Camry wins ‘Car of the Year’
Motor Trend gives its coveted award to most popular car model sold in U.S., giving Toyota another edge in sales battle.
The Camry is the one car rival automakers all wish they could build. It offers something for nearly everyone -performance, efficiency, and roominess – at a price point most Americans can afford.
Last year’s award went to the redesigned Civic from Japanese competitor Honda.
The Camry has been the best-selling car in the U.S. for a number of years, edging out the Honda Accord.
Camry’s U.S. sales have been basically flat so far this year, with a 1.6 percent rise, while Toyota Motor posted a 12.2 percent gain in U.S. sales through the first 10 months of the year.
Camry sales have been tempered as Toyota made the shift the to newly-designed model, which hit showrooms this fall. Still the 374,717 sold through October is enough to stay ahead of the Accord.
Motor Trend gives its car of the year award to a new or redesigned vehicle. The Camry beat out six models from the U.S. automakers, nine from Japanese competitors, five from Korea, four from Germany, one from England and one from Sweden.
Among those beat out were the Korean-built Chevrolet Aveo, the Kia Rondo and Sedona, the Saturn Sky Redline, the Chrysler Sebring, the Suzuki SX4, the Dodge Caliber, the Lexus ES 350 and LS 460 and the Honda Fit.