2007 Canadian Car of the Year: 2008 Toyota Camry Hybrid

Last Monday, the 2008 Toyota Camry hybrid was launched in Canada as a perfect icon of an efficient, clean and powerful vehicle. The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada granted the 2007 Canadian Car of the Year award to this vehicle that meets the demand of Canada in performance, style, quality and comfort with outstanding low emissions and exceptional fuel efficiency.

The 2008 Toyota Camry Hybrid is powered by Toyota’s gasoline-electric full hybrid system, Hybrid Synergy Drive. More than one million Toyota and Lexus hybrid vehicles have been sold worldwide since its introduction in1997.For the 2008 Camry Hybrid, Toyota has adopted a 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine version of the Hybrid Synergy Drive system complete with dual overhead cams, 16 valves, variable valve timing with intelligence and an electronic throttle control system with intelligence.

From theautochannel.com, these are the other standard features that made the 2008 Toyota Camry hybrid the 2007 Canadian Car of the Year:

– A top of the line JBL Synthesis Audio System, featuring AM/FM stereo/in-dash 6-disc CD changer/MP3/WMA player plus audio auxiliaryinput jack, Bluetooth capability, eight speakers and steering wheel-mounted audio system controls;
– A full electric climate control system featuring auto air conditioning with dual zone control, a cabin air filter with germ-reducing plasma cluster, and rear seat heater ducts;
– An eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat;
– A 60/40 split fold-down rear seat;
– Power door locks with key lockout protection and Toyota’s Smart Key system with remote trunk release;
– Power windows with driver’s side auto down function and high solar energy-absorbing glass;
– Optitron electronic gauges, including an instantaneous fuel economy meter, water temperature gauge, outside temperature gauge and dualtrip odometer plus a multi-function display;
– Electrochromic rear view mirror with digital compass;
– Dual exterior power remote heated mirrors;
– Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob;
– Silver accented interior trim;
– Push-button start;
– Cruise control;
– Accessory power outlets with retained accessory power;
– Unique Camry Hybrid grille, front and rear splash guards, colour-matched bumpers, mirrors and door handles, and chrome tailpipe;
– Projector style halogen headlamps and LED tail lamps;
– Engine immobilizer;
– Garage door opener

The Camry Hybrid is also available with a Premium Package, which adds number of comfort and convenience features, including:
– Power adjustable front passenger’s seat;
– Leather seat surfaces;
– Heated front seats;
– Power moonroof;
– Rear-seat reading lamps

“We are thrilled that Canadians have embraced the Camry Hybrid. The Camry Hybrid has accounted for almost 20% of all Canadian Camry line sales in the first 7 months of this year,” remarked Tony Wearing, Managing Director of Toyota Canada Inc.

As Canadian drivers are discovering, the Camry Hybrid delivers more than just great fuel efficiency and a fraction of the tailpipe emissions of a conventional automobile. It’s also big on performance thanks to smooth and powerful hybrid acceleration and Toyota’s top of the line vehicle dynamics and control technologies.”

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