36 Years of Toyota Camry Evolution An Ultimate Guide to the History of One of the World’s Most Popular Sedans

Toyota Celica Camry

The Camry was originally named for a sedan that was part of the Celica lineup. The model began production in December 1979, and it went on sale in January 1980.

Toyota Camry V10

In 1982, the Camry was reborn as a separate model, which was given the index V10. The Camry was sold as a sedan and liftback with gasoline and diesel engines with a working volume of not more than 2 liters. It was produced in Japan.

Toyota Camry V20

In 1986, Toyota showed the second-generation Camry (V20). For it were already available three body options – sedan, liftback and station wagon. And the production was not limited to Japan: the model was also assembled in Australia and the U.S. Even the second-generation Camry had a twin brother – Holden Apollo.

Toyota Camry V30

V20 was around until 1990, when the third-generation Camry was released with the index – correctly – V30. The model was assembled in Japan and sold only there.

Toyota Camry XV10

They only sold V30 in Japan, because due to the technical requirements imposed by the local authorities, it was too small for other important markets. But Japanese did not get confused and in 1991 made for export a bigger variant, which was named XV10. The most interesting is that in Japan, such sedan also sold, but under the name Scepter.

Toyota Camry V40

In 1994, the Toyota Camry for Japan once again changed generations. The sedan was identical in length and width to its predecessor, but became 100 millimeters taller. For some modifications of this Camry was even offered all-wheel drive. This family was the last one to have the letter V in its index. The model, internally called V50, was already being sold under the name Vista.

Toyota Camry XV20

The second-generation Camry for export markets (seventh generation, in chronological order) was shown in 1996. The model was presented in sedan and station wagon bodies. You won’t believe it, it was also offered in Japan. The station wagon in the automaker’s home market was called Camry Gracia.

Toyota Camry XV30

In September 2001, the Toyota Camry XV30 debuted. At the same time, the Camry was offered for the first time with only one type of body – a four-door. The station wagon was abandoned to get rid of cannibalism within its own lineup. In addition, for the first time for the Camry with the index XV, Toyota used a separate platform: XV20 and XV10 shared a different, older chassis.

Toyota Camry XV40

2006 saw the introduction of the Camry with the index XV40. Traditionally, it differed markedly depending on the region of distribution. For example, in Japan, the U.S. and Russia, the Camry looked just like the one pictured here, but in Asian markets it was quite different. The XV40 was also the first Camry with a hybrid powertrain.

Toyota XV50

Modification XV50 appeared in 2011. Since then, the versions for Russia and the U.S. are noticeably different. We still sell the same version as, for example, in Indonesia and Thailand, while Americans and Australians drive sedans with a radically different design.

Toyota XV60

Toyota Camry XV60 exists so far only in a version for the American market. The model made its debut at the Detroit auto show. As in the case of the XV30, the last Camry is built on a new platform. The sedan is based on TNGA architecture. The Asian and Russian versions of the model are not yet available.

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