After a boatload of leaked images, the all-new 2012 Toyota Camry sedan has finally been revealed with a slew of photos, along with specifications and pricing details. The leaked photos did not deceive — the new Camry does look like a slight refresh of the current model, at least on the outside.
The 2012 Camry has the same dimensions as the previous generation model. With the same length, wheelbase, width and height, we can see why it looks almost identical to the old Camry. Maybe it’s not all-new after all. The most distinctive exterior changes are the chrome grille, a new front bumper with an expansive lower air intake and chrome foglight and boomerang taillights. Unlike the exterior, the interior of the 2012 Camry is very different from the interior of the previous model and features new dashboard, center console and steering wheel. The stitched leather on the upper dash reflect an interior that is likely of higher quality materials than in the previous Camry.
2012 Camry buyers will be able to choose from three different engine options. The four-cylinder engine has now been upgraded to a 2.5L unit that produces 178 horsepower (and increase of 9-hp) and 170 lb.-ft. of torque. It achieves an estimated fuel-economy rating of 25 mpg city and 35 mpg highway. There is a 3.5L V6 that produces 268 horsepower and 248 lb-ft. of torque, achieving a 21/30 mpg. And, of course, there is the Camry Hybrid with its new 2.5L engine that produces 200 horsepower while achieving 43 mpg/39 mpg city/highway and 41 mpg combined.
The all-new Camry and Camry Hybrid will together offer several different trim levels. There is an entry-level L, value-driven LE, premium-level XLE and a sporty SE (the XLE and SE are available with either four-cylinder or V6 engines). The Camry Hybrid gets two grades, an LE and XLE. With regards to price, the base Camry L starts at $21,995, the Camry SE V6 at $26,640, and the Camry Hybrid at $25,900. Sales of the 2012 Toyota Camry models will start in October.
African Company Mobius Makes World’s Cheapest SUV [Video]
Conjure up an image of the world’s cheapest SUV and Mobius Motors will likely be the last company on your mind, but this is a company on a mission. Based in Nairobi, Kenya, it has spent most of its existence trying to put Africa on wheels.
The Mobius Two is the company’s second attempt at an ultra-affordable SUV. To keep weight down, its body is built from aluminum and carbon fiber. To make repairs easy, its simple construction consists of a tubular steel platform that can be welded back together when broken. The engine, likely to be a Toyota-sourced four-cylinder gasoline engine, is said to be familiar to local mechanics and light on gas.
With an expected price-tag of $6,000, this SUV is bare bone and strictly about getting from point A to point B. You’d be barking up the wrong tree if you like your ride to be stylish and to have air conditioning or glass side windows. Instead, what you get is a very roomy vehicle that can seat up to six to eight adults, depending on the configuration, and haul up to 1,100 pounds.
Affordable, durable and versatile — this SUV looks to be just right for the rural parts of Africa and even the cities.
Mazda and Fiat Team-up to Develop New Roadster
We here at FbaPPs have argued that the Fiat / Chrysler alliance is in need of a third partner to ensure its long-term viability, and have speculated that Mazda could be that likely candidate. With the announcement that Fiat and the Japanese automaker will teamed-up to work on an all-new roadster, we think this might be the beginning of a long-term relationship.
The non-binding Memorandum of Understanding between the two automakers calls for the development of a new rear-wheel-drive roadster based on the next-generation MX-5 (Miata) for Fiat’s Alfa Romeo brand and for Mazda. The two models will be distinctly differentiated by brand-specific design-themes, as well as their own proprietary engines. Despite their differences, both will be manufactured at Mazda’s Hiroshima, Japan, plant.
“This agreement clearly demonstrates our commitment to Alfa Romeo and the determination to grow it into a truly global brand. By partnering with Mazda, we will be co-operating with the recognized leader in compact rear-drive vehicle architectures in order to deliver an exciting and stylish roadster in the Alfa Romeo tradition. We are appreciative of this collaboration with Mazda and look forward to maintaining a fruitful and continuous relationship.” said Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne.
According to reports, the Alfa Romeo version, which is expected to go on sale in 2015, will revive the classic Alfa Romeo Spider. A design study of the Spider is pictured above.
All-new 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Pictures Revealed
Hyundai has released two computer-generated pictures of the all-new 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe crossover ahead of its official debut at the 2012 New York Auto Show. Judging from the pictures, the new Santa Fe looks to adopt the Korean automaker’s Fluidic Sculpture design theme, although things have been toned-down relative to what we see on cars such as the Hyundai Tuscon, Sonata and Elantra.
As a matter of fact, Hyundai calls the new design “Storm Edge,” saying it’s an evolution of the “Fluidic Sculpture” theme. A sporty, more aggressive look suggests that the Santa Fe will go upscale to better compete with the likes of the Ford Edge, Nissan Murano and Jeep Grand Cherokee.
There is little indication that the new Santa Fe will feature a two-row or three-row setup, but with the New York Auto Show just one month away, we won’t have to wait long to find out.