Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Toyota working on turbos and direct injections to improve mpg

Toyota is working on more ways to improve fuel economy. While hybrid technology is all good and well, the Japanese car maker will start to use turbo charging and direct injection in the future as it looks to boost its overall fuel economy.

Toyota is developing turbocharged and direct injected petrol engines for its small and mid-size models.

“In the next five years, the general trend is downsizing of engines and the use of turbochargers,” head of Toyota’s R&D, Takeshi Uchiyamada, said. “Another development will be direct fuel injection.”

Uchiyamada added: “Eventually, we will see significant numbers of vehicles carrying engines with turbochargers.”

The turbocharged engines are likely to find their way under the Yaris, Corolla, Auris, Camry and Avensis models but no specific dates were given.

Toyota anticipates that just 10-20% of its new car sales in 2020 will contain hybrid vehicles.


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