These last couple of weeks the community of automobile fans – Toyota fans especially – was a bit shocked with the company’s bold move of recalling the whole 1993 Camry model line-up, which was backed by somewhat offensive official statement, which, to put it lightly, claims that nobody should be driving a 20+ years old car in 2015. Toyota’s spokesman, Haruki Kinoshita, said that with all the latest technological advancements available today, driving a car from more than two decades ago isn’t really a very thought-through thing to do. He then goes on, saying that all the executives, engineers and everybody else at the company recognize the reliability and rigidity of the 1993 Camry, but still strongly recommend letting go of the old piece of junk.
Well, not in those exact words, but, close enough. This isn’t a typical thing for a spokesman to say, so, that’s why the folks all around the globe have been posting countless posts scolding and praising the man. The strange thing is, if we forget for a moment about who said those words, they actually become pretty true. I mean, I know a lot of oldtimers who still love driving those old cars from back in the day, like 1993 Camry. And I always try to convince them to switch those ridiculous vehicles to something new, progressive and safe, but, so far, I’ve managed to “lure” into the prosperous world of new and shiny cars only 3 drivers. What can I tell you guys – they just don’t want to change anything with their cars – “It’s Fine By Me” they say.
1993 Camry: New Equals Better
Haruki-san tried to sweeten his words a bit, saying that he doesn’t want people to switch to the latest 2015 Camry, or the newest hybrids, or even go ahead and purchase a Toyota vehicle whatsoever. The main message, if you will, of his speech was – You gotta go from old school to new school. Couldn’t have said it better myself! That’s right – don’t go from the bottom to the top immediately. Try driving a 2003, or 2008 edition for a change – I promise you’ll love it. You’ll get a better driving experience, more comfortable seats, all the latest techy features, superior fuel-efficiency, and, above all, reliability and safety that the old models just can’t compete with.
And, to finish up, I gotta warn all the vintage lovers that Toyota is also (implicitly) telling owners of 1994 and 1998 Camry models that it’s too late for them as well – it’s time to take that leap of faith and go with something new – something from the 21st century as least.
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Check out this video: Short Takes: 1993 Toyota Camry (Start Up, Engine, Full Tour).