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Old 30th December 2018, 07:14 AM
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That's good news, as Battery Packs high cost would drag down resale values as the Car come close to the eight year Battery warranty. I also read that the battery costs for Solar Power will continue to drop making storage Batteries viable. Good news all round.
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It's amazing how far the Camry has come. I remember them in the 90s when they were the most boring unimaginative car you could buy:




Now it's a technology powerhouse.



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Old 1st January 2019, 06:51 AM
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How right you are Bryce, I recall hiring one in Brisbane to drive to Bribe Island It was the most boring Car I have even sat in ! Cold Porridge comes to mind.
And the most memorable ? A near new Mk 11 3.8 Jaguar, road testing up the Antrim Coast Road in Northern Ireland in 1960. Manual O/D Wire wheels the lot.
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Old 2nd January 2019, 12:22 PM
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Driving a state of the Art Hybrid .. the currant Camry.
It has been a big learning curve for me. After 6 months and 6000 Ks, I now have a reasonable understanding of the Electronic Hybrid System.
Two features stand out on Daily Driving. First is the instant Torque of the Electric Motor. Not many so called "Hot Rods" win the traffic light derby. The petrol motor starts almost immediately on hard acceleration. No starter Motor and no alternator. Both replaced by Gen 1 Electric Motor. The Gen 1 reverses directing to spin the Engine at 1000 rpm. Seem less both on and off.
Second..Light throttle electric only. The Elect Motor, Gen 11, acts like a turbo or Super Charger kicking in. Even when cruising along at say,80 kph, a quick press of the Acceleration produces an instant thrust. Both Petrol and Electric in full song. With the newly developed Chassis, the handling is Mercedes like. Safe as Houses as they say.
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Yes and if you leave eco mode switched off acceleration is very abrupt.
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Two reviews of the '18 Camry Hybrid. It was named Drive car of the year 2018.

https://www.drive.com.au/new-car-rev...-review-117247

https://www.drive.com.au/car-of-the-...id-120140.html
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Right again Bryce, It took me only 15 minutes behind the wheel to appreciate the new Camry Hybrid. I had to wait several months for my choice of metallic Silver. An extra bonus was a $2000 discount on the base Model. I always found that Base Models are the best buys. Factory Sat Navs can be expensive to update, whilst portable Garmin Units come with life time updates for around $150. Plus, when I travel the Garmin plugs into the Hire Car. Our old Garmin Unit in our 204 C Class is right up to date with maps and Software. Garmin frequently send emails advising of new updates available for all models. Very easy do access online.
Cost benefit is my catch word.
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Abrupt ? well Motec it depends on how big your Boots are. I like to fall into the back when leaving the Traffic behind. !!
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Turning of eco button for traffic light derby to teach young whipper snappers their manners every now and again.
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Still enamored with Camry Hybrid. I have been driving a "New Commodore" for the past week..... well it was an Opel built in Poland with Commodore written on the back. It was ok for a high twenties $$ Car but not in the high thirties.
A 420,000 Camry Hybrid Taxi from Sydney Airport was still tight and very quiet.
The Opel at that mileage, who knows.
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