Production for the final Toyota Camry model to be built in Australia is now underway, with the first example rolling off the line today in Altona, Melbourne.
Unveiled in New York around this time last year, the updated model brings a new look to the exterior sheet metal, along with interior trim updates.
The first of the new-look Australian-built Camry models was unveiled during a ceremonial event at the Altona plant, with Toyota Australia President Dave Buttner declaring it “the best global car”.
"We're extremely proud to launch the new-look Camry - it's the culmination of almost four years hard work and is the biggest mid-cycle update we've ever embarked on,” Mr Buttner said.
"Although this will be the last car we build in Australia, we have vowed that it will be the best. That means we are aiming to achieve the best safety, quality and efficiency results when compared to other Camry-manufacturing plants around the world.”
Toyota says $108 million was invested in the new model in Australia, which includes $23.6 million from the Federal Government and an unspecified sum from the Victorian government.
The 2015 update - known as "the big minor change" - is the most significant any generation of the Camry has ever been given, with more than 800 new parts included a makeover that sees every panel but the roof changed.
Australia's updated Camry will miss out on a number of US-focused interior updates however, although new material and trim changes will feature.
Other features unique to the US model and kept from the Australian-built Camry include pre-collision and lane departure warning systems, and a radar-based cruise control function.
Powertrains remain largely unchanged in both markets, with Australia's four-cylinder petrol engines and the Camry Hybrid's petrol-electric powerplant to continue as before.
Production is expected to reach around 420 units per day, with 90,000 to be built before year’s end.
Around 70 percent of Camry cars built at Altona are destined for export to New Zealand, Pacific islands, the Middle East and Thailand (for the first time), and Toyota says it will see out its commitment to continuing manufacturing in Australia until the end of 2017.
Therefore, this updated Camry will be the last to be built locally, with Toyota having built 3.2 million cars in Australia to date over 52 years.
Pricing and specifications for the 2015 Toyota Camry and Aurion will be released next month - stay tuned to TMR for more.
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