Car reviews - Toyota - Camry - Altise V6 sedan
Toyota's mostly new Camry Altise V6 shoots directly at Falcon and Commodore territory.
12 Nov 2002
By BRUCE NEWTON
FIGHTING for oxygen in the hype surrounding the launch of the new BA Falcon and VY Commodore, Toyota's fifth-generation Camry has appeared. The result of a $350 million investment by Toyota Australia in engineering and plant, the new Camry is bigger, has more local content including locally-developed underpinnings and an all-new look - the latter something neither the Falcon or Commodore can claim. The range has been pared back from 16 models to 11 with the end of the wagon, but there's also more emphasis on sport with a full-blown Sportivo sporting range launched for the first time. Here, however, we are testing the baseline entry-level 3.0-litre V6 model now called Altise, rather than CSi. For all the changes we found a lot still familiar, and when it comes to Camry that's not necessarily a bad thing.
Model release date: 1 September 2002 to 1 July 2006
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Toyota's all-new 380N Camry superseded the 660T model in September 2002 after a five-year model life, with the entry level Altise V6 model tested here replacing the Camry CSi V6. The previous generation Camry CSi V6 arrived here in August 1997, before receiving a revised grille in October 2000, standard ABS in January 2001 and, finally, standard air-conditioning in May 2002 before being discontinued three months later.
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