The Toyota Camry sedan is the latest car in India to come under the recall scanner. Toyota Camry sedans built between March and July 2011 have been recalled for a front suspension defect. This indicates that the Camry covered under the recall is the previous (8th) generation model that used to be imported into India through the completely built unit (CBU) route.
While the recall covers 170,000 Camry sedans globally, only 119 units of the car sold in India will be affected given the car’s low sales here. Toyota has instructed its dealers in India to get in touch with Camry owners whose cars are covered under the recalls. The Camry is Toyota’s best selling car globally but has had very limited success in the Indian car market.
Toyota currently sells the 9th generation version of the Camry sedan in India. The car received a mild makeover earlier this year and the facelifted model is expected to be launched here next year. In India, Toyota sells both the petrol and petrol-electric hybrid variants of the 9th generation Camry sedan.
Both cars are assembled at Toyota’s Bidadi factory, off Bangalore, through the completely knocked down (CKD) kit route, much unlike the previous two generations (7th and 8th) of the car that were sold in India. The Camry is not available with a turbo diesel engine anywhere in the world and the absence of an oil burner under the hood is a major detractor as far as luxury car buyers in India are concerned.
While the petrol powered version of the 9th generation Camry uses a 2.5 liter-4 cylinder motor with 179 Bhp-233 Nm outputs, the petrol hybrid variant uses 2.5 liter petrol engine running on the Atkinson cycle and an electric motor, with a combined output 202 Bhp-270 Nm.
The petrol powered Camry uses a 6 speed automatic gearbox while the hybrid variant makes do with a CVT automatic transmission. The Camry Petrol is priced at 25.84 lakh rupees while the hybrid variant is priced at 30 lakh rupees, ex-showroom Delhi.