Toyota Camry Hybrid
From Toyota press: The 2010 Toyota Camry and Camry Hybrid, which went on sale in March 2009, debuted revised exterior styling, a new four-cylinder powertrain and new safety, audio and convenience features. All Camry gas models are now equipped with Vehicle Stability Control (VCS) with traction control (TRAC) as standard.
The best-selling passenger car in America for seven years running and 11 of the past 12 years, the Toyota Camry is available in four-cylinder and V6 models, and as the Camry Hybrid, equipped with Toyota's industry-leading Hybrid Synergy Drive. The Camry is available in Camry, LE, SE, and XLE grades.
The 2010 Camry Hybrid adds a newly designed gauge cluster and Fraichir™ cloth seating surfaces, which were already standard on the four-cylinder Camry XLE model. The Fraichir process blends a combination of silk protein and synthetic fiber, resulting in a surface that is gentle to the skin. Camry XLE and SE four-cylinder automatic models are now available with the Smart Key System featuring push button start and remote illuminated entry.
The Camry Hybrid exterior enhancements will include a unique hybrid grille, a distinct front bumper, a wider lower intake, restyled fog lights and 16-inch alloy wheels. Camry Hybrid adds an enhanced meter cluster and Fraichir cloth seating surfaces, a combination of silk protein and synthetic fiber, which are gentle to the skin.
The Camry Hybrid model owes its outstanding efficiency to Hybrid Synergy Drive, which produces a combined 187 horsepower and varies power between the gas engine and electric motor, or combines both, as needed. The first part of Hybrid Synergy Drive consists of a 147-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder Atkinson-cycle engine coupled with an electronically controlled planetary-gear continuously variable transmission.
The second part combines a small, high-torque 40-hp electric motor, an ultra-small inverter with a specially designed compact battery, and a transaxle to seamlessly combine power from the electric motor and gasoline engine. Because there are situations in which the gas engine in a Toyota hybrid completely shuts off, air conditioning and power steering systems are driven electrically.
In addition, an “ECO” button limits energy consumption by the climate control system, and under certain conditions can help improve fuel economy. Special attention paid to vehicle underbody aerodynamics, including the use of wheel spats and underbelly pans, helps yield a coefficient of drag of just 0.27, which can benefit fuel economy. The 2010 Camry Hybrid is certified as an Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV), just one of a handful of cars that meets this strict standard. It produces over 70 percent less smog-forming emissions than the average new car.