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22 Feb 2001

Free-form multi-reflector headlights are new and more powerful but look the same as the old car Two-bar grille replaces old three-bar item and has chrome surround Both front seats have full power adjustment, although they remain flat and unsupportive like the old model New "3-in-1" head design incorporates AM/FM radio, cassette player and single CD in-dash player Azura also has remote six CD stacker in the boot New-generation six-speaker system developed in conjunction with Fuji Centre console trim includes new wood grain-look touches Climate control air-conditioning is standard New 16-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels Large boot has 518-litre capacity Split-fold rear seat improves flexibility Azura is a new nameplate, which is at the top of the Camry prestige tree Shares suspension settings with sports-oriented Touring sedan A "Sportivo" body kit is available for Camry. It was known as "Camry GTP" Dual airbags standard Remote central locking standard. Owner programmable features include two-stage door unlock, horn chirp on door lock/unlock and panic alarm mode Headlights are also programmable for auto off to provide light for passengers to clear a car park or reach a house etcetera Camry unit is a quad-cam multi-valve unit codenamed 1MZ-FE It produces 141kW of power at 5200rpm, and 279Nm of torque at 4400rpm MacPherson strut suspension is used front and rear, with L-shaped front and dual parallel link rear, lower suspension arms Sub-frames front and rear create a double layer of protection for the interior from road and engine noise Azura comes fitted only with a four-speed automatic transmission codenamed A451E The unit adopts "intelligent control", which means it adapts its shift pattern to suit the style of the driver Azura employs 275 x 28mm ventilated discs at the front working with 60mm floating single calliper At the rear it uses 269x10mm solid discs with 35mm floating single calliper Four-sensor and four-channel anti-lock braking system is standard Engine speed sensitive power-assisted rack and pinion steering is standard on Azura Steering column is height adjustable only Rack ratio has been changed and the power-assistance characteristics retuned for easier parking and increased on-centre feel at highway speeds

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