Toyota Camry Solara
America's new convertible for 2004
2004 Toyota Camry Solara convertible
5th February 2004
Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., introduced its all-new Camry Solara Convertible during a press conference today at the 2004 Chicago Motor Show. The Solara Convertible will be on sale in March and will join the all-new second generation Solara Coupe, which was launched last year.
Distinguished by a power retractable convertible roof, headliner and rear glass window, the new model shares the same sleek, exterior design, roomy and luxurious interior, and sporty performance as the Solara Coupe.
The Solara Convertible will be manufactured exclusively at Toyota Motor
Manufacturing, in Georgetown (Kentucky). Toyota's manufacturing process allows the
Convertible to be produced in low volumes and with exceptional quality. Rather
than implementing the conventional method of cutting the top off of a coupe and
adding the convertible top, the vehicle has been designed as a convertible from
its conception, a process that ensures no compromises with design, performance
The Solara Convertible's specially MIG welded frame and thick body panels accommodate the top stack while providing a much higher degree of stiffness, safety, quality, dependability and reliability. The top stack is installed offline by plant team members who ensure the accuracy of receivers, targets, and window seals and check for wind noise and water leaks using an ultrasound device. Reinforcements have been optimally allocated throughout the vehicle to provide significantly higher torsional rigidity resulting in an improved ride, better handling, diminished road and wind noise and increased durability.
Solara Convertible is available in two distinctive model grades: SE, highlighted by sporty metallic-finish interior trim and SLE, with greater content and a woodgrain-style interior trim.
Like the Solara Coupe, the Convertible has a rakish profile and spacious
passenger room. The design emphasizes an arc-shaped theme with a continuous line
from the front to rear bumper. The ample proportions project a substantial,
All Solara Convertibles receive California Level II Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV-II) and EPA Tier II Bin 5 certification, underscoring Toyota's commitment to environmental compatibility.
The front and rear suspension in the Solara Convertible is mounted to
anti-vibration sub-frames, ensuring a smooth, quiet ride that can be compared
with many luxury models. Solara Convertible further delivers on its promise of
more fun-to-drive performance by using a sport-tuned suspension in both
All Solara Convertible models are equipped with standard front seat-mounted
side airbags as well as dual stage SRS airbags for driver and passenger that
include an occupant classification sensor. A new magnetic front seat belt guide
improves in-and-out access of the rear passengers and the ease of loading and
unloading of cargo.