May 16, 2003

Toyota adds new 5-speed automatic, more horsepower to 2003 Camry V6

Toronto, Ontario – Toyota Canada announced that, effective immediately, all 2003 Camry LE V6, XLE V6 and SE V6 models will receive a more powerful 3.0 litre V6 engine and a new 5-speed automatic transmission.

The aluminum 3.0-litre quad-cam V6 engine now produces 210 horsepower at 5,800 rpm (an increase of 18 horsepower) and 220 lb/ft of torque at 4,400 rpm (11 lb/ft more than the previous V6).

Production of the new V6 Camrys began earlier this year and the new models will begin to appear in Toyota dealerships immediately as part of the 2003 model year.

“Toyota is committed to adding quality and value to our vehicles and to getting the improved product to customers as quickly as possible, even if it’s in the middle of a model year,” said Tony Wearing, Group Vice President at TCI.

In addition to a lighter-weight aluminum alloy block, the new engine uses a number of advanced technologies to increase efficiency and performance. Toyota’s sophisticated Variable Valve Timing-intelligent (VVT-i) controls intake valve timing according to engine load for improved responsiveness, power and torque as well as reduced emissions. The system also incorporates a new electronic (“drive by wire”) throttle control to help create smooth response at any speed while achieving an Ultra-Low Emissions Vehicle (ULEV) certification for fuel economy and emissions performance.

For even more efficiency and performance, the V6 engine is outfitted with a 3-stage Acoustic Control Induction System (ACIS) that uses valves inside the intake manifold to create the effect of three intake runner lengths. The ECM (Electronic Control Module) selects between these options according to engine operating conditions to make a pulse of high intake pressure immediately available when the intake valve opens. This creates a light supercharging effect for additional torque at all engine speeds.

The higher-output engine is mated to a compact new automatic 5-speed transmission. The grade-sensitive transmission monitors driving conditions, including speed, load and operating temperature, as well as throttle position to efficiently control gear selection and
optimize shift points. On inclines, the transmission delays upshifts to sustain power; on descents it holds a lower gear to use engine braking.

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