Toyota Camry (2002–2006)
All-new Camry made its Euro-debut at Frankfurt Motor Show and reached the UK in November 2001. America's favourite car now had more interior room, similar refinement and comfort and the option of two engines: a 2.4 litre VVT-i which offers best in class fuel consumption of 32.8mpg on the combined cycle, or a 3.0 litre V6 auto with a top speed of 140mph and a 0-60 of 8.9 seconds.
External dimensions are: length: 4,815mm, width: 1,795mm, height 1,500mm. Boot capacity is a big 587 litres. The design was completely new and built on the model's attributes of class-leading comfort and refinement. Offers a "carefully engineered balance of ride, comfort and performance". Inside, has 7 per cent more interior space, higher levels of interior quality and "executive class features". Low noise levels and a "world-class safety system".
Smaller 2.4 litre VVT-i engine develops 150bhp at 5,600rpm and 161 lb ft (218Nm) torque at 3,800 to 4,200rpm. Manual gets to sixty in 9.1 seconds, goes on to 130mph, delivers an excellent 32.8mpg in the combined cycle and emits 206g/km CO2.
2.4 four-speed auto does the sixty dash in 10.2 seconds, reaches 124mph, sips petrol at the rate of 29.2mpg on the combined cycle and emits 233g/km CO2. 3.0 litre V6 pumps out 184bhp at 5,300rpm and 201 lb ft (273Nm) torque at 4,300rmp. Auto only, it gets to sixty in 8.9 seconds, runs to 140mph, gives you 25.7 miles per gallon on the combined cycle and emits 263g/km CO2. Maximum braked towing weight of all models is 1,600kg.
Dual stage SRS airbags are standard equipment for driver and passenger, as are side-airbags. SRS curtain shield airbags help protect the heads of both front and rear seat passengers. Brake system offers ABS, electronic brake force distribution and brake assist as standard features.
Five 3-point seatbelts. Front seatbelts come with pre-tensioners and force-limiters, the rear seats offer ISOFIX mountings for child seats. Equipment includes full multi-information display, rain-sensitive automatic windscreen wipers and automatic climate control, amongst many other features. UK Prices: £19,494 to £27,495. On sale date: November 2001.