New 2025 Camry competition.

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The revised 2025 Toyota Camry has just been introduced in China, and already, it seems some new serious competition is coming out.

The Uni-V sedan from Changan seems like a very attractive alternative to the stodgy Camry, which is still mostly the same as the 2017 model. This Changan Uni-V isn’t new either since it first came out in 2021, and just got a few mid-cycle revisions. It is also a bit smaller than the Toyota. Still, for some reason, it does remind me of the Camry. Or at least makes me think of what the new Camry should have been.

The Uni-V is a hybrid car but is also available with 2 PHEV powertrains. One with a 31 miles EV range the other with 69 miles. There is also a pure ICE version. Just like the Camry in China.

I also think the interior looks pretty fantastic, again, a much nicer design than any version of the 2025 Camry, in the US or China. And the Changan is also a real hatchback.

As far as pricing, I’m not sure about the new Camry’s price in China, but the Changan Uni-V starts at around $ 15,000 and goes all the way up to $ 17,500. And this is the main point. Most new Chinese cars we hear about are EVs, but they are also offering many Hybrids and PHEVs, in more and more countries. China became the world’s largest exporter of cars last year. These are not sold in North America but are already competing pretty much everywhere else. These are huge companies most Americans have never heard of, yet already competing with American manufacturers around the world.

Also, could someone tell me why the model is staring at the sun?

Conversation 5 comments

  1. The interior seems very Peugeot to me.

    This seems somehow MORE derivative than Camry. Also, Vince, you prefer the Chinese Camry, but to me it looks more sedate and generic than the American Camry!

    Also also, we all know that Chinese cars aren’t going to last as long as Japanese or American cars under any circumstances. My friend was selling a Lincoln Nautilus the other day and the customer curbed the wheel on the test drive and rather than get scraped up, the wheel actually just broke apart and the car had to be towed. It was at like 10-15 mph. Chinese culture has a prevalent and pervasive concept called “chobuduo,” which means ‘good enough.’ They aren’t putting cars together as well because they aren’t even trying to be the best. They are trying to be good enough!

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