Geraldton Man Wins Toyota Camry Hybrid In National Competition

Geraldton Man Wins Toyota Camry Hybrid In National CompetitionThe owner of a newly established small business has won a Toyota Camry Hybrid in a national competition to write the best 25-word description of driving a Camry.

The Camry Expo national test drive event winner is Shane Foreman, from Geraldton in Western Australia.

His win could be the entrée to more than a decade of Camry ownership.

The competition rules provide for a second new Camry on the five-year ownership anniversary of the first vehicle, and another new Camry after that if he maintains ownership of the second vehicle for five years.

Mr Foreman collected his top-of-the-range Camry Hybrid Luxury in July and has already sampled it on the open road, visiting his wife's parents' farm during the school holidays.

Mr Foreman was a school teacher until the end of 2011, when he established a new business selling high-quality, low-energy Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting.

He submitted a Camry Expo competition entry after a test drive at Geraldton Toyota.

His winning entry read: "The dream lives on...... the quiet exhilaration of comfort and power slips away from the ordinary to a world of class and style."

After his first week driving the new car, he described it as "just brilliant, I'm loving it".

"It provides great economy on the open road and comfort-wise, it's lovely to drive - a very well appointed car, with lots of power."

Mr Foreman said he entered the Camry Expo after visiting Geraldton Toyota to test drive a hybrid Toyota Prius.

"My wife Jane and I heard about the Prius at the launch of our business at the Master Builder's Association here in Geraldton, where Toyota were the co-sponsors of the evening, and thought maybe it was the car for us," he said.

"At the dealership, we had the opportunity to drive the Camry Hybrid and enter the Camry Expo competition."

The new-generation Camry Hybrid has the latest version of Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive powertrain, including a new 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and a high-torque electric motor.

The system's combined output is 151kW, with power varied between the petrol engine and electric motor, or combined as needed.

The 2.5-litre engine uses the Atkinson cycle to achieve maximum efficiency while producing more power and torque than the previous engine.