Long-term update: 2012 Toyota Camry goes to Bangladesh

Long-term update: 2012 Toyota Camry goes to Bangladesh

Those who’ve followed my exploits since the beginning might already know that I’m from Bangladesh. However, I grew up in Dubai so this is the place I’ve always called home. Aside from the usual racist taunts from underachieving idiots and the general lack of respect from people who think they’re destined for heaven, life here has been pretty smooth. I might be the only Bangladeshi in the regional automotive media, and I might be the only Bangladeshi in the world to bag a McLaren test-drive, but I am aware of what the automotive culture is like in my home country. It generally involves stuffing as many people as possible into the smallest car possible for cross-country trips.

The 2012 Toyota Camry is already a limousine by Bangladeshi standards. However, if it caught on there, it would make life much easier for those members of big families who get stuffed into a single car to visit their ancestral village for the weekend. But how many people can it fit anyway?

I recruited my brother’s friends to find out. Mind you, they’re not real Bangladeshis; they just play one on TV. Not that they’ve ever been on TV either.

You could put one-and-a-half men in the front. If you try to put two, this is how they’ll end up sitting.

You can stuff four men in the back seat. Interestingly, they can fit somewhat fine there.

So why not stuff five people back there? It looks like they can still breathe. For maximum effect, each adult can carry a kid on their lap too, without seatbelts of course. That’s how we did it back in the day.

Wait, so you want to transport even more people? Put them in the boot. Mind you, this is more of a Cambodian tradition. We Bangladeshis draw the line when it comes to sitting in the boot (unless it’s a 4×4). Besides, we usually have actual luggage to carry, generally one big suitcase each per person for just a one-day trip.

And there you have it — a demonstration by fake Bangladeshis on how to maximise space usage in your 2012 Toyota Camry.

Photos by Marouf Hussain Chowdhury.

Original Mileage When Borrowed: 5,883 km
Latest Mileage To Date: 8,100 km
Latest Average Fuel Economy: 11.2 litres/100 km
Cost of Latest Problems: Dhs 0
Cost of Latest Maintenance: Dhs 0

Total Non-Fuel Running Cost Since Borrowed: Dhs 0

Read all 2012 Toyota Camry long-term updates

What do you think?



  1. Hahaha. U really got me laughing early in the morning 🙂

  2. Lol…… Best review in DA’s history. It would have great if you added how much the cars height dropped.

  3. good one… lol

  4. How many fake Bangladeshis can fit into a McLaren MP4-12C?

    • Even if couple of them make it to inside, more interesting will be to see how people manage to get out quickly in a crowded market area or for e.g. a quick drop at airport with police xterra at bum.

  5. Great review! and greetings from Colombia, great automotive press on Asia as well, I’m impressed

  6. well bangladesh has improved a lot
    recently i saw range rover evoque and couple of range rover vogue. Btw 2012 models :p
    carmy accord are bcoming common on the roads of bangladesh.
    And i think land cruisers are king of the road here…!!! As it is in dubai…:)
    it doesnt matter were u r from….its da effrt u r puting
    cheers mate

  7. The Camry is getting the best DA long term updates in history. Even better than the ones of the cars you used to own.

  8. reminder : you can least expect with 445% of tax which will be tagged with this car of 2.5l in the entrance of the port which is insane .

  9. who is the stupid? why he posted such kidding report?

  10. This is a Thumbs Up Mash. This made me smile 🙂

  11. sense of humor like those guys from top gear?

  12. wth is wrong? with you guys this is plain simple racism and i strongly object to it why did you forget pathans and Indians???

    i hate drive arabia!

    we pathans and indians can fit twice as many!!!

  13. Did someone just mention comnon cars like accord and camry….. In bangladesh……wtf dude…..

  14. this is just hilarious dude..

  15. Great article , creative idea
    This is top gear in curry flavor

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