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Oct. 12: The one millionth Toyota Camry rolls out on this date in 1993

Justin Hyde
Motoramic

There's never been a popular song written about the Toyota Camry. No one's ever camped out the night before new models went on sale to be the first behind the wheel. No young boy has ever put posters of it on a bedroom wall. Since its introduction in 1983, the Camry has gotten bigger, heavier and less efficient, but has otherwise remained the car of choice for people who don't like cars -- an affordable, roomy appliance that takes little maintenance and gives no offense. Ten years after its introduction, the one-millionth copy rolled off the assembly line in Georgetown, Ky., and for the past 10 years, the Camry has been the best-selling car in the United States, a title it will likely keep this year. It's success repudiates much of what passes for wisdom among auto enthusiasts, and many automakers still refuse to heed its key lesson: The most loyal owners feel their car remains a good value no matter how many miles are on the odometer:

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