In Cars.com's annual American-Made Index of top 10 vehicles, the Toyota Camry mid-sized sedan was named No. 1 for the third consecutive year. Cars.com ranked US-built vehicles according to the percentage of their parts made in the U.S. and the number of vehicles sold to domestic consumers. To be considered for the list, the vehicle has to have at least 75% of its parts made in the U.S.
In a statement, Cars.com's editor-in-chief, Patrick Olsen, said that the Camry is still an “incredibly popular vehicle,” and higher total sales need a higher number of U.S. factory workers and a larger number of U.S. suppliers. All of these factors contributed to the ranking of Toyota.
A majority of the Camrys are built at Toyota's Georgetown, Ky., plant, which has about 6,429 workers. Toyota spokesman Jim Wiseman said that around 25% of Camrys are built at Subaru's plant in Lafayette, Ind. Wiseman revealed that Toyota has a deal with Subaru to assemble the vehicles.
Olsen said that for the first five months in 2011, Toyota sold 125,218 domestically made Camrys in the U.S. He also said that around 80% of the parts in the Camry are made domestically. Wiseman talked about the company’s commitment to use parts made locally. Wiseman highlighted that Toyota’s guiding principles include a commitment to support the communities where it’s based.
The 2010 Toyota Camry was first introduced at the North American International Auto Show in 2009. Even back then, Toyota Camry already had the enviable reputation of being the most sellable passenger car in America for the past seven years. It also held the best-selling record for 11 of the past dozen years. Toyota, however, did not rest on its laurels and kept on improving the Camry and making it more comfortable and better performing.
The 2010 Toyota Camry as well as the Camry Hybrid has been available in the market since March 2009. Both feature several improvements over earlier Camry models, including refinements to the exterior styling, safety, audio systems, convenience and performance.
The 2010 Toyota Camry features an improved standard powertrain that includes a new 2.5 L four-cylinder engine with VVT-I technology (variable valve timing with intelligence). The engine’s output is a good 169 hp. If that is not enough, you can opt for the SE grade, which gives you 179 hp. You can choose between a six-speed manual and an automatic transmission. The automatic version has a sequential shift. And if you really are into powerful cars, you might want to opt for the 3.5 L V6 engine available for the 2010 Toyota Camry that gives you 268 hp.
The changes do not stop under the hood. One of the first things you would notice is the new look for its front bumper and grille. You also have bigger projector lamps and lower intake, as well as redesigned tail lamps. The standard Camry and LE grades have redesigned standard wheel covers, while the XLE grade now has 16-inch alloy wheels with 10 spokes. Further, the SE grade has slightly bigger alloy wheels measuring 17 inches.
Meanwhile, the Toyota Camry Hybrid has the one-of-a-kind hybrid grille, a wider lower intake, and a very distinctive front bumper. It will feature 16-inch alloy wheels, as well as redesigned fog lights.
The Camry Hybrid also features the Japanese carmaker’s Hybrid Synergy Drive. The industry-leading technology complies with the stringent standards of an Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle, making the 2010 Camry Hybrid one of the first and very few cars to have AT-PZEV certification. Driving a Toyota Camry Hybrid means that you are driving a car that emits 70% percent less smog-forming particulates than other new cars.
Toyota Camry: Let the Music Play
You can opt to have the audio system with your new Toyota Camry and LE grades and never get bored on the road. The audio system has Bluetooth and satellite radio, as well as USB ports for auxiliary devices. You can pop in a CD or listen to your MP3s while you drive. And if that is not enough, you can even stream music.
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Other features for the gas models of the Toyota Camry include the Vehicle Stability Control that features traction control, as well as power windows with built-in jam protection for all doors. These are now standard features rather than an add-on option. You could also appreciate the new design of the meter cluster when you wallow in the luxury and comfort of Fraichir. Fraichir is a mix of silk protein and synthetic fiber, making the seats of the Camry soft to touch and uber-comfortable.