Car reviews - Toyota - Camry - Vienta Executive sedan
1 Mar 1993
TOYOTA spent a fortune developing the redesigned, third-generation, “wide body” Camry of the early 1990s, utilising dynamic and refinement lessons learned during the multi billion-dollar Lexus LS program. The result was a larger, wider, stronger, safer, roomier and more comfortable family-sized sedan and station wagon. And like before, Holden offered it as the JM Apollo range. The new name Vienta identified the 139kW 3.0L quad-cam V6-powered models. With the V6's creamy power delivery and sizeable mid-range punch, it was far and away the nicer of the two Camry engines available - the other being a rather coarse 93kW 2.2-litre four-cylinder unit. The Vienta range was dynamically benchmarked against the class-leading Peugeot 405 Mi16, so its steering, ride and handling attributes were up there with the better Europeans of the day. Only the dull styling and cabin treatment held it back from being a world beater...
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