The Toyota Camry hit a major milestone this week, selling its 10 millionth copy in the U.S. The Camry accounts for about 20 percent of all Toyota sales in the U.S. since it was launched here in 1983.
Toyota Camry sales have skyrocketed over the past three decades. In the car's first year on sale, it sold 52,651 units, yet last year the Toyota Camry recorded a whopping 404,886 sales. And through the first half of this year, the nameplate has racked up 207,626 U.S. sales. The Toyota Camry is also the best-selling midsize sedan in America so far this year, beating the Honda Accord by 20,766 units through the end of June.
"We couldn't be more excited about Camry's 10 millionth sale in the U.S.," Toyota Motor Sales USA senior vice president Bob Carter said in a statement. "Camry has truly become part of the country's fiber."
Toyota says that of the 10 million Camrys sold, there are 6.4 million Camrys still in use on American roads. And even more remarkably, the company asserts that 773 examples of the original 1983 Toyota Camry are still running. Domestic production of the Toyota Camry began in Georgetown, Kentucky, in 1988, and in 2006 the company launched the first Toyota Camry Hybrid.
The Toyota Camry was renewed for the 2012 model year with a fresh design and numerous revisions to improve fuel economy. The sedan is offered with a 178-hp, 2.5-liter inline-four, or a 268-hp, 3.5-liter V-6. There is also a Camry Hybrid which achieves 43/39 mpg (city/highway) thanks to its inline-four engine and electric motor/generator. Pricing for the four-cylinder 2013 Toyota Camry starts at $23,030, after a $795 destination charge, while opting for a V-6 engine requires $28,055. The Camry Hybrid costs $26,935.