Toyota has once again achieved success at the Qatar Car of the Year Awards, with the Camry HEV being recognised as the Best Hybrid Sedan in the 2019 edition of the premier annual awards ceremony.
The Camry Hybrid's win was announced at a special awards ceremony held in Doha recently with the participation of a wide range of hybrids. The award was received by Firas Mufti, senior marketing manager, on behalf of Abdullah Abdulghani & Bros Co (AAB), the exclusive distributor of Toyota in Qatar. Last updated: May 01 2019 10:02 PM
The win came after rigorous testing and evaluation of the performance of the car by experts, who stressed the importance of the vehicle being economical in terms of fuel consumption and also being environment-friendly, AAB said in a statement.
The Camry HEV "provides a comfortable and stable ride with superior handling characteristics" thanks to Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform, which represents an entirely new strategy for the way the company designs, engineers and packages its vehicles.
"TNGA retains all of Toyota’s traditional values of superlative build quality and safety while injecting a fun driving experience that plays on all the senses," the statement added.
The class-leading model can be driven entirely by either electrical power with zero-fuel consumption and carbon emissions, or with a combination of a petrol engine and two electric motors depending on the vehicle speed and customer’s driving behaviour. The batteries in the hybrid electric drivetrain are automatically charged by either the petrol engine or when braking and decelerating, eliminating the need to plug in a power cord.
Further, the all-new Camry HEV does not require a special fuel, yet drives like any other conventional car. In addition, thanks to its top-class fuel efficiency, visits to petrol stations will be significantly reduced.
Combining two power sources consisting of a petrol engine and two electric motors, the hybrid electric drivetrain on the all-new Toyota Camry HEV produces 176hp and 118hp and delivers 22.5kg-m and 20.6kg-m of torque, respectively. The combined power of the two power sources (petrol engine and two electric motors) is 215hp. The drivetrain is mated to an electronically controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (e-CVT) that executes smooth yet quick gear shifts, simulating a six-speed sequential shift transmission "to deliver a new level of driving pleasure".