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Tokyo.– Toyota Motor Corp. on Tuesday rolled out its first made-in-China Camry from a new factory that the Japanese automaker hopes will help it to catch up with rivals in the world's fastest-growing car market.
Hundreds of Japanese and Chinese dignitaries were on hand for an elaborate ceremony as the Camry, the best-selling car in the United States and a top import in China, rolled off a line at Toyota's 3.8 billion yuan ($475 million) plant in Nansha, north of Hong Kong.
The company says the ****-and-span facility brings its most advanced technology to China — a step sought by Chinese leaders as they try to build up a world-class auto industry.
"There is no question but that the Chinese market will overtake the Japanese market," said Yoshimi Inaba, Toyota's former chief for America, who was appointed last year to head the company's push into China.
Toyota joins a rush by the world's automakers for a share of China's auto market, which saw sales jump by 30 percent last year to 5.7 million vehicles, third largest in the world behind Japan's 5.8 million.
In a bid to pump up sales, Toyota said Chinese-made Camrys will be priced at 197,800-269,800 yuan ($24,700-$33,700), well below analysts' expectations. Imported Camrys last year sold for 340,000 yuan ($42,500).
"You see the price, it's very clear that we face heavy pressure in this market," said Zhang Fangyou, chairman of Toyota's local partner, Guangzhou Automobile Group.
Toyota, a relative latecomer to China, had a paltry 3.5 percent of the market last year, with 183,150 vehicles, according to the company's latest statistics.
That puts it well behind top foreign automaker General Motors Corp., which vaulted past Volkswagen AG of Germany to grab 11 percent of the market last year with 665,390 units sold.
Despite political tension between Japan and China that flared into riots last year, Japanese automakers are heavily investing in China, and last year pumped a total of 113.7 billion yen ($1.03 billion) into the country.
Much of that spending has gone to the area around the southern city of Guangzhou, near Hong Kong, which has become an automaking hub.
Japan's No. 3 automaker, Honda Motor Co., began making Accords in Guangzhou in 1999 and launched exports of its Jazz compact model from there to Europe last year. No. 2 Nissan Motor Co.'s joint venture in eastern Guangzhou with Dongfeng Motors has been ramping up production of the Tiida.
Toyota began exporting to China in 1964 but lagged behind rivals in the country, choosing instead to concentrate on the markets in the United States and Europe. It wasn't until 2002 that it rolled out its first locally produced, Toyota-brand car with a Chinese partner, state-owned FAW Group Corp.
Chinese and Japanese officials are keen to highlight progress in business ties between the two Asian giants amid disputes over territory and over Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's visits to a war shrine that honors the dead of World War II, including war criminals.
Such political tension doesn't seem to affect most Chinese consumers, who link Toyota with quality, reliability and fuel-efficiency.
"There are already a lot of loyal customers," said Yale Zhang, an analyst at CSM Asia Corp. "Everybody is waiting for this car."
Toyota says it has spent 215 billion yen ($1.9 billion) in China since 1998 and now has a dozen plants making parts and assembling vehicles.
"This factory has the world's most advanced technology, the newest equipment," says Katsuhiro Shinzato, a Toyota employee, as he led a tour through the factory's highly automated lines ahead of the Camry launch. Local workers spent between three and six months in training.
The daily routine calls for 30-minute meetings twice a day, at the beginning and end of shifts, to thrash out any problems. The production line is built at eye level to encourage eye contact as well, Shinzato said. "Communication is extremely important," he said.
Although the factory has 263 of the latest robots, its level of automation is only 54 percent, he said, well below the 80 percent to 90 percent found at factories in Japan and the West. That's typical of most foreign auto plants in China, where labor costs a fraction of Western rates.
Despite wages of about $2 an hour, foreign automakers face relatively high costs in China, mainly due to their need to import steel and components from abroad.
 

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Yeah I just got back from China and I attest to it that there's a lot of Camry's on the streets.

Toyota is going to conquer the world people - believe it...
 

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2006 Toyota Camry

The Toyota Camry is a mid-size car assembled by Toyota in among others Guangzhou, China. In some markets, the top range Camry models are seen as executive cars. The sixth (present) generation Camry went on sale in March 2006. It was significantly redesigned, with a 56 mm longer wheelbase, but the overall length remained the same. The Camry sold in China has different exterior body parts than Japanese and USA-spec Camry.


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Toyota to build, sell Camry hybrids in China in 2010.

July 01, 2008 - Toyota Motor Corp plans to begin building and selling a hybrid version of its Camry sedan in China in 2010 in anticipation of growing demand for environmentally friendly vehicles, the Nikkei business daily reported on Tuesday.

A Toyota spokesman could not immediately confirm the report.

The newspaper said Toyota plans to manufacture 10,000 cars per year in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong as part of its joint venture with Guangzhou Automobile Group Co.

Toyota, which leads the auto industry in gasoline-electric hybrid technology, is rapidly ramping up production of the fuel-efficient vehicles to meet growing demand as consumers look to save cash at the pump amid record-high fuel prices.

The company's latest move comes as the Chinese government, which recently boosted gasoline prices, considers giving preferential tax treatment to eco-friendly cars, the paper said.

It said Toyota will first produce the gasoline-powered Camry at the Guangzhou plant's second line in 2009, and will add the hybrid version the following year.

The company has been assembling the hybrid-only Prius cars in China, but the number has been small. Of the 430,000 hybrid vehicles Toyota built last year, only 320 were produced there.

In June, Toyota said it will start assembling Camry hybrid cars in Thailand and Australia over the next two years, adding to the current overseas production bases of China and the United States.

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2009 Camry to hit China market on September 22.

September 17,2008 - With the mid-class car market in China getting more and more competitive, Guangzhou Toyota is set to launch its 2009 Camry model on September 22, said xinhuanet.com today.

An insider from the joint venture said that the 2009 Camry has got little facelift over its predecessor, but this new model will be equipped with Toyota's vehicle stability control (VSC) system and the car reversing radar system for the vehicle's better performance and higher safety.

As the 2009 Camry model is coming to the market, the selling price of the 2008 Camry model has begun to fall. In Beijing 4S stores of Guangzhou Toyota, a discount of about 10%, or 24,000 yuan ($3,500), can be offered to the buyer of any model in the 2008 Camry series. The dealers also offer interior decoration as a giveaway to the 2008 Camry buyer.

The Toyota Camry became the best seller of mid- to high-end cars in China in the first half of this year, when its wholesale hit 79,061 units. Both the output and sales of the Camry car made by Guangzhou Toyota have exceeded 300,000 units over two years since it was launched to the Chinese market on June 17, 2006.
 

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September 23, 2008 - Guangzhou Toyota launched its 2009 Camry G-Series models on September 22 and thereby released the lowest price of the mid- to high-end sedans by boosting the configurations and launching new models, reported Shanghai Securities News today.

Guangzhou Toyota, a joint venture between Guangzhou Auto and Toyota Motor, said that this low-price stragety is to fortify the benchmark role that its Camry model has played in the ranks of Chinese-made mid- to high-end sedans. This move by Guangzhou Toyota is likely to trigger a new round of price war in China's mid- to high-end sedan market.

Of the '09 Camry G-Series models released by Guangzhou Toyota on yesterday, the 200G luxury (upgraded) edition sells for 208,800 yuan ($30,500), 200G Navi luxury (upgraded) edition for 226,800 yuan; 240G luxury (upgraded) edition for 224,800 yuan, 240G Navi (upgraded) edition for 24,280 yuan.

A top executive of the company said that the 2009 Camry 240G sedan is now cheaper by 11,500 yuan. As part of the additional features, both the 240G and 240G Navi models are equipped with the vehicle stability control (VSC) system, TRAC traction control system, and parking radar, among others. The three safety devices have their prices cut down by 5,000 yuan.


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Re: 2006 Toyota Camry

hi,

It is so nice car, I like camry. Its interior is so good. And it is looking very huge and i like huge looking car.
 

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Forthcoming redesign which will be probably officialy presented at 2009 Shanghai Auto Show:
http://news.cheshi.com/gcxc/200902/90336.shtml





Has won several national titles and high-class cars sold Canton Toyota Camry, since listing in 2006 has been its excellent value for money and their own vehicles to capture the charm of a large number of consumers heart. Recently, reporter learned from Toyota Canton Department of Internal insider learned: As with the Camry with the Department-level models of increasing competition, Guangzhou Toyota will soon launch the new Camry models, let us take the following passage of the vehicle according to the spy pictures, to interpret the new Camry changes.

Old Camry in the former face of the wide use of the former water tank grille design, gives the feeling of the atmosphere calm. But this new model is not the continuation of this design style, the new Camry's radiator grille chrome remains after treatment, but with the same shape while Toyota's REIZ more similar to enhance the sense of a lot of movement.

Headlamps in the former design, new and old models and no clear distinction, headlamp cleaning device and vehicle parking radar head can still be found in the car. In addition the new Camry is still the front of a dual-concave design, so that more vehicle head impact.

The new Camry rear taillight combination of this model is changed after paragraph one of the major changes. A prominent new-style taillight shape change after the previous Camry's sleek design style, so that the rear vehicle more three-dimensional sense. Distinct edges and corners of the Link-type rear lights, were placed Camry tail around both ends of the vehicle revealed a luxurious style.

The new Camry is not only the design of the former face an increase of movement elements, but this car is also equipped with a new wheel, fully taking into account the economy and sports performance. In addition, the new Camry is still using the same color side body rub anti article.

Camry models as Canton Toyota's products, marketed in 2006. Although the Camry in the years after the listing has small change, it was both of its powertrain or its overall appearance and interior have not changed substantially. And this upcoming new Camry, after subsection changed after the market turned can win favor with consumers, we wait and see.
 

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GAC Toyota will launch its revamped Camry model on February 18th. The new Toyota Camry sedan locally made in China can be ordered now in the joint venture's dealerships and buyers can pick up the car this week, xinhuanet.com today. The slightly altered Camry still offers only the 2.0L and 2.4L versions.

Sources said that the new Camry sedan model is revamped of its predecessor but has borrowed some features of the 2010 Toyota Camry in the North American market. There is little change in the China-made new Camry, except that the exterior, especially the front face, is modified according to the 2010 Camry that was displayed at the 2009 Detroit auto show last month.

GAC Toyota's new Camry model still comes with the 2.0L and 2.4L versions as before, without the expected 2.5L 4-cylinder model like the 2010 Toyota Camry in the U.S. market. However, Camry dealers in Beijing said that the 2.5L Camry model would be more competitive if it is launched in the China market this year.

With the new Camry coming to its showrooms, GAC Toyota will stop producing the old Camry sedan, which is now on special offer in some stores, with a discount of about 10,000 yuan ($1,470). The new Camry will be priced like the current one, whose 2.0L version at 168,800-237,800 yuan, and the 2.4L version at 185,800-269,800 yuan.

GAC Toyota, a joint venture between Guangzhou Auto and Toyota Motor, launched the locally made Camry to the Chinese market in June 2006. More than 147,000 Camry sedans made by the venture were registered for licenses in 2008. The China-made Camry topped the country’s sedan registration rankings in again after 2007.

http://auto.sohu.com/20090218/n262297320.shtml




 

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What I like about the Camry is its design, versatility and performance. Im always been a fan of the ride's interiors. :)
 

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seen some copycats of the cars and was suprised that this Camry is not copied, but built in China. Well it was very impressive.
 
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