The Toyota Camry is an internationally sold vehicle that is manufactured by the Japanese carmaker Toyota. Production of this vehicle began in 1982 and spanned multiple generations throughout the years. This vehicle was originally classified as a compact with a narrow body, though some of the later models grew in size and were classified as mid-size sedans. The Camry nameplate was used for their 4-door sedan between 1979 and 1982. In Japan, this vehicle was known as the Celica Camry. A 5-door liftback version of this vehicle was made available 1982 when the V10 series was released.
The Celica Camry first went on sale in January of 1980 at various Toyota Corolla Store retail dealerships throughout Japan. This vehicle was manufactured in December of 1979 at the Tsutsumi plant at Toyota, Aichi. This version of the Camry shares quite a few similarities with the Carina A40/A50. The Carina was modified to have a longer front end as well as certain stylistic features like a T-bar grill which was similar to that of the Celica XX/Supra (A40). The Celica Camry is not the first generation of this vehicle but rather its predecessor.
In March of 1982, the V10 Camry entered into production. The first generation of this vehicle was manufactured at the Tsutsumi plant with a designated model code of “V10” and came with S-series gasoline engines. This series of models included the SV10, SV11, and SV12. The C-series diesel variants of this vehicle were known as the CV10 and CV11. The V10 series was originally released to the Japanese public in March of 1982 and this company issued it as a 4-door notchback sedan, which was sold at various Toyota Corolla dealerships. A twin model of this vehicle called the Toyota Vista was launched at the same time and sold at separate Toyota Vista retail locations.
The V2 version of the Camry went on sale in August of 1986 in Japan and was offered with a 4-door sedan configuration. There was also a station wagon version of the V20 available in various overseas markets, which was a first for this vehicle. There was also a 4-door pillared hardtop sedan with all new body panels which was offered with the previous car. The height of this vehicle was reduced by a total of 25 millimeters for a sportier appearance, and it was received extremely well by consumers all over the world. Production of the V2 eventually came to an end in 1990.
The V30 was offered only in Japan and went on sale in July of 1990. Although the V30 still came in the form of a 4-door sedan, it was a much differently styled hardtop version. Both bodies of this vehicle made way for the enlarged wide-body XV10 versions, which were launched in September of 1991, introduced mainly in international markets. The V30 was still smaller than the XV10, offering consumers a nice alternative to their other larger vehicles.
The XV50, which is the current version of the Camry, was introduced to the public for the first time in August of 2011. Sales of XV50 in the United States starting in September of the same year. This vehicle received some major changes to its overall style as well as the exterior, which got all new sheet metal as well as distinctive angular styling. There were 3 different engine choices with the XV50, including the 2.5 liter 4-cyclinder hybrid model, the 2.5 liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine, and the 3.5 liter V6. This vehicle has experienced a tremendous amount of popular over the years and continues to be one of the best selling vehicles in Toyota’s history.