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2018 Toyota Camry production kicks off in Kentucky

by Byron Hurd
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Toyota's dominant midsizer is all-new.

Production of the 2018 Toyota Camry kicked off in Kentucky Tuesday, marking the beginning of the eighth generation of Toyota's benchmark family sedan.

The 2018 Camry is new from the ground up, but you wouldn't necessarily know it from a cursory glance at what seem to be incremental improvements. There's something to be said for not messing around with a formula that works.

While then industry has started to shy away from larger-displacement, naturally aspirated engines (looking at you, Honda Accord), Toyota is sticking with them. The 2.5L four-cylinder and 3.5L V6 return (with revisions and upgrades) as does the hybrid. The four-cylinder engine is also paired to an all-new, eight-speed automatic transmission.

Riding on the Toyota New Global Architecture platform, the new Camry promises to be more nimble, more comfortable and more rigid despite the fact that the car has grown. Toyota claims its engineers put a priority on dynamic performance. In other words, they say it's more fun.

Inside, the new Camry receives Toyota's Entune 3 infotainment system, bringing with it Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, along with WiFi connectivity for up to five devices. Emphasis was placed on improving the quality of interior materials and NVH.