Toyota to Finally Get Onboard With Direct Injection, Turbocharging to Boost Efficiency
October 3, 2012 12:38 PM
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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
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
), 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.
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10/3/2012 5:15:01 PM
Motor Trend is made up of proven Detroit homers who apply a double standard to imports while extolling the virtues of domestics. Even during the horrendous 1980-1999 period where domestics had the reliability and styling of a 50 year old hooker on meth.
Not sure if the Camry ever got their "car of the year" award, but it's been a more solid car for decades than pretty much any piece of Detroit crap they've tried to foist on the public.
Speaking of crap, the Passat takes first place? Have you looked at VW's reliability and customer satisfaction ratings? Yeah no thank you.
Brand recognition goes a long way. The Camry has been a solid family mover for decades, with good fuel economy.
10/4/2012 12:35:31 PM
MT is so biased towards the domestics...which is why the Passat got 1st place in their comparison (despite the slowest acceleration and worst fuel economy) while the Malibu got dead last. /sarcasm
10/4/2012 12:59:34 PM
I'd never buy a GM or VW due to the poor reliability.
My current Camry (2002) is over 10 year old and other than normal fluid changes & maintenance, I've spend less than $200 on repairs (replaced a failed AC relay and a worn out motor mount). Even the brakes lasted over than 70K miles of mostly city driving, which is more then 2x better than any other car I've owned.
Alot of people may look at the Camry as boring, but I conside reliable transportation and good resell value (even after 10 years) as more important.
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