Toyota pioneered hybrid technology in the global automotive market and since then has successfully introduced it in many developed markets. In India, after launching the Prius, it debuted the first locally manufactured hybrid vehicle, the Toyota Camry Hybrid, a year ago.
The Camry Hybrid is manufactured at a separate assembly line within the Toyota Kirloskar Motor plant located in Bidadi, near Bangalore, in Karnataka. Globally , India is the 9th country to manufacture Toyota hybrid vehicles. The Camry hybrid combines a newly developed hybrid exclusive 2.5 litre beltless petrol engine with an electric motor. The vehicle runs on Hybrid Synergy Drive, which intelligently senses when to switch between the two power sources: the petrol engine and the electric motor, to maximise fuel economy.
Naomi Ishii, MD of Toyota said, 'Energy crisis and increasing pollution are some of the gravest problems faced by the world today. Toyota aims to lead the future of mobility by addressing these challenges. With innovation and automotive solutions Toyota endeavours to lead the way to the future of mobility and build better cars and communities in Asia, in harmony with the environment. Toyota has yet again achieved an important milestone, with its cumulative global hybrid sales crossing the 7 million mark, in October.'