TOYOTA AUSTRALIA has this week revealed a sneak peak at the interior of the upcoming Hybrid Camry, offering a glimpse of the hybrid's unique instrument cluster.
Set to be the first hybrid car to be built in Australia, full-scale production is scheduled to begin in December. Pre-production is already underway, with a small number of Hybrid Camrys rolling off the production line to test assembly processes.
The new photo, revealing an instrument cluster virtually identical to that of the US-market hybrid Camry, shows a Hybrid Synergy Drive display panel and a cool blue hue to the dials.
A luminous green "ready" light indicates that the electric motor is on, but the petrol engine is off. To the left of the speedometer resides a prominent economy meter,which displays instant fuel consumption in litres per 100km.
Like the Prius, the Hybrid Camry has been developed to run on either electric power alone, petrol alone, or in a combined mode.
Toyota Australia's senior executive director sales and marketing David Buttner said Hybrid Synergy Drive will take Camry's efficiency to a new level.
"Hybrid Camry will have substantially more power than the petrol-only car while using at least 20 per cent less fuel," Mr Buttner said.
"It will save motorists hundreds of dollars a year in fuel - and the more you drive, the more you'll save on fuel."