Toyota Camry Model History
If you’re anything like us, you’re probably a pretty avid car watcher. One of our favorite things about driving is the number of other cars you’re exposed to. If you’ve never thought about it before, we’d like to challenge you to start making mental notes of the makes and models of the cars you see on your way to work, the store, etc.
Unless live somewhere like Monaco, you’re seeing a lot of the Toyota Camry.
The Toyota Camry is one of the most popular cars on the road. More Camry models were sold than any other sedan in 2017 (edging the Civic by almost 2000 cars).
In its almost 40 years, it’s consistently been a benchmark for the sedan industry. We love the Toyota Camry.
Let’s talk about its history.
Toyota Celica Camry – Version 0
All the way back in 1980, Toyota introduced a 4-door version of their popular Celica Coupe. The Celica Camry was a version 0 Camry, more of a predecessor than a first edition, and featured a front engine (either 1.6 L or 1.8 L with a 2.0 L variant added near the end).
Toyota Camry 1st Generation: 1982-1986
The true first generation of the Camry began in March of 1982. Rather than the T-series engine present in the Celica Camry, the new models featured Toyota’s S-Engine.
Debuting stateside in 1983, the Camry was up against it’s current competitor – the Honda Accord. The new American model featured front-wheel drive, inline 1.8 L engine and a manual 5-speed transmission.
Available in a hatchback station wagon, Toyota continued this model (dubbed the V10) through 1986.
Toyota Camry 2nd Generation: 1987-1991
Toyota made minor changes to the body and abandoned the wagon. Automatic transmission was available at all trim levels. Additionally, an all-wheel drive variant, and 2.5 L V6 options were offered by Toyota.
Toyota Camry 3rd Generation: 1992-1996
The 3rd-generation Camry made multiple changes to the workhorse model. This included a fully-redesigned exterior (rounded edges inline with contemporary automobile design), a brand new air conditioning system, the availability of V6 at multiple trim levels and offering of a 2-door coupe model.
Toyota Camry 4th Generation: 1997-2001
Offering little aesthetic revisions, the 4th-generation Camry continued the design language of its prior model year. Changes made, include the offering of a 3.0 L V6 engine capable of outputting 203 lb-ft. of torque and the availability of a station wagon offered outside of the North American market.
Toyota Camry 5th Generation: 2001-2004
Enjoying a luxurious redeisgn that added cabin space, the 2001 Toyota Camry offered little change under the hood. A manual transmission option was available, as well as an improved 3.0 L V6 engine.
Within the last fifteen years, Toyota has expanded their Camry line to include a hybrid model and sporty, two-door Solara. Redesigned for 2017, the newest Camry offers unrivaled reliability, power and customization options. Toyota’s reputation for raising the bar continues with the 2017 Camry’s Lexus-inspired design cues and global architecture.
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We don’t know what the Camry will look like in another 40 years, but we can guarantee it will still be one of the most important cars in the discussion.
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