Can it be a little less Lexus ES? Toyota dares at the interface with the upper middle class with an old name a new attempt: The Camry is back. The model name had disappeared in Germany in 2004 in the sinking, although the Camry on the world market in 100 countries trumpeted strong.
After all, rolled since the launch in 1982 in seven generations 19 million copies to customers. The similarities to the more expensive Lexus ES, the sister model of the new Camry, are eye-catching: the identical to the horsepower hybrid, almost congruent Mae and the body concept as a four-tone notchback sedan.
Toyota knows that the criteria that work well in many markets are no guarantee of success in Germany. And why does the Japanese automobile giant dare try anyway? Mario Khler, the fleet customer manager, often mentions the taxi industry in his explanations. No wonder, because since the dawning of the diesel discussion more and more taxi companies in the conurbations are switching their fleet to hybrid vehicles. A success number for Toyota. Khler: "In Berlin meanwhile every fourth taxi is a Toyota Prius."
On top of that. Khler expects that of the Camry from the beginning of August, about 80 percent will be extended to business customers. Not necessarily for larger company fleets but more for independent business people who are rarely on the long haul. This clientele does not have the big thirst for performance, which can not be satisfied by the Camry anyway. He can only play his strength in a driving profile in which dominates the proportion of city driving: there scores the hybrid with low fuel consumption. So it's not surprising that the newcomer will not trigger a mass movement in the highway limousines. And that's why marketing for 2020 in Germany calculates only 1000 Camry.
The design of the Camry does not ride off the stool. If you mask the Toyota emblem and ask for the brand, few candidates would come up with the right answer. Is the Japanese stamped with it as a replaceable all-star car? Not necessarily, because the special design of the hybrid drive bears clearly Toyota's signature: A 2.5-liter petrol engine without turbo works with an electric motor, the result of their cooperation is paid via CVT to the front axle. Since the electric motor does not take on a boost function when accelerating from low speeds, the continuously variable automatic transmission spontaneously actuates the maximum speed when pausing to accelerate, in order to remain there. It sounds the engine rather geqult happy. One reason why the CVT transmission is often jokingly referred to as "heulomatik".
But thanks to the lower weight compared to the Lexus ES, the Camry does not look as seductive as its luxury brother, even though it does not mutate into a driving temperament bolt. Those who are not among the dedicated drivers and do not even try to be dynamic with the Camry, but is rewarded with a respectable low consumption: We reached the gemchlichen gliding on the country roads on the Croatian Adriatic coast around Split a consumption of 4 , 8 l per 100 km. This must make every cost-conscious taxi entrepreneur thoughtful.
Also potential taxi passengers in the rear of the Camry can be thrilled. Because the legroom of Hinterbnkler corresponds more to the business than the economy class. Also, the build quality of the interior materials leaves a good impression, although Toyota is very careful not to reach the higher level of the Lexus. The chassis tends in the comfortable direction and thus also emphasizes that the Camry wants to have rather little to do with athletic movement.
The equipment looks quite complete even in the Business Edition and leaves in the executive version hardly any wishes open. Why the available head-up display, of which we could convince ourselves in the Belgian test car, just not offered in Germany, is one of those secrets with which marketing managers in the auto industry sometimes surprise their customers. Presumably, when creating the price list again for every euro (Business: 39,900 euros, Executive: 42,390 euros) haggled. This meaningful detail in the middle class has long been standard, even a Mazda 3 from a vehicle class lower can optionally come up with it.
But maybe the head-up display in taxi driver circles is rather tatty. Fleet manager Khler hurry to announce that the taxi package with a sharp calculated surcharge on the cent will cost exactly 1773.10 euros. Now it remains to be seen whether the taxi operator wants to differentiate from his employed drivers, who he sends with the Prius, by the larger car and decides not for the Mercedes S-class but for the frugal Camry.
Mario Khler gets his eyes shining when he says that around 60,000 taxis are registered in the Federal Republic of Germany, of which 15,000 are purchased each year. He would have liked to send the specialist journalists in Split with Camrys in the taxi set to send a signal.
Klaus Brieter / mid
Specifications Toyota Camry Executive:
Four-seat sedan of the upper middle class, length / width / height / wheelbase in millimeters: 4.885 / 1.840 / 1.445 / 2.825, curb weight: 1.595-1.660 kg, payload: 440-505 kg, tank capacity: 50 l, luggage capacity: 524 l
Engine: 4-cylinder naturally aspirated gasoline engine, displacement 2,487 cm3, power: 131 kW / 177 hp at 5,700 rpm, max. Torque: 221 Nm at 3,600-5,200 rpm, electric motor with 88 kW / 120 hp and 202 Nm torque, system power: 160 kW / 218 hp, 0-100 km / h: 8,3 s, top speed: 180 km / h, electronically controlled continuously variable transmission, front-wheel drive, average fuel consumption: 4.3-4.4 l / 100km, CO2 emissions: 98-101 g / km (NEDC values), price: 42,390 euros
The article "Toyota Camry Executive: Taxi driver by the sea" was added on April 23, 2013 in the category Driving Report by Klaus Brieter with the keywords Driving Report, Sedan, Hybrid Vehicle, Car, Novelty, Test Report, Press Preview, Test, Report, Short Test, Presentation released.