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Toyota Camry SE
Toyota is finally going to catch up to the competition

Toyota is known for producing boring family sedans and SUVs that appeal to a large audience. The company is also known for its fuel efficient Prius family of hybrid vehicles. Vehicles like the Prius/Prius c manage to achieve 50mpg on the highway thanks to a fuel-sipping gasoline engine backed with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and an electric motor/battery.

Toyota has largely ignored making significant advances in its traditional gasoline engine/powertrain department; with efficient transmission/engine offerings lagging the competition (the Toyota Corolla still uses a 4-speed automatic transmission when the competition has moved to 6-speed units and CVTs).

However, no longer will its traditional vehicles take a backseat to its hybrids according to Takeshi Uchiyamada, Toyota's product development chief. "By 2015, through improvement in the engine and powertrain alone, we aim to achieve a fuel-efficiency improvement of 10 percent to 20 percent on the models adopting the improvements," said Uchiyamada.

The Toyota Corolla still uses an archaic four-speed automatic transmission and lags behind the competition in fuel economy

Competitors like Ford have already embraced direct injection and turbocharging across much of the produce range (see EcoBoost), and Toyota is following suit. Toyota plans to introduce a direct injection version of its 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine (this new engine will first see duty in hybrid models). The engine will also find its way into vehicles like the Camry, RAV4, and Venza.

In addition, Toyota will also introduce a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that will likely take the place of the 3.5-liter V6 currently found in midsize Toyota sedans and crossovers.

Toyota is also looking to add 6- and 8-speed automatic transmission to its vehicles. This should help vehicles like that aforementioned Corolla with its archaic transmission boost fuel efficiency ratings. The company will also add CVTs to more of its models, a move that has long been championed by Nissan. Nissan provides CVTs in everything from its tiny Versa subcompact to the large Pathfinder crossover.

All of these moves largely see Toyota playing catch-up with the rest of the automotive industry. Toyota has for too long placed all of its fuel efficiency eggs in the hybrid basket, while neglecting its bread and butter vehicles. With the competition now fiercer than ever, it now looks as though Toyota has finally realized that not everyone wants to purchase a hybrid in order to get increased fuel efficiency.

Source: AutoWeek

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They could all take notes...
By texbrazos on 10/3/2012 3:01:56 PM , Rating: 2
They could all take notes from this guy. He built his own pure electric vehicle in his home. 0-60 in 1.8 seconds, and can go around 120 miles on a charge. He smokes brand new corvetts on the track. Hmmmmm...... Something is wrong when some guy in a garage can do it, but all the major car makers are dragging their feet. Sounds to me like big oil and big auto have their hands in each others pockets. Oh yeah, and Uncle as well. We are not okay with foreign oil, nor are we okay with having a surplus of oil only to be strong armed by big oil into paying higher prices because they want us to. There is no oil shortage in America we have a surplus!!! We just have a shortage of people that have common sense. Electric vehicles vehicles are common sense, and the future of being totally 100% energy independent both as a nation and also as an individual.

RE: They could all take notes...
By Beenthere on 10/3/2012 9:29:12 PM , Rating: 2
No electric vehicles are not "common sense. Electric vehicles existed a 100 years ago and didn't last long because they is no practical infrastructure to support them. EV's are not 100% energy independent at all. They require tons of crude oil to produce them and deal with them after they are in service.

In todays world the electric car - saddled by safety concerns and service issues - in addition to lacking a world wide charging infrastructure are incredibly expensive to produce. The guy in his back yard building a simple electric car doesn't have to meet all the mandated safety regulations. Car makers do and this adds dramatically to the cost and weight of electric vehicles which also must have a consumer warranty and spare parts support, dealer training, customer training, waste disposal training, AAA training, TOXIC waste and Fire training, etc. Who do you think is going to pay for all of this training, special hazmat supplies and use, etc. ?????

For now EV's are a curiosity that is not cost effective nor practical for anything other than city transportation limited to under ~90 miles per day or less in traffic congested areas. BTW if you use air-conditioning while driving your EV expect the range to drop to about 10 miles before you need a recharge...

The point that is so outrageous about modern EVs is the crude oil consumption and air pollution created to produce the TOXIC batteries (in addition to their disposal and crash/fire problems), along with many of the other components. All we are doing is exchanging where the pollutants are produced. EVs are not lowering air pollution or reducing oil consumption at all but they are increasing consumer and recycler's exposure to TOXIC chemicals and waste.

EV's like E85 ethanol are just another FLEECING OF AMERICA by the Pricks on the Hill who can't find their arse with both hands and a road map. Bama will continue to give out Billions of tax payer dollars to companies who will go tits up in a few years after the company execs pocket 7-figure incomes for a few years and there will be no new jobs and no improvement in U.S. air pollution. It's criminal that these people are not held accountable for their criminal fraud of society.

BTW, yes the U.S. has the largest known quantity of accessible crude in the world. The only reason oil companies import crude is because it's more profitable. The U.S. is NOT dependant on foreign oil at all! We are hostages to the Oil Cartel!

The oil companies could be selling gasoline in the U.S. at 1.00/gal. including all state and federal taxes and still making a nice profit but they have no incentive to do so when they have a Cabal and industry monopoly - supported by the Criminals on the Hill.

What America needs is to pull it's head out of it's arse and get an education so that you know when you're being lied to and led down a primrose path to be exploited as a sucker.

RE: They could all take notes...
By SRHelicity on 10/4/2012 12:01:11 AM , Rating: 3
The oil companies could be selling gasoline in the U.S. at 1.00/gal. including all state and federal taxes and still making a nice profit but they have no incentive to do so when they have a Cabal and industry monopoly - supported by the Criminals on the Hill.

Uh, we have a GLOBAL market for petroleum. The oil companies WILL NOT sell oil for $1/ga in the USA out of the goodness of their hearts if they can sell it for $5/ga for use in Europe. C'mon now. A large part of the reason for building the Keystone Pipeline is to aid the exportation of oil from Canada to international markets.

In addition, we do NOT get most of our oil from the middle east. For starters, about 42% of the oil we use in the US is drilled in the US; we import ~58% of the oil we use. In recent years, we get nearly TWICE as much oil from Canada as we do Saudi Arabia. In fact, most of the crude oil that we import comes from the Western Hemisphere. In other words, we ALREADY do get the majority of our oil from right here in the USA or imported counties in North and South America. If you add in all "western" countries, we get ~75% of our crude oil from non-Middle East countries.

The US consumed 18.83 million barrels of crude oil per day in 2011. Only 1.5 million of that came from Saudi Arabia, and much, much less came from Iraq and other Middle East countries. If the oil companies wanted to be gracious to us, they already would be selling us gasoline from USA-drilled oil for $1/ga.

RE: They could all take notes...
By thurston2 on 10/4/2012 10:07:07 PM , Rating: 2
The oil companies could be selling gasoline in the U.S. at 1.00/gal. including all state and federal taxes and still making a nice profit but they have no incentive to do so when they have a Cabal and industry monopoly - supported by the Criminals on the Hill.

That's Capitalism for you, the whole point is to make maximum profit.

RE: They could all take notes...
By macca007 on 10/4/2012 3:21:43 AM , Rating: 2
Or could it be even simpler?
Without petrol how do they get tax dollars to keep the ball rolling so to speak. Then again if we all produced our own power governments around globe would just introduce a new tax to suit, Can't win either way, We are slaves I tell you slaaaaaaaves! ;)
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