coupe.

4th Generation Camry, from 1997-2001

By the 4th Generation, American’s decided they liked the sedan Camry best. Toyota responded by pulling production of the wagon, coupe, and sporty SE models. The Camry Sedan was made slightly more angular to keep up with trends and power output was increased.

5th Generation Camry (2002-2006)

The 5th Generation Camry became more upscale, aerodynamic, and, of course, larger. The size of the trunk particularly became nearly three cubic feet larger than the previous model’s. The inline four-cylinder was completely revised to make it more powerful. The 2003 Camry got a new 3.3-liter V6 engine and a reintroduced Camry SE trim package.

6th Generation (2007-2011)

The Camry became new and improved in its 6th Generation. Along with its new angular styling, the Camry introduced its most powerful 3.5-liter V6 engine, upgraded to new “techno” teal instrument panels, and began production of a hybrid model.

The 7th Generation of Camry (2012-present)

The 7th Generation Camry set out to improve upon the fuel efficiency and comfort of the Camry. The engines were upgraded for better fuel economy without losing power. Toyota began making more stylish, comfortable seats from more substantial materials. The Camry size is now up to mid-sized sedans pushing full-size. The SE version of the was reintroduced to engage people who like Camry’s quality, reliability, and strong resale value—but want a more responsive ride.

Since its first U.S. introduction in 1982, the Toyota Camry captured the hearts of American drivers. Learn more about the Toyota Camry at Ray Brandt Toyota.


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