Toyota HC-CV: An Eco-Runner From Down Under

By Editors on February 24, 2009 12:18 PM

Although it won't be introducing its -- and the country's -- first locally produced hybrid model to the Australian market for nearly a year, Toyota decided to warm up the crowds this week by displaying this slick looking one-off in conjunction with the Melbourne Auto Show. Penned by Toyota Style Australia, the HC-CV (for Hybrid Camry-Concept Vehicle) will share some of its "key design features" with the upcoming Aussie-built Camry Hybrid model. Exactly how much of its aggressively contoured bodywork and sporty interior treatment manages to attain volume-build status was not made clear by any of the Toyota Australia execs. However, the president and CEO, Max Yasuda, did state that this concept Camry would be the most important vehicle on the automaker's show stand.

Toyota is the only manufacturer in Australia that currently builds any vehicles with four-cylinder engines locally, and the conventional Camry has been the country's best-selling mid-size offering for the past 15 years. Adding an even more-efficient hybrid version that uses already well-proven technology can only add to the Camry's already formidable laurels. Now if we can only convince Toyota's U.S. product-planning team to transfer a bit of the HC-CV's high-profile visual punch to our Camry Hybrid...

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