Toyota Won’t Restart Production Of Camry Solara Convertible

June 10, 2009

Production of both the Camry Solara Coupe and Convertible was brought to a halt last year but while sales of the hard-top have already ceased you can still buy the convertible model, but not for too long according to comments from a Toyota rep. Due to poor sales in the midsize convertible market, Toyota won’t be restarting production of its Camry Solara Convertible, which was last built in December 2008.

The car will still be available in showrooms for at least the next two years, however, as Toyota has enough inventory on hand to last until that time. That will be the end of the road for the Camry Solara Convertible as no replacement is planned, leaving the new Lexus IS C as the company’s most affordable convertible model.

Toyota’s U.S. manufacturing spokesman Rick Hesterberg confirmed that there were no plans to restart production of the Camry Solara convertible. “I think there was some hope that eventually during the spring/summer months the market would bear a need,” he said. “We kept the tooling, just waiting to see, but that never came to fruition.”

The Camry Solara Convertible is just the latest in a spate of convertible model cuts in recent times, with the Honda S2000, Chrysler PT Cruiser, and Pontiac G6 and Solstice convertibles all either dropped or on their way out. Anyone still looking for a midsize convertible will still be able to purchase the Chrysler Sebring, Ford Mustang, and Volkswagen Eos convertibles, but even some of these may be phased out soon.

Filling the void at Toyota’s Georgetown, Kentucky plant where the Camry Solara Convertible was built will be increased production of the Venza crossover.

[Ward’s Auto]

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