Car reviews - Toyota - Camry - Altise V6 sedan
24 Oct 2002
By BRUCE NEWTON
NEW is a relative term for the Camry's look, which was actually launched in the USA 12 months ago. The Camry is a Toyota world car, which means it looks the same wherever you go - Australia, the USA, Japan or Europe.
That internationalism also dictates its reasonably conservative styling, which is at its most pronounced in the base model Altise. Plastic wheel covers, black rather than body colour wing mirrors and few chrome touches give you the message.
The body is also physically bigger than its predecessor, measuring 35mm longer, 10mm wider and a big 70mm higher. The car has a 0.29 aerodynamic Cd, down from the old car's 0.30.
Stylist Hiroyuki Metsugi said he tried to capture something of a European feeling when designing the car.
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Did you know?GM product guru Bob Lutz paid Camry a back-handed compliment at a recent motor show: "It's almost grotesque in its proportions and yet the thing looks great because the precision of the execution is so high." No doubt everyone at Toyota was pleased to hear that!
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