Japanese auto giant Toyota, on Wednesday, launched the all-new Camry Hybrid in India, which is the first-ever hybrid car to be manufactured locally, priced at Rs.29.75 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
The company said the vehicle would be manufactured at a separate assembly line within Toyota Kirloskar Motor’s (TKM) second plant located in Bidadi, near Bangalore in Karnataka.
Globally, India is the 9th country to manufacture Toyota hybrid vehicles, TKM said in a statement.
The Camry Hybrid combines a newly developed hybrid exclusive 2.5 petrol engine with an electric motor and runs on ‘Hybrid Synergy Drive’, which senses when to switch between the two power sources — petrol engine and electric motor. It delivers a mileage of 19.16 kmpl.
“The Camry Hybrid is India’s first locally manufactured hybrid vehicle...Toyota is a pioneer in hybrid technology and thus we were very keen to manufacture the all New Camry Hybrid in India as well. This is in line with Toyota’s global philosophy to encourage the use of hybrid vehicles across the globe, for a greener tomorrow,” TKM Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Hiroshi Nakagawa said.
TKM Deputy Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer, Marketing and Commercial, Sandeep Singh, said Toyota hybrid had a history of more than 15 years to its credit, and sold over 5 million hybrid cars across the globe.
The petrol Camry Toyota brand was first introduced in India in 2002. In 2012, TKM began locally manufacturing the petrol Camry.