Even as D-segment (INR 25-25 lakhs) in India is being encroached by SUVs, the newly launched Toyota Camry facelift has surprisingly managed to register sales of 280 units within first 50 days of launch.
The company says that over 125 orders are still pending and the car has received 730 customer enquiries so far. N. Raja, director and senior vice president, sales and marketing, Toyota Kirloskar Motor, revealed at 80% of sales is accounted for by the Hybrid variant.
Toyota Camry Hybrid is powered by a 2.5-litre petrol engine that runs on Atkinson cycle and an electric motor. Combined power output stands at an impressive 205 PS. The hybrid sedan delivers a claimed mileage of 19.16 kmpl and CO2 emission of 122.8 g/km. The hybrid powerhouse is mated to an electronically controlled CVT (E-CVT) which ensures smooth operation and enhanced efficiency.
According to the company, the Camry’s sales increased in tier-II cities like Pune, Calicut, Coimbatore and Ahmadabad. A subsidy of INR 70,000 for Hybrid variant under Indian government’s FAME (Faster Adaption and Manufacturing of Electric vehicles) scheme has proven to be a significant contributing factor to the new Camry’s popularity.
In the whole of 2014, Toyota India managed to sell 780 units of Camry and given that the facelift has already clocked 280 units, we can expect the car to end this year on a high note.