Toyota Set to Launch 14 New Engines Globally by 2015
Toyota is known for offering fuel-efficient vehicles and is a leader in hybrid technology. This time around, the Japanese automaker will be taking those strengths to create a lineup of 14 more fuel-efficient engines, set to be released globally by 2015. The first two engines that will be released are a 1.3-liter and 1.0-liter gasoline engine. Both benefit from refined loss-reduction technologies from Toyota's hybrid engines, and they will offer efficiency improvements of at least 10 percent. All new engines will be implemented in models expecting a partial redesign in the near future. The new 1.3-liter engine will employ the Atkinson cycle, which was normally dedicated specifically to hybrid engines. It will offer reduced waste heat, utilize a reshaped intake port for strong tumble flow, and include a cooled exhaust gas recirculation system with variable valve timing-intelligent electric technology. Toyota estimates that for this engine, efficiency gains will be 15 percent higher than current vehicles. Like Ford, Toyota will be creating a 1.0-liter engine. Jointly developed by Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd., this engine will also feature a tumble flow-generating intake port, EGR system, and a stop/start function. This new engine will also offer other consumption reduction technologies for a total efficiency improvement of 30 percent over current vehicles. While these may be the first two engines to be released, we can only imagine what else Toyota is cooking up behind closed doors. We can expect more fuel-efficient engines, and some with a hybrid component for future hybrid and plug-in models. Source: Toyota
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