Natural Gas – Conversions, Vehicles and Technology

Toyota Develops Surfrider Camry Hybrid CNG

November 10, 2009

TORRANCE, CA --- Toyota Motor Sales (TMS) U.S.A. Inc. has partnered with the Surfrider Foundation to create a specially modified Camry Hybrid fueled by compressed natural gas (CNG). 

The Toyota Surfrider Camry Hybrid CNG and two modified Prius gas-electric hybrid vehicles were on display in the "environmental lifestyle zone" of the Toyota vehicle display at the 2009 SEMA Show. The show took place Nov. 3-6 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. 

 The CNG system was built by Metal Crafters of Fountain Valley, Calif. To convert the stock Camry Hybrid to a CNG vehicle, the gasoline fuel system was replaced with a CNG system in the spare tire well area. 

Toyota also teamed with Street Image to further modify the Camry Hybrid CNG show car for the 2009 SEMA Show. The exterior of the vehicle was given a sportier concept look with the installation of an aggressive body kit featuring a custom front grill and unique rear bumper that covers the tail pipe and exhaust system. The overall ride height was lowered on an adjustable coilover suspension, allowing the car to hug the set of 20-inch alloy wheels rolling on Toyo Proxes 4 tires. A new multi-colored vehicle wrap that features CNG and Surfrider logos completes the look. 

The inside was modified with several enhancements, including a custom gray suede and black leather upholstery, interior lighting and an enclosed trunk area with a viewing window to display the CNG fuel cylinders. 

At the conclusion of the 2009 SEMA Show, Toyota provided a gas-electric production version of the Surfrider Camry Hybrid to the Surfrider Foundation. The vehicle will be displayed at numerous outreach campaigns, education programs and beach cleanup events.


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