Toyota Passenger Car Chronology

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**NOTE:  All chronology dates are model year, unless noted otherwise.  CY refers to "Calendar Year."**
 
AVALON
 
Series Chronology
 
1995 - Introduced as top-of-line replacement for Cressida.
1995 - Named “Best Buy in the Luxury Car Segment,” Consumer’s Digest
1997 - Receives new alloy wheel design, additional options.
1997 - Among “Best Buys,” Consumer’s Digest
1998 - Facelifted front and rear fascia, addition of side airbags.
1998 - Among “Best Buys,” Consumer’s Digest
1998 - “Best Overall Value in Large Class,” IntelliChoice, Inc. Complete Car Cost Guide
1999 - “Best Overall Value in Large Class,” IntelliChoice, Inc. Complete Car Cost Guide
1999 - “Top Three Vehicles in APEAL, Premium Midsize,” J.D. Power
2000 - Second generation Avalon introduced
2000 - Rated “Best of 2000” by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
2000 - “Best Buy,” Consumer’s Digest
2000 - “Best Large Car Value,” IntelliChoice
2000 - Among Consumer Guide’s Recommended Large Cars
2001 - EPA rated “Most Fuel Efficient”
2001 - Consumer Reports names Avalon “Best Large Sedan”
2001 - AutoPacific’s Vehicle Satisfaction Score (VSS) award for Premium Mid-Size Car
2001 - Womanmotorist.com’s Reader’s Choice Awards – First Place for Full-Size Sedan
2001 - Among Consumer Guide’s Recommended Large Cars
2002 - AutoPacific’s Vehicle Satisfaction Score (VSS) award for Luxury/Large Car
2002 - Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) names Avalon “Best Pick.”
2002 - Intellichoice Best Overall Value Large Class
2002 - Womanmotorist.com Reader’s Choice Awards – First Place for Full-Size Sedan
2002 - Among Consumer Guide’s Recommended Large Cars
2003 - Minor changes to exterior front grille and taillamps, new standard features.
2003 - Among Consumer Guide’s Recommended Large Cars
2004 - “Women’s Automotive Satisfaction” for Full-Size Cars, Good Housekeeping
2004 - “Best Bet,” The Car Book 2004
2004 - Consumer Reports “Most Satisfying” – Family/Large Sedans, April 2005
2004 - Among Consumer Guide’s Best Buy Large Cars
2005 - Third generation Avalon introduced, designed by Calty
2006 - Among Consumer Guide’s 2006 Best Buy Large Cars
2006 - “Best Value in America” for Large Cars, Vincentric
2006 - IntelliChoice Motorist’s Choice Award - Large Class
2007 - AutoPacific’s Vehicle Satisfaction Award (VSA) in Large Car Category
2008 - Avalon receives new six-speed transmission, revised braking system along with updated exterior and interior.
2008 - Edmunds.com’s 2008 Consumers’ Top Rated for $25K - $35K Sedan Category
2008 - AutoPacific’s Vehicle Satisfaction Award (VSA) for Large Car
2008 - Consumer Reports “Most Satisfying” – Large Cars Category
2009 - IIHS Top Safety Pick Award
2009 - U.S. News & World Report’s 2009 Best Car for the money award
 
When the Cressida was dropped from the Toyota lineup in 1991, the Camry XLE V6 took its place as Toyota's flagship sedan.  When the Avalon debuted in fall 1995 it took over the mantle of flagship, and it introduced an all-new class of car for Toyota, representing the next level of quality, comfort and refinement.  Avalon was the most sophisticated, spacious and best-equipped sedan ever offered by the manufacturer. 
 
Built exclusively at Toyota Motor Manufacturing (TMM) in Georgetown, Ky., Avalon was produced with the needs and desires of the American public in mind.  Much of the design of both the interior and exterior was performed by the Toyota Technical Centers (TTC) in Michigan, Arizona and California.
 
Avalon was powered by a version of the 3.0L, 24-valve all-aluminum V6 engine that was in the Camry.  With its 192-horsepower engine (more than the Camry due to different intake and exhaust plumbing), four-speed automatic transmission and superior aerodynamics, Avalon's fuel economy was on par with Camry.
 
All Avalons were equipped with standard dual airbags and offered ABS as an option.
 
The 1997 Avalon continued on essentially unchanged, but revised intake and exhaust plumbing resulted in a horsepower increase to 200, up seven.  ABS became standard on all models, while traction control became available for the first time.
 
For 1998, Avalon saw its first minor change with the introduction of chrome front and rear fascia trim, bodyside molding and license-plate bezel.  The grille was revised and multi-reflector headlights provided better illumination.  The trunk lid incorporated a spoiler-like design, and the jeweled taillights were also new.  On the inside, side airbags were made standard, as were pretensioner seatbelts with force-limiters.  Optionally available were heated seats with two-position memory.  The chassis also underwent extensive reinforcement, resulting in less torsional flex, lower NVH and improved crash-worthiness.
 
For 2000, Avalon entered its second-generation roomier, more powerful and more technically advanced than its predecessor. 
 
The Avalon has always been a vehicle of firsts for Toyota.  It was the first Toyota vehicle built exclusively in America.  It was the first true joint venture between Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) of Japan and Toyota Technical Center (TTC) of America.  And, it was the first Toyota product to be classified as a domestic vehicle according to CAFE standards.  Now the all-new Avalon is the first Toyota vehicle with both a Japanese and an American chief engineer.  Furthermore, the all-new Avalon styling was designed at Toyota California design studio in Newport Beach, Calif.
 
The 2000 Avalon was powered by an improved 3.0L V6 engine with Variable Valve Timing - intelligent (VVT-i) that generated more horsepower and torque, higher fuel efficiency and lower emissions.  The engine produced 210 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 220 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm.  Estimated city/highway fuel economy was 21/29 mpg. 
 
All Avalons featured dual front- and side-airbag systems as standard equipment and offered vehicle skid control, traction control and Brake assist as options.
 
For the next two model years (2001 and 2002) Avalon carried over unchanged with the exception of a new color, Stratosphere Mica in 2002.
 
The Avalon entered the 2003 model year with minor changes to the exterior and upgrades to the interior.  It featured a new grille, wider lower air intake with a new design for fog lamps, and revised tail lamp configuration.  The XLS was upgraded with numerous standard features including driver’s side electrochromic mirror, leather-wrapped steering wheel with wood grain-style trim, available remote controlled DVD navigation system, rain-sensing windshield wipers and new 16-inch alloy wheels. The XL grade featured a newly designed multi-information display and perforated leather trim was available.
 
The Avalon carried over unchanged for the 2004 model year, with the exception of Vehicle Stability Control (VSC).  VSC became available as an option on XL models.
 
For 2005, the all-new third-generation Avalon was completely redesigned to feature improved performance and a more luxurious interior.  The Avalon went from final styling approval to production in a mere 18 months, the quickest development time of any North American-produced Toyota. 
 
A sleek grille with chrome accented horizontal bars and character lines defined a more contemporary Avalon profile.  From the rear, large tail lamps and an elegantly sculptured trunk defined the Avalon.  In addition, dual rear exhaust outlets offered a sporty touch to the vehicle’s larger dimensions, which derived from a four-inch longer wheelbase and a one-inch longer width. 
 
The Avalon received an all-new 3.5L, 24-valve VVT-i V6 engine that produced 280 horsepower and 260 lb-ft torque.  With this engine, Toyota introduced a unique roller rocker concave cam profile that provided faster opening and later closing of the valves which was a key contribution to Avalon’s power increase.  Estimated EPA fuel economy ratings were 22 city/31 highway.
 
The Avalon brought several firsts to the Toyota lineup, including side mirrors featuring memory, integrated LED turn signal and puddle lamp on the Limited grade.  Toyota’s first low-profile wiper blade was uniquely developed for the Avalon.  The one-piece blade assembly contributed to the reduction of frozen blades.  In addition, a Remote Engine Starter was made available on all Avalon grades equipped with the factory alarm system as a port-or dealer-installed option.
 
Interior features of the 2005 Avalon included a seven-way adjustable steering column, sliding armrest, rear flat floor and reclining rear seats. 
 
Front airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags, front and rear side curtain airbags and a driver’s knee airbag became standard safety features on the 2005 Avalon.  
 
A new Touring grade was also introduced that featured a more firmly tuned suspension, higher coil spring rates, fog lamps, rear lip spoiler, graphite finish wheels and a leather-trimmed charcoal interior.
 
New features for Limited models included the Smart Key System, power driver’s seat cushion length adjuster and driver and front passenger seat heater and fan. 
 
For the 2006 model year, VSC became optional for XL and Touring models.  Heated front seats also became options for Touring grade.
 
For 2007, the Touring trim level offered an optional navigation system, and all models gained a Tire Pressure Monitoring System.
 
For 2008, the Avalon received a number of changes and upgrades. Outside, a new front bumper, grille and headlamps, and smoked tail lamps; new 17-inch six-spoke wheels were found on the Touring and XLS grades; and the outside handles were chrome. In the interior, the XLS and Limited grades got a new, rich dark wood grain and chrome trip. On all grades, the multi-information display was updated and the audio systems include a standard AM/FM/six-disc CD changer and a standard mini-jack for MP3 players. With the JBL audio upgrade, Bluetooth was also available.
 
Further accenting the interior was a new leather shift knob, chrome accents on center heating, ventilating and air conditioning and a standard coin holder.  XLS and Limited grades got available eight-way power front passenger seat and an available front passenger power lumber adjustment. The XL grade received an available four-way power front passenger seat with leather trim.
 
Mechanical upgrades for the 2008 model year included a new six-speed automatic transmission, a new braking system that included 16-inch front discs and aluminum rear calipers; a standard in-key remote and engine-start (RKE); and rear sun-shade function on Limited. 
 
Model year 2009 Avalon received a number of standard safety upgrades.  Active headrests, Brake Assist, TRAC, and VSC were made standard on all grades, as well as a new color keyed satellite capable antenna on the roof.  A new color, Cocoa Bean Metallic, was added to the line up, and eight-way driver’s seat adds memory option to the XLS grade.  The Touring grade became longer available; however, the dark interior (formally on the Touring package) was made available on the XLS and LTD grades.
 
For the 2011 model year, Avalon receives a minor change. This includes a two-grade lineup: Avalon and Avalon Limited. Leather upholstery and sun roof are now standard equipment. A new dash design allows the use of available touch-screen navigation. Avalon also receives Smart Stop Technology to add to the standard Star Safety System components
 
What does it mean?
Avalon:  Named for an island paradise from Celtic mythology.   Portrays images of comfort, spaciousness and sophistication.
  
Where is it built?
All Avalons are built at Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Georgetown, Ky.
 
**NOTE:  All chronology dates are model year, unless noted otherwise.  CY refers to “Calendar Year.”**
 
 
CAMRY
 
Series Chronology
 
1983 - Introduced as replacement for Corona.
1983-1994 - Among “Best Buys” by Consumers Digest.
1985 - “Most Trouble-Free Car in America,” Consumer's Digest.
1987 - Second generation introduced.
1987 - All Camrys powered by 2.0L DOHC engines.
1987 - Introduction of All-Trac to Camry line.
1987 - Introduction of Camry wagon. 
1987 - Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Inc. (TMM) announced. 
1988 - First year of U.S.-built Camrys.         
1988 - V6 added to Camry line.
1988-1990 - Rated “Most Trouble-Free Compact Car,” by Consumer's Digest.
1990 - Family Circle “Family Car of the Year.” 
1990 - TMM receives J.D. Power Gold Plant Award.
1990 - Named “Best in Class” in Initial Quality by J.D. Power & Associates.
1990 - Among “Top Ten Models in Initial Quality,” J.D. Power & Associates.
1991 - TMM receives J.D. Power Silver Plant Award.
1991 - Among “Top Ten Models in Initial Quality,” J.D. Power & Associates.
1992 - Third generation introduced.
1992 - Wins Family Circle “Family Car of the Year.”
1992 - New Camry moves to mid-size classification.
1992 - Among “Top Ten Models in Initial Quality,” J.D. Power & Associates.
1992 - Among “Ten Best Cars,” Car and Driver.
1992 - “Import Car of the Year,” Automundo Magazine.
1992-1993 - Camry ranks in Top-10 in Initial Quality, J.D. Power.
1993 - Coupe model introduced. 
1993 - TMM receives J.D. Power Gold Plant Award. 
1993 - Named “Best in Price-Class,” J.D. Power.
1993 - Among “Ten Best Cars,” Car and Driver.
1993 - Named “All Star” by Automobile Magazine.
1993-1994 - “Family Car of the Year” Sedan Finalist, Family Circle.
1994 - All-aluminum V6 engine introduced.
1994 - TMM receives J.D. Power Gold Plant Award.
1994 - “Top Ten Models in Initial Quality,” J.D. Power & Associates.
1994 - “Best Overall Value” – Subcompact/Wagon over $15,000, Intellichoice
1994 - “Best Overall Value” – Compact Class over $16,500, Intellichoice
1995 - Minor front and rear fascia changes.
1996 - “Best Buy in Family Car Segment,” Consumer’s Digest.
1996 - “Best of What’s New,” Popular Science
1997 - Coupe and Wagon discontinued. 
1997 - Fourth generation introduced.
1997 - Camry is best-selling-car in America for both ’97 model and calendar year
1997 - Among “Best Buys,” Consumer’s Digest
1997 - “Best Family Sedan,” Consumer Reports
1997 - Among “Most Reliable Used Vehicles, MY ‘89-95,” Consumer Reports
1997 - Among “Ten Best Cars,” Car and Driver
1997 - Named “Automobile All Star,” Automobile Magazine
1997 - “Golden Wheel Award Vehicle of the Year,” African Americans on Wheels
1997 - “Total Quality Award – Compact Car,” Strategic Vision, Inc.
1998 - Camry Solara sport coupe is introduced for ’99 Model Year.
1998 - Camry is best-selling car in America for second consecutive year
1998 - Among “Best Buys,” Consumer’s Digest
1999 - “Best Passenger Car in Initial Quality,” J.D. Power
1999 - Among “Best Buys,” Consumer’s Digest
1999 - Rated “A Best Overall Value in Midsize Class,” IntelliChoice, Inc. Complete Car Cost Guide
1999 - Camry is best-selling car in America for third consecutive year
2000 - “Best Buy,” Consumer’s Digest
2000 - Among Consumer Guide’s Best Buy Midsize Car 
2000 - Among “Best Picks for Safety,” Money Magazine
2000 - “Best Family Car,” Consumer Reports
2000 - Camry is best-selling car in America for fourth consecutive year 
2001 - Special “Gallery Series” edition available on the Camry LE
2001 - AutoPacific’s Vehicle Satisfaction Score (VSS) award for Mid-Size Car
2001 - AutoWeek’s America’s Best Award
2001 - Among Consumer Guide’s Best Buy Midsize Car 
2002 - Fifth generation Camry introduced
2002 - “Best Family Sedan” in Money Magazine’s Car Guide 2002 (March 2002 Issue)
2002 - Received the International Carwash Association Most Washable Car award
2002 - Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) – “Best Pick” rating for 40-mile per hour front offset crash test
2002 - Detroit News names Camry “Car of the Year.”
2002 - Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) names Camry “Best Pick.”
2002 - International Car Wash Association award for “Most Washable Car.”
2002 - Camry is best-selling car in America for fifth time in the last six years
2003 - Beginning in January 2003, Camry receives a PZEV engine for models with four-cylinder engines and automatic transmissions sold in California.
2003 - Camry is best-selling car in America for sixth time in the last seven years (CY 2003)
2003 - Among Consumer Guide’s Best Buy Midsize Car 
2004 - Changes to engine and drivetrain for XLE and SE models; Limited Edition Camry
2004 - “Best Bet,” The Car Book 2004
2004 - Camry listed as “Best Sedan” and Camry LE named “Best Vehicles for $25,000 or Less,” car – Consumer Reports
2004 - “Best Cars for Families” sedans category, AAA/Parents magazine
2004 - Among Consumer Guide’s Best Buy Midsize Car 
2005 - 5-speed automatic transmission and VSC available for 4-cylinder models; ABS standard for all; minor style freshening.
2005 - Among Consumer Guide’s 2005 Best Buy Midsize Cars
2005 - 4-cylinder Camry on Consumer Reports list for “Most Reliable,”  Sedans, Camry LE 4-cylinder and V6 listed as “Best Vehicles for $25,000 or Less,” Cars
2005 - Camry is best-selling car in America for the fourth year in a row and eighth time in the past nine years.
2006 - Among Consumer Guide’s 2006 Best Buy Midsize Cars
2006 - Car Book 2006 “Best Bet”
2007 - Sixth generation Camry introduced
2007 - Camry Hybrid is first Toyota hybrid to be built in the U.S.
2007 - Camry Hybrid named “Eco-Friendly Car of the Year” by Cars.com Lifestyle Awards
2007 - Camry Hybrid named “Best Environmentally-Friendly Car for Women” by FAMA-AUTOS
2007 - Among MotorWeek “Drivers’ Choice” award winners
2007 - Camry Hybrid named “Cars.com Lifestyle Award Winner”Most Eco-Friendly Car of the Year category.
2007 - Camry given the “Editor’s Choice Award” by Cars.com – Commuters category.
2007 - Given the “Editor’s Choice Award” by Cars.com – First Car: Solid Choices under $20,000            category.
2007 - Given the “Editor’s Choice Award” by Cars.com – Small Families category.
2007 - Camry Hybrid named one of the “Top Five Green Vehicles for 2007” by Green Car Journal Online.
2007 - Camry named one of the “Best Cars for Families,” AAA/Parents Magazine.
2007 - “Car of the Year,” Motor Trend
2007 - “Hybrid of the Year,” Autobytel
2007 - “Best New Midsize Car,” Autobytel
2007 - “Green Car of the Year,” Green Car Journal
2007 - “International Car of the Year,” Road & Travel
2007 - “Best of the Best,” (Hybrid Version) The Detroit News
2008 - Camry named “Best-Selling Automobile” by Los Angeles Business Journal
2008 - Consumer Choice Award – “#1 Overall Most Requested New Vehicle” by Autobytel/MyRide.com
2008 - Consumer Choice Award – “Most Requested New Passenger Car” by Autobytel/MyRide.com
2008 - Consumer Reports “Most Satisfying” – Family Cars Category
2008 - Named top hybrid car for 2008 by U.S. News and World Report
2009 - U.S. News & World Report’s 2009 Best Car for the money award
2009 - Named Best New Family Vehicle by Kelley Blue Book’s kbb.com
2009 - “Best Bets,” Cars.com
2010 – 2.5-liter four-cylinder and six-speed automatic transmission; restyle front and rear.
 
Introduced in 1983 to replace the Corona, the Camry soon took its place as Toyota's value- and volume-leader.
 
Camry was introduced as a front-wheel drive vehicle available in either four-door sedan or five-door hatchback configuration.  It won acclaim from Consumer's Digest in 1986 as a "Best Buy", and has remained on the list since then. 
 
In 1986, Toyota broke ground on an all-new production facility in Georgetown, Ky., Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Inc. (TMM), with the first U.S.-built Camry rolling out of the plant in 1988.
 
The 1987 model year saw the introduction of the second generation Camry.  With it, Toyota also introduced a new 2.0L 16-valve four-cylinder engine, followed in 1988 by a new 2.5L 24-valve V6.  The 1987 model year also saw the release of a station wagon to replace the hatchback, and the option of All-Trac, Toyota's full-time all-wheel-drive system, on all models.
 
Camry grew up for 1992.  The third-generation model was larger in every dimension than the previous model, and Camry became classified as "midsize."  Engines were now 2.2L four-cylinder units (producing almost as much power as the previous V6, but with four-cylinder economy), and 3.0L V-6s.  Due to dwindling sales and high engineering costs, Toyota dropped the All-Trac model.  Domestic production soared and TMM became the sole production facility world-wide for the Camry station wagon.
 
Safety had always been an important consideration for the Camry, and in 1994, it was available with dual front airbags as standard equipment.  The vehicle also met 1997 side-impact standards three years before it was required to.
 
1994 also saw the addition of the U.S.-built Camry coupe to the lineup.  Available with both four- and six-cylinder engines and in DX, LE and SE trim levels, it brought a new audience to Camry.
 
All-new for 1997, the new Camry was quieter, lighter and more powerful with better ride quality and improved handling. 
 
Both of Camry’s engines received horsepower and torque increases.  The new CE base-grade (replacing DX nomenclature) reintroduced the five-speed manual V6.
 
With an additional two inches in wheelbase, a lowered beltline and swept-back windshield, the 1997 Camry’s cabin was more spacious and inviting.  NVH was reduced and new convenience features included separate rear headrests, dual rear cupholders, front overhead storage console, a glove box volume increase of 29% and a second power port for cellular phones and other electronic equipment. The power mast antenna was eliminated on the LE and XLE models and replaced with an on-glass antenna. 
 
The 1997 Camry was the safest Camry yet, meeting or exceeding all current and foreseeable crash test criteria for North America, Europe and Asia.  New safety features included enhanced impact protection, a three-point seatbelt to the center rear seat, and an optional Child Restraint System (CRS) with fabric seats. Traction control, offered for the first time on a front-engine front-wheel drive Toyota, was an available option for 1997.  ABS was now standard on all models except the four-cylinder CE, in which it could be ordered as a low-cost option.
 
For 1998, both four- and six-cylinder engines (with the exception of the five-speed/V6 combination) were rated as Low Emission Vehicles with the EPA.  Other changes to the line were the introduction of the redesigned sound system head units found in all 1998 Toyotas and two new colors.
 
For 2000, the Camry sedan received exterior styling enhancements with a new front fascia that features a new grille and bumper design and multi-reflector headlamps.  Camry’s styling featured new rear combination taillights with wider horizontal reflectors and a new bumper design for a smoother appearance.  Camry’s side protection molding was also redesigned, with XLE models adding a chrome accent.  The exterior enhancements were capped off with new 15-inch wheel covers for the LE grade and 16-inch aluminum alloy wheels for the XLE V6.
 
The interior received convenience upgrades in the area of audio systems, new fabric seats and value packages that include leather-trimmed interiors and power seats.  The interior also received simulated wood trim as standard equipment.
 
For 2001, the Camry offered a special “Gallery Series” edition on the Camry LE grade.  It featured a two-tone exterior paint, upgraded two-tone seat fabric, leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather-wrapped shift knob, carbon fiber trimmed center stack and shift plate, chrome accent door lock levers and HVAC vents, chrome-tipped exhaust, “Gallery Series” badging, five-spoke aluminum wheels and chrome painted LE wheel covers.
 
The 2002 Camry was completely redesigned. It featured the first all-new platform in 10 years, making it roomier, quieter and more powerful. A new SE model grade was available with a sportier look. An all-new 2.4L four-cylinder with variable valve timing (VVT-i) powered the Camry. It generated 157 horsepower and achieved 23/32 mpg city/highway fuel economy. Camry also offered a 3.0L V6 that generated 192 horsepower. The V6 achieved 20/28 mpg city/highway. Both engines were EPA-certified Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEV). Three model grades were offered - LE, SE and XLE.  A DVD-based navigation system was newly available. This GPS system had a faster calculating time than all of its competitors in the U.S. market.
 
The 2003 Camry entered the new model year unchanged, with the exception of standard fog lamps on the XLE grade and available power adjustable pedals on all trim levels with automatic transmission.
 
The 2004 Camry received a few upgrades to select models. The SE V6 model received a new 3.3L V6 engine with VVT-i that produced 225 horsepower and 222 lb-ft of torque.  XLE and SE models became available with a five-speed super electronically-controlled automatic transmission with intelligence (SECT-i). A Limited Edition Camry LE model featured a unique exterior as well as interior enhancements.
 
The 2005 Camry featured freshened exterior styling with redesigned headlights, taillights, grille and wheels. The interior receives several enhancements, including Optitron instrument gauge meters, and, for the LE model, chrome interior door handles and gearshift base. The LE and XLE grades featured new seat fabric, while leather seating surfaces were standard on the XLE V6 model. 
 
On four-cylinder models, a five-speed automatic transmission replaced the four-speed automatic as an option. Anti-lock Brakes (ABS) became standard on all models, and four-cylinder models could for the first time be equipped with the optional Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) system.
 
The 2006 Camry was a carry-over with the exception of navigation becoming available as a stand-alone option on SE V6 models.
 
The sixth generation, Camry was redesigned for the 2007 model year.  It featured a longer wheelbase and wider track for a comfortable ride and roomy interior.
 
The Camry was available in four grades, CE, LE, SE and XLE and for the first time as a hybrid model featuring Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive.  
 
The CE, LE, XLE and Camry Hybrid rode on 16-inch steel or aluminum wheels, while the sporty SE got unique aluminum 17-inch wheels. Models with the V6 engine have dual exhaust with chrome tips.   
 
Standard features on CE models included air conditioning with a pollen filter, power windows and door locks, cruise control, Optitron gauges, tire-pressure monitor system and six-speaker 160-watt digital AM/FM/CD audio system with an auxiliary audio jack.    
 
SE models had sport-tuned suspension calibrated for a firmer ride and better handling, black honeycomb-style grille, ground-effects body enhancement, smoked tint halogen headlamps, unique sport-trimmed interior and amber-colored Optitron gauges. 
 
XLE content included upgraded dual-zone automatic climate control with steering-wheel controls, a premium 440-watt JBL audio system with Bluetooth® technology for hands-free calling, and reclining rear seats.   Four-cylinder XLE models come standard with special seat fabric designed to be gentle on the skin.
 
The Camry Hybrid was certified as an Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV).  Its heating and air conditioning featured Plasmacluster ionizer technology which helped reduce airborne mold spores, microbe, fungi, odor, germs and bacteria inside the passenger cabin.  
 
With the exception of updated darker wood trim on XLE grade cars, the 2008 Camry was carried over from 2007.
 
For 2009, the Camry was largely carried over with the exception of a change of an optional wheel finish on the LE grade.  CE grade was renamed Camry grade.
 
For 2010, the Camry sedan received exterior styling enhancements with a new front fascia that featured a new grille and bumper design and larger projection headlamps.  Camry’s styling featured new rear combination taillights a new bumper design.  The exterior enhancements were capped off with new alloys for XLE and SE and new wheel covers for LE.
 
The interior received auto up/down power window with jam protection on all four door, available USB port for auxiliary music source and Bluetooth on LE and SE models, available Smart Key on XLE four-cylinder and SE with automatic transmission.  Camry Hybrid received an  enhanced meter cluster and Fraichir cloth seating surfaces.
 
For 2011,Camry receives Smart Stop Technology to add to the Start Safety System.
 
What does it mean?
Camry:  From the Japanese Kan-Muri, meaning "crown".
 
Where is it built?
All Camrys are built at the Tsutsumi Plant in Toyota City, Japan, TMMK in Georgetown, KY, and the SIA (Subaru of Indiana Automotive) plant in Lafayette, Indiana.

**NOTE:  All chronology dates are model year, unless noted otherwise.  CY refers to “Calendar Year.”**
 
 
CAMRY SOLARA
 
Series Chronology
 
1998 – Camry Solara introcuced as a 1999 model
1999 - “Best Car in Vehicle Satisfaction, Sporty Car,” AutoPacific, Inc.
1999 - Among “Best Buys,” Consumer’s Digest
1999 - “Total Quality Award,” Strategic Vision, Inc.
2000 - “Best Buy,” Consumer’s Digest
2001 - Among Consumer Guide’s Best Buy Midsize Car 
2000 - Introduced all-new Camry Solara convertible
2001 - Among Consumer Guide’s Best Buy Midsize Car 
2002-  Front and rear fascias are updated, along with other interior minor refinements.  A new four-cylinder engine is available.
2004 - All-new second-generation Camry Solara is introduced
2005 - Second-generation Convertible arrives in the spring of 2004.
2006 - Solara receives freshened exterior for 2007 model.
2006 - “Best Value in America” for Convertibles under $39,000, Vincentric
2007 – Restyle front and rear fascia, along with other interior minor refinements.
2008 – Carryover.
2009 – Discontinued.
 
The 1999 model year brought the introduction of the all-new Camry Solara sport coupe.  It became Toyota’s newest entry in the sport specialty segment. 
 
Solara was aimed at consumers entering their peak earning years, who are nostalgic for the sports cars of their youth, but need more room and comfort than a sports car can provide. 
 
Camry Solara became the first Toyota Division vehicle to take full advantage of Toyota’s North American engineering, styling and manufacturing facilities.  It was jointly engineered by Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan and the Toyota Technical Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  It was styled at Toyota’s CALTY Design Center in Newport Beach, Calif. and built exclusively at Toyota’s award-winning production facility in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada.
 
For 2000, the Solara was powered by either a four-cylinder or V6 engine, equipped with either five-speed manual or four-speed electronically controlled transmissions.  Solara rode on four-wheel independent MacPherson strut suspension including front and rear stabilizer bars with anti-vibration sub-frames and gas-filled shocks.  Solara offered an Upgrade Package that included 16-inch alloy wheels and tires, a perforated leather-wrapped steering wheel, a tighter, more controlled level of suspension tune, and a rear spoiler.  The package was offered on the SE model with the V6 engine.
 
On the inside, all Solaras were equipped with an assortment of high-level feature content such as power windows, doors and locks, cruise control, fog lamps and dual-illuminated vanity mirrors.  On the outside, Solara was available in 10 exterior colors and all colors were complimented by coordinating interiors in either Ivory or Charcoal.  Standard safety features included a driver- and front-passenger airbag Supplemental Restraint System (SRS), driver- and front-passenger seatbelt pre-tensioners and force limiters, three-point seatbelts in all seating positions and four-wheel Anti-Lock brakes. 
 
For 2000, a convertible was added to the Solara lineup.
 
The 2001 Camry Solara carried over with no new changes.  The Solara Convertible was unchanged as well, with the exception of one new exterior color, Indigo Ink.
 
For 2002 the Camry Solara received slight cosmetic changes. It received more aggressive front bumpers and headlight assemblies. The rear had new attractive taillights. The Solara received an all-new 2.4L four-cylinder that generated 157 horsepower.
 
The 2003 Camry Solara coupe and convertible were both unchanged.
 
The 2004 Camry Solara was completely redesigned and was introduced in August, 2003. Camry Solara production was shifted from Cambridge, Ontario Canada to Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK) in Georgetown. 
 
The 2004 model was distinguished by a sleek, new exterior design, a roomier, more luxurious interior, enhanced safety technology and a higher level of sporty performance.
 
Solara became available in three distinctive model grades: SE, highlighted by sporty metallic-finish interior trim, SE Sport with an aggressive body kit and a unique interior, and the SLE with greater content and a woodgrain-style interior trim. 
 
The new SE Sport grade combined an exclusive body styling kit with suspension and interior enhancements to give this model a sharply defined performance image and feel.
 
As before, Solara offered both four-cylinder and V6 engines.  However, the 2004 model gained a significant performance boost thanks to a new 3.3L VVT-i V6 engine available in all models.  The all-aluminum V6 produced 225 horsepower at 5,600 RPM and 240 lb-ft of torque at 3,600 RPM, compared to 198 horsepower and 212 lb-ft of torque from the previous 3.0L V6. The V6 is teamed exclusively to a new five-speed sequential automatic transmission.
 
A convertible model with power top arrived in the spring of 2004 as a 2005 model. The Solara Convertible was available in SE and SLE grades, both powered by a 225-horsepower 3.3L V6 engine that is optional for coupe models. To ensure passenger comfort, the convertible top featured a headliner and a glass rear window. An available windscreen could be installed when the top is down to further suppress wind turbulence. The all-window control system allowed the driver to open and close all door- and quarter-windows by pressing one button on the instrument panel.
 
For the 2006 model year a five-speed sequential automatic ECT-i became standard on all four-cylinder models while driver-seat power lumbar support became standard on SE and SE Sport grades.
 
Camry Solara was extensively updated for 2007, with a redesigned front fascia, rear bumper, LED taillamps and new audio system that integrated an audio auxillary input jack, MP3 CD playback and satellite radio capability.  Bluetooth® wireless technology for hands-free telephone compatibility also became available.
 
The Camry Solara for 2008 was unchanged from the 2007 model year.
 
The Camry Solara for 2009 was discontinued.
 
What does it mean?
Coined name portraying the radiance of the sun.
 
Where is it built?
Camry Solara’s are built exclusively at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky (TMMK) in Georgetown, Kentucky.
 
**NOTE:  All chronology dates are model year, unless noted otherwise.  CY refers to “Calendar Year.”**
 
 
COROLLA
 
Series Chronology
 
1966 - Introduced in Japan. 
1968 - Introduced in U.S. as sub-compact replacement for Crown.
1968 - Originally equipped with 1.1L four-cylinder SOHC engine.
1970 - Roomier second generation introduced, avail 1.2L engine. 
1970 - Became #2 best-selling import
1971 - 1.6L engine introduced.
1974 - Third generation introduced.
1976 (June) - Five millionth Corolla produced.
1979 - Fourth generation introduced. 
1983 (March) - 10 millionth Corolla produced.
1984 - Fifth generation, front-wheel drive introduced.
1984 - Joint venture with General Motors (NUMMI).
1984-90 - Among “Best Buys,” Consumer’s Digest.
1987 - FX introduced.
1988 - Corolla's 20th Anniversary in U.S., sixth generation.
1988 - Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada opened.
1988 - Named “Best in Class in Initial Quality,” J.D. Power & Associates.
1988-1994 - Included in J.D. Power Top 10 Quality Survey. 
1990 (June) - 15 millionth Corolla produced.
1990 - Named “Best in Class in Initial Quality” by J.D. Power & Associates.
1992 - Named “Best in Class in Initial Quality” by J.D. Power & Associates.
1993 - Seventh generation introduced, moves to compact size.
1993 - Among “Best Buys,” Consumer’s Digest.
1993 - Received Popular Mechanics “Design and Engineering Award.”
1993 - Named “Family Car of the Year” Sedan Finalist by Family Circle.
1994 - NUMMI receives J.D. Power Silver Plant Award.
1994 - Named “Family Car of the Year” Sedan Finalist by Family Circle.
1994 - Named “Best Overall Value” in its class by Intellichoice
1995 - NUMMI receives J.D. Power Bronze Plant Award.
1995 - TMM Canada receives J.D. Power Gold Plant Award.
1996 - Minor front and rear styling update.
1997 - Among “Most Reliable Used Vehicles,” ’89-’95, Consumer Reports
1997 - Wagon discontinued. 
1997 - Production for all U.S. units moved to North America.
1998 - Eighth generation introduced, new 1.8L engine developed.
1998 - MotorWeek “Drivers’ Choice” award as “Best Small Car”
1998 - Among “Best Buys,” Consumer’s Digest
1998 - “Best New Car,” Kiplinger Buyer’s Guide to New Cars and Trucks
1999 - Among “Best Buys,” Consumer’s Digest
1999 - Named “Best Compact Car in Initial Quality,”  J.D. Power
1999 - “Best in Compact Car Segment,” J.D. Power Initial Quality Ranking
2000 - Added Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i)
2000 - Named “Best Buy,” Consumer’s Digest and among Consumer Guide’s 2000 Recommended Compact Cars
2001 - Features new exterior styling, now available in CE, LE and sporty S grade
2002 - Named with Prius “Best Bets,” The Ultimate Car Book
2003 - Ninth generation Corolla is introduced, available in CE, LE and S grades.
2003 - Among Consumer Guide’s 2003 Recommended Compact Cars
2004 - Corolla LE named “10 Best Cars for Your Buck,” compact sedan, Smart Money
2004 - Corolla LE named “Best Vehicles for $25,000 or Less,” Consumer Reports
2004 - Named “Most Dependable Compact Car,”  J.D. Power & Associates
2005 - New high-performance XRS model with 170-hp engine; minor style freshening.
2005 - Among Consumer Guide’s 2005 Recommended Compact Cars
2005 - Consumer Reports - “Most Reliable” – Small Car, Corolla LE listed as “Best Vehicles for $25,000 or Less” - Cars 
2006 - Among Consumer Guide’s 2006 Recommended Compact Cars
2007 - Among MotorWeek “Drivers’ Choice” award winners
2009 - Tenth generation Corolla is introduced in Standard, LE, XLE, S, and XRS grades
2009 - AutoPacific and Intellichoice.com’s Motorist Choice Awards for Compact Car 
2009 - Named top ten winner for “Best Resale Value” by Kelley Blue Book
2009 - IIHS Top Safety Pick Award
2009 - “Best Bets,” Cars.com
2010 – Added Vehicle Stability Control and TRAC as standard equipment.
2010 – Earned Insure.com “Low Cost Car Insurance Award” 
 
Originally introduced in Japan in 1966 and the U.S. in 1968, the Corolla was intended to mix quality, style and economy into one package.  The result was an instant U.S. success, and Corolla became the second best-selling imported vehicle in the U.S. in 1970.
 
The 1970 update came about as the U.S. market required a vehicle with more room and power than the original 1.1L Corolla could deliver.  Powered by new 1.2L and 1.6L engines, the Corolla continued its best-selling ways in the U.S.  From 1974-1977, Corolla was the best-selling vehicle in the world. 
 
June, 1976 saw the five millionth Corolla roll off the production line.  By 1982, with worldwide production at almost ten million units, Corolla was being exported from Japan to 116 countries worldwide.
 
Toyota joined with General Motors to re-open an older plant in Fremont, Calif., in 1984, creating New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc. (NUMMI), where U.S. production of the Corolla would take place.  Sharing production space with the Corolla was G.M.'s Chevrolet Nova (later replaced by the Geo Prizm.)  Both were basically re-skinned Corollas.
 
The Corolla coupe, equipped with a four cylinder, 16-valve DOHC engine, was introduced in 1984.  Dubbed the GT-S, it offered the highest performance of any Corolla model and remained in production until 1991.
 
In 1987, NUMMI's labor came to fruition with the introduction of the FX line of front-wheel drive vehicles.
 
In 1988, with the introduction of the sixth generation, all Corollas, except three-door hatchbacks, were front- or four-wheel drive.  The model mix was now comprised of three-door hatchbacks and FXs, four-door sedans and five-door wagons, and available in either front- or four-wheel drive (All-Trac).
 
The 1993 Corolla, the seventh generation, was an all-new creation and drew heavily upon Camry and Lexus styling and engineering.  Corolla came standard with a driver's side airbag, and was available with 1.6L and 1.8L engines.  It had also moved to occupy the EPA classification of “compact,” recently vacated by Camry's 1992 move to “mid-size.”  A passenger-side airbag was added for 1994.  
 
By the end of 1993, Corolla worldwide production had exceeded 17-million units.  Corolla is truly Toyota's “world car.”     
 
Minor updates to Corolla’s styling were made in 1996, with a revised front fascia and one-piece faired-in tail lamp assembly.  This year also saw the deletion of the LE grade to better delineate the difference between Corolla and Camry.  Other changes involved new wheel covers and the addition and deletion of certain colors.
 
The 1997 model year saw the addition of enhanced side-impact protection to meet the strict Federal standard, and the discontinuation of the Wagon model.  In order to continue to enhance Corolla’s family value, a new Classic Edition model was introduced.
 
In the 30 years since its introduction, Corolla had sold more cars worldwide than any other nameplate!
 
For 1998, the all-new Corolla was powered by a new 120-horsepower 1.8L engine dubbed the 1ZZ-FE.  All-new exterior styling brought Corolla back to sportier roots with the body registering a lower drag coefficient than a Supra Turbo.
 
Continuing Corolla’s safety history (the first Toyota with passive seatbelts, first front-wheel drive Toyota sold in the US), the 1998 model went one step further.  Standard equipment dual airbags and front seatbelts with pretensioners and force-limiters worked in concert with Toyota’s Passive Safety Body to meet or exceed all current and foreseeable safety standards worldwide.
 
An optional Sports Package became available that added a front sway bar, color-keyed mudguards, rocker panel extensions and white-faced gauges.
 
The 1999 model year saw option packages modified to further enhance Corolla’s exceptional value.
 
For 2000, Corolla’s power was improved by adding VVT-i variable-valve technology that increased engine horsepower from 120 to 125 without sacrificing fuel economy.  The use of VVT-i also lowered emissions, enabling Corolla to become EPA-certified as a Low Emission Vehicle (LEV).
 
The 2001 model year received new styling to the exterior and was equipped with a standard five-speed manual transmission.  The new S grade provided a sporty image with front grille and protective body side moldings and bucket seats. The S and LE grades were available with a four-speed ECT automatic transmission.  The CE trim level was available with a three-speed automatic transmission.  The 2001 Corolla was the first Toyota model to offer a safety inside-trunk release.
 
In 2002 the Corolla moved ahead unchanged.  It still offered affordable and reliable transportation in three trim levels (CE, S and LE) to suit the individual customer.
 
The 2003 Corolla was completely redesigned and launched in February 2002. This new Corolla was longer, taller and wider. It continued to be available in three grades - the value-driven CE, the upscale LE, and the sporty S grade.  Even though the new Corolla was larger and heavier, it was also quicker and faster.  Powered by a 1.8L, four-cylinder twin-cam engine with variable valve timing (VVT-i), Corolla produced 130 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm, an improvement of five horsepower over the previous generation, and 125 lb-ft of torque @ 4,200 rpm.
 
The Corolla carried over unchanged for the 2004 model year, with one exception to exterior color – Desert Sand Mica replaces Sandrift Metallic.
 
The big news for Corolla for 2005 was the addition of a new high-performance XRS model, packing a retuned 170-hp version of the Celica GT-S engine, a 6-speed manual transmission and specially tuned suspension. Visually, the XRS was similar to the Corolla S.  The Corolla XRS offered enthusiasts a factory-tuned and customized model at an affordable price and with a full factory warranty.
 
All Corolla models for 2005 featured a redesigned front grille, bumper and headlights, plus redesigned taillights. For the first time, the VSC system became available in Corolla S and LE models equipped with the automatic transmission. Various upgrades included an engine immobilizer, low tire pressure warning system with the optional ABS and shift-linked locks (automatic transmission only). The CE grade gained a height-adjustable driver’s seat, and the LE offered an optional six-disc in-dash CD changer.
 
The Corolla was not changed in 2006 and remained unchanged for 2007.
 
For 2008, the Corolla remained unchanged.
 
Virtually every aspect of the 2009 Corolla has been improved in the new model, offering greater safety, comfort and performance while still returning up to 35 MPG in highway driving.  It is now available in five grades—Standard, LE XLE, S and XRS grades.  The Corolla is offered with a pair of fuel-efficient four-cylinder engines, a new 1.8-liter and a re-engineered 2.4-liter.
 
The 2009 Corolla was built around a stiff body structure that relies on high tensile-strength steel, gussets and crossmembers for its strength, rigidity and lightweight construction.
 
Toyota's Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) was standard on all Corolla models. Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) with Traction Control (TRAC) and off switch were available as options. The new-generation Corolla offered generous headroom, legroom and shoulder room similar to the previous model, but was redesigned to provide improved comfort, usability and storage.
 
For 2010, Corolla carryover with the addition of Vehicle Stability Control and TRAC as standard equipment.
 
What does it mean?
Corolla: The outer envelope or crowning portion of a flower.
 
Where is it built?
With the closure of the NUMMI plant in 2010, Corollas are now built at the Takaoka Plant in Japan, and at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada (TMMC) plant in Ontario, Canada.

**NOTE:  All chronology dates are model year, unless noted otherwise.  CY refers to “Calendar Year.”**
 
 
COROLLA MATRIX
 
Series Chronology
 
2003 - All-new Corolla Matrix introduced in January 2002 as a 2003 model.
2003 - Among Consumer Guide’s 2003 Recommended Compact Car
2004 - “Best Bet,” The Car Book 2004
2004 - Matrix XR named “Best Vehicles for $25,000 or Less,” wagons, Consumer Reports
2004 - Among Consumer Guide’s 2004 Best Buy Compact Car
2005 - Redesigned front fascia, optional curtain airbags, and dynamic handling upgrades.
2005 - Among Consumer Guide’s 2005 Best Buy Compact Car
2005 - Matrix XR (FWD) listed on Consumer Reports “Best Vehicles for $25,000 or Less” – Cars, Matrix XR (AWD) “Best Vehicles for $25,000 or Less” – SUVs
2006 - Among Consumer Guide’s 2006 Best Buy Compact Car
2006 - “Best Value in America” for Wagon, Vincentric
2007 - Given the “Editor’s Choice Award” by Cars.com – First Car: Solid Choices under $20,000 category.
2009 - Completely redesigned, the all-new second generation Matrix is introduced in Base, S, and XRS grades
2009 – “Best Bet,” The Car Book 2009
2009 - “Best Bets,” Cars.com
2010 – Added Vehicle Stability Control and TRAC as standard equipment.
2010 – Kiplinger’s 2010 Best Value Award
 
 
The 2003 Toyota Matrix, introduced in February 2002, was a crossover utility vehicle (CUV) that combined the style and fun of a sports coupe with the room and utility of a small SUV for the price of a compact sedan.
 
Toyota designed the Matrix at its Calty Design Studio in Newport Beach, Calif.  Designers call the theme “street performance utility.” Unique “edge-web” detailing blended sharply creased surfaces with rounded web-like contours to create strong, flowing character lines.  The three-window side profile gave the Matrix driver excellent outward visibility.  The interior was as sporty as the exterior, with Optitron gauges set in cylindrical, chrome-rimmed instrument housings.
 
There were three model grades – standard, XR and XRS.  A front spoiler with integrated fog lamps, rear underbody spoiler, side rocker panels, and 16-inch aluminum alloy wheels gave the XRS an even bolder street performance look to go with its high-power muscle.
 
Both the standard Matrix and the Matrix XR were powered by a 130-horsepower 1.8L engine and came in front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive (4WD) configurations.  The 4WD drive system added all-weather versatility, using a viscous coupling to send power to the rear wheels in response to slippage at the front wheels.  The XRS was front-drive only.
 
The standard Matrix and Matrix XR were powered by a double-overhead-cam 1.8L four-cylinder engine with VVT-i that produced 130 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 125 lb-ft of peak torque at 4,200 rpm.
 
The Matrix XRS provided a high-performance driving experience with its 1.8L, four-cylinder DOHC engine that came from the Celica GT-S, along with that model’s six-speed manual transmission.  The engine produced 180 horsepower at 7,600 rpm and 130 lb-ft of peak torque at 6,800 rpm. 
 
The 2004 Matrix carried over with minor enhancements.  Two new exterior colors, Phantom Gray and Super Yellow were added, while Desert Sand was discontinued. The 115-volt and two 12-volt power outlets were discontinued on the base grade model, while 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels with all-season tires became available and the XRS model was available only with a six-speed manual transmission.
 
For 2005, Matrix featured freshened front styling with a redesigned grille, bumper and fog lights, as well as new tail lamps. VSC became available on base and XR models with the automatic transmission. Various upgrades included an engine immobilizer system, a low tire pressure warning light (with the optional ABS), shift-linked door locks (4x2 automatic only) and optional curtain airbags. The base grade gained a height-adjustable driver’s seat, and a six-disc in-dash CD changer was added to the XRS option list.
 
The Matrix remained unchanged for 2006 with the exception of an available JBL premium AM/FM stereo with in-dash six-disc changer for XR models.
 
For 2007, the XRS model was discontinued.
 
The Matrix remained unchanged for 2008.
 
The all-new 2009 Matrix has been redesigned, offering a wider, lower stance than the previous model, but maintains interior space and creates a more engaging driving experience.  The Matrix offers the choice of two different engines, 1.8 or 2.4-liters, a five-speed manual transmission, and either four- or five-speed automatic transmissions.  Matrix is available in three grades – Standard, S and the XRS. All-wheel drive returns to the Matrix in the S grade, teamed to the new 2.4-liter engine. 
 
For 2010, Matrix carryover with the addition of Vehicle Stability Control and TRAC as standard equipment.
 
What does it mean?
Corolla: The outer envelope or crowning portion of a flower.
Matrix: The situation or substance from which something else originates; the name fits the cross functional nature of the vehicle as this crossover utility vehicle effectively combines features of an SUV and passenger car in a versatile manner. “Matrix” has an edgy, urban sound.
 
Where is it built?
Corolla Matrix is built exclusively at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada, Inc., Ontario, Canada.
**NOTE:  All chronology dates are model year, unless noted otherwise.  CY refers to “Calendar Year.”**
 
 
YARIS
 
Series Chronology
 
1999 - Introduced in Europe in 1999.
2000 - Yaris named 2000 European “Car of the Year” and “Japan Car of the Year”
2007 - All-new Yaris introduced in the U.S. in March 2006 as sub-compact replacement for the ECHO.
2008 - Yaris gets a direct type tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) and the new sport-themed Liftback S model is added.
2008 - Among “Top 10 Best Small Cars” by GAYOT.com
2008 - Included on U.S. News and World Report’s “The Thrifty 50” list for economy cars.
2009 - Named top ten winner for “Best Resale Value” by Kelley Blue Book
2010 – Earned Insure.com “Low Cost Car Insurance Award”
2010 – Kiplinger’s 2010 Best Value Award
2010 – Edmunds 2010 Lowest True Cost to Own Award
 
First launched in Europe in 1999, the Yaris was named the 2000 European “Car of the Year” and has become Toyota’s best-selling model in the European market.  Yaris was also named “Japan Car of the Year,” marking the first time the same vehicle captured both honors in the same year.  Introduced to the U.S. for the 2007 model year as the ECHO replacement, the Yaris is Toyota’s most affordable and youthful passenger car.
 
The 2007 Yaris Liftback was styled at Toyota’s European design studio, ED2 and Toyota TMC Design Division.  The Liftback and Sedan rode on an all-new platform that is longer and wider than its European predecessor.
 
The Yaris Liftback was offered in one grade, while the Sedan is offered in two grades, adding a sport-themed Yaris S.
 
Yaris Liftback was characterized by a modern mono-form shape, chrome-trimmed grille, large taillights and wide rear door.  Like the Liftback, the Sedan also features a “T” face grille.  The Sedan also had a wide trunk, stretched cabin and long wheelbase.  Both the Liftback and Sedan rode on P175/65 R14 tires with steel wheels and full wheel covers. 
 
Standard features on the Liftback and Sedan included rear headrests in each seating position, air conditioning, tilt steering wheel, tinted glass, digital clock, map light, intermittent windshield wipers with mist control, and dual sunvisors with vanity mirrors. 
 
Both models were powered by a 1.5L four-cylinder engine with variable valve timing with intelligence (VVT-i) that produced 106 horsepower and 103 lb-ft torque. 
 
For 2008, Yaris received several enhancements, including a direct type tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS), a parking brake unlock reminder system and, for the Sport Grade only, a front and rear spoiler, amber Optitron gauges, a tachometer, sport seat fabric, leather steering wheel and shift knob and S badging.
 
The versatile new five-door Yaris joined the three-door Liftback and four-door Sedan, making the 2009 Yaris the only model in its segment to offer a choice of three body styles. All Yaris models featured as standard equipment an anti-lock brake system (ABS), front seat-mounted side airbags and front and rear curtain side airbags. Cruise control became available on Liftback models; audio systems were made iPod® capable. A revised body kit and new interior color scheme distinguished Yaris Sport models.  New colors for the Liftback included Carmine Red and Yellow Jolt (for all Liftback models).  For the Sedan, new exterior colors included Zephyr Blue Metallic and Blue Streak Metallic. 
 
All Yaris models are receiving Smart Stop Technology – a brake override system to add to the now standard Star Safety System components. The Liftback model sees Yellow Jolt and Carmine Red Metallic colors discontinued, and Polar White is now changed to Super White. The Sedan will have two colors discontinued: Blue Streak Metallic and Zephyr Blue, and will see Silver Streak Mica changed to Classic Silver Metallic.
 
What does it mean?
The name Yaris stems from the Greek goddess Charis, the symbol of beauty and elegance, the city of Paris, a cultural epicenter, and the German expression of affirmation and agreement, pronounced “ya.”   
 
Where is it built?
The Liftback is built at the Takaoka Plant and Toyota Industries Corporation in Japan. The Sedan is built at Kanto Jidosha Plant also Japan.
 
**NOTE:  All chronology dates are model year, unless noted otherwise.  CY refers to “Calendar Year.”**
 
 
PRIUS
 
Series Chronology
 
1997 - Prius goes on sale in Japan becoming the world’s first mass-produced gas/electric hybrid vehicle
2000 - Prius is launched in the U.S market as a 2001 model year
2001 - American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy named Prius “Greenest gasoline-powered passenger sedan in the United States”
2001 - Society of Automotive Engineers named it “Best Engineered Car of 2001”
2001 - Ward's Auto World magazine named the Prius gas/electric hybrid system one of the "10 Best Engines for 2001"
2001 - Named one of Environmental Protection Agency’s “Best Compact Cars” in the 2001 Fuel Economy Guide
2001 - Womanmotorist.com’s Reader’s Choice Awards – First Place for Eco Cars
2001 - AutoPacific’s Vehicle Satisfaction Score (VSS) award for Alternative Fuel Vehicle
2002 - Prius became available with four factory options.
2002 - AutoPacific’s Vehicle Satisfaction Score (VSS) award for “Green” car
2002 - Consumer Reports names Prius “Best Driving Green”
2002 - Womanmotorist.com Reader’s Choice Award in Eco Car segment.
2004 - All-new, second-generation Prius is introduced.
2004 - Motor Trend Magazine names Prius “Car of the Year”
2004 - “North American Car of the Year”; “Car of the Year,” Motor Trend
2004 - “10 Best Cars,” Car and Driver Magazine
2004 - “Ten Best Engines,” Ward’s Auto World
2004 - “Design of the Year,”Automobile Magazine
2004 - “25 Best Products of the Year,” Fortune Magazine
2004 - “Best of What’s New,” Popular Science Magazine
2004 - Driver’s Choice Award “Best Eco-Friendly,” Motor Week
2004 - “Top Picks for 2004” Green Car, Consumer Reports
2004 - Best Engineered Vehicle for 2004, Automotive Engineering International
2004 - Awarded a Gold in the 2004 Industrial Design Excellence Awards
2004 - “Consumers’ Most Significant Vehicle of the Year for 2004,” Consumer Reports
2005 - Consumer Reports “Most Satisfying Vehicle” – Small Car, April 2005 issue 
2005 - Minor changes to standard equipment.
2005 - “Best Car Value Under $23,000,” IntelliChoice’s Best Overall Value of the Year Award
2005 - Consumer Reports “Top Pick” – Green Car, “Most Reliable” – Hybrid, listed as “Best Vehicles for $25,000 or Less” – Cars; Kelly Blue Book’s “2006 Best Resale Value” – Hatchback
2006 - “Greener Choices 2006” and “Best of 2006,” American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
2006 - “Best Value in America” for Midsize Cars under $23,000, Vincentric
2007 - Touring Edition is introduced
2007 - Given the “Editor’s Choice Award,” Cars.com.
2007 - “Best Deal Award,” Cars.com – Easy Being Green category.
2007 - Named “Top Pick” in Green Car category by Consumer Reports.
2007 - “Best Car Value Under $23,000,” Kelly Blue Book
2007 - “Best Green Cars,” Bars.com
2008 - A Standard Package replaces the Base Package in 2008 Prius
2008 - Named “Most Satisfying Vehicle Overall” by Consumer Reports
2008 - Awarded number one in “Top 10 Green Cars” by Kelly Blue Book
2009 - Named top ten winner for “Best Resale Value” by Kelley Blue Book
2009 - “Best Car Value Under $24,000,” IntelliChoice’s Best Overall Value of the Year Award
2009 - “Best Bets,” Cars.com
2010 - All-new, third-generation Prius is introduced.
2010 – Kelly Blue Book “2010 Best Resale Value: Hybrid/ Alternative Fuel Car”
2010 – Kelly Blue Book “Best Resale Value: Top Ten”
2010 – Kiplinger’s 2010 Best Value Award
2010 – International Engine of the Year – “Green Engine of the Year” Award 
 
The Toyota Prius, the world’s first mass-produced hybrid vehicle, was a breakthrough in combining an efficient, powerful gasoline-fueled internal combustion engine and a clean, quiet electric motor.  Configured as a stylish, roomy, five-passenger family sedan, the Prius went on sale in the U.S. in August, 2000 with an MSRP of $19,995.         
 
Prius carried an EPA label fuel economy rating of 52 miles per gallon city and 45 highway, and an SULEV (super ultra low emission vehicle) certification - about 75 percent cleaner than ULEV and nearly 90 percent cleaner than LEV for smog forming exhaust gases.
 
Offered initially in one trim level, standard equipment on the Prius includes ABS brakes, climate-control air conditioning, power windows, door locks and mirrors, an AM/FM/cassette stereo system, an eight-year/100,000-mile battery and hybrid system warranty.  Prius also comes with complementary seven-day/24-hour roadside assistance and three-year basic maintenance programs.
 
The 2002 Prius carried over unchanged with the exception of four new factory options - cruise control, daytime running lights, SRS side-impact airbags for driver and front passenger and DVD-based navigation system.  Two new exterior colors were added, Brilliant Blue Pearl and Blue Moon Pearl.
 
The Prius remained unchanged for the 2003 model year. For exterior colors, Blue Moon Pearl was discontinued and Black became available.
 
For 2004, the all-new second-generation Toyota Prius gas/electric hybrid vehicle featured significantly more power and performance than the previous model, as well as best-in-class fuel economy and best-in-market emissions performance.
 
Larger and better in every metric of comparison, Prius launched Toyota’s second generation of gas/electric hybrid technology and is the first hybrid vehicle available to provide the room, comfort and features of a midsize sedan.
 
The 2004 Prius was the first Toyota product to employ Hybrid Synergy Drive, the latest in hybrid powertrain technology. The new system produces more power from both the gasoline engine and the electric motor, giving the new Prius acceleration comparable to a 4-cylinder midsize car.
 
Like the original Toyota Hybrid System (THS) employed in the previous model, Hybrid Synergy Drive is defined as a full hybrid system.  Unlike competitive systems currently on the market, the full hybrid system is capable of operating in gas or electric modes, as well as a mode that combines the power of the gas engine and electric motor. 
 
The Prius entered 2005 with just minor change.
 
The 2006 Prius received freshened front and rear lamps, advanced airbags, Tire Pressure Monitoring System and four new exterior colors: Magnetic Gray, Barcelona Red, Silver Metallic, and Silver Pine Mica.  In addition, a leather-trim interior and steering wheel, rear camera and MP3-media capability and universal mini-jack connector became available. A new Touring Edition model for 2007 offered a more engaging driving experience.  In addition, the 2007 Prius gained standard driver and front passenger seat-mounted side airbags and front and rear side curtain airbags, which were previously optional.
 
The 2008 Prius received a detail change: a Standard Package replaced the Base Package. This deleted cruise control, tonneau cover, wheel trim ring, heated mirrors and seat-back pocket.
 
For 2009, the Prius carries over unchanged.
 
For 2010, the all-new third-generation Toyota Prius gas/electric hybrid vehicle featured significantly more power and performance with a bold and aggressive new design, true midsize comfort and convenience, leading edge technology, as well as world-class fuel economy.
 
2011 is a carry-over year for the Prius.
 
What does it mean?
Prius is Latin for “to go before,” suggesting it is a predecessor of cars to come.
 
Where is it built?
The first-generation Prius was built at the Motomachi Plant in Toyota City, Japan. The second and third -generations have been built at Tsutsumi Plant also in Toyota City, Japan and Toyota Auto Body in Aichi, Japan.
 
**NOTE:  All chronology dates are model year, unless noted otherwise.  CY refers to "Calendar Year."**
 
 
VENZA
 
Series Chronology
 
2009 - All-new Venza introduced in late 2008 as a 2009 model.
2009 – AutoPacific Ideal Vehicle Award for premium mid-size crossover SUV
2010 – Carryover with standard USB port for auxiliary music source, iPod connectivity and Bluetooth® on all audio units.
 
The launch of the Venza in late 2008 gave Toyota customer a stylish alternative to the traditional sedan.  A versatile five-passenger vehicle for buyers with active lifestyles, Venza couples the styling and comfort of a passenger car with the flexibility of a Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV).
 
Built exclusively at Toyota Motor Manufacturing (TMMK) in Georgetown, Ky., Venza caters to buyers who are looking for the value and reliability of a Camry, the comfort and upscale refinement of an Avalon, and the utility and flexibility of a Highlander in one very stylish and sporty package.  Much of the design of both the interior and exterior was performed by the Toyota Calty Design Center in Newport Beach, California.
 
Venza was powered by a new 2.7-liter 16-valve four-cylinder engine with 182-horsepower mated with a six-speed sequential-shift electronically-controlled automatic transmission.  It was also available with a 3.5-liter 24-valve V6.  The four-cylinder and V6 models were available in front-and All Wheel Drive (AWD) configurations. 
 
All Venzas were equipped with standard driver and passenger advanced airbags, driver and front passenger seat-mounted side airbags, front and rear side curtain airbags, driver’s knee airbag, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), TRAC, Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA).  Venza rides on four-wheel independent MacPherson strut suspension including front and rear stabilizer bars and gas-filled shocks. 
 
Venzas were equipped with an assortment of high-level feature content such as fog lamps, chrome exhaust tip, privacy glass, aluminum alloy wheels, tilt/telescopic adjustable steering wheel, optitron meter, illuminated vanity mirrors, rear seat personal reading lamps, power windows, doors and locks, and cruise control.
 
For 2010, the Venza was largely carried over with the exception of the audio unit.  USB port for auxiliary music source, iPod connectivity and Bluetooth® was not standard on all audio units.
 
The 2011 Venza will see the addition of Smart Stop Technology to the standard Star Safety System.
             
What does it mean?
Venza is a combination of the words “venture” and “Monza,” a city in Northern Italy with a race course named Autodromo Nazionare Monza.  The name was chosen because the combination of the words emphasize “venture,” outdoor leisure and driving performance.
 
Where is it built?
Venza is assembled at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK) in Georgetown, Ky. on the same line as Camry.  The four-cylinder engine is assembled from the Kamigo plant in Japan.  The V6 engine is assembled at TMMK.