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