Motor Trend (www.motortrend.com) announced that the redesigned Toyota Camry is Motor Trend’s 2007 Car of the Year. The award goes to the entire Camry range, including the Camry Hybrid. The complete report on Motor Trend’s 2007 Car of the Year will be published in the January issue, available on newsstands December 5, 2006. Toyota is celebrating its second Car of the Year award in four years (it won 2004 COTY for the Prius). The Camry offers performance, efficiency, and roominess at a price point most Americans can afford, according to Motor Trend. Toyota offers the Camry with a regular four cylinder engine, or a V-6 that enables it to hit 60mph in just six seconds. The Camry Hybrid uses the same hybrid powertrain technology as Toyota’s Prius to maximize fuel economy. Featuring Toyota’s latest version of its Hybrid Synergy Drive technology, the 2007 Camry’s gas-electric engine delivers 187 horsepower and city/highway fuel economy of 40/38 miles per gallon. Motor Trend evaluates eligible vehicles for its “Car of the Year” based on three key categories: Significance (innovation in engineering, technology, design, safety and packaging), Superiority (class-leading levels of vehicle dynamics and performance) and Value. This year’s field of contenders for Car of the Year included: Chevrolet Aveo, Chrysler Sebring, Dodge Caliber, Honda Fit, Hyundai Elantra, Hyundai Entourage, Infiniti G35, Jaguar XK, Jeep Compass, Kia Optima, Kia Rondo, Kia Sedona, Lexus ES 350, Lexus LS 460, Mercedes Benz S-Class, Nissan Altima, Nissan Sentra, Nissan Versa, Porsche Cayman, Saturn Aura, Saturn Sky Redline, Suzuki SX4, Toyota Camry, Toyota Yaris, Volvo C70 T5, Volkswagen EOS, Volkswagen Rabbit.
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