New Toyota Gas Engines Will Boost Fuel Savings
Known as one of the most eco-friendly and fuel-efficient companies in the car industry thanks to vehicles such as the Prius, Toyota tends to know what it’s doing when it comes to developing hybrid powertrains. The Japanese carmaker recently announced that it’s taking its knowledge of hybrid technology to refine a new series of gasoline engines, which will be arriving at dealerships across the globe by 2015. The new Toyota gas engines are expected to provide hybrid-like fuel efficiency when they launch sometime next year.
These new, high-efficiency engines are more thermally efficient than ever before, achieving at least 10 percent fuel efficiency improvements. Through a combination of combustion and loss-reduction technologies Toyota refined in its hybrid engines, the series will use two engines to form its foundation. The first is a 1.3-liter gasoline engine, which uses the Atkinson cycle to achieve a maximum thermal efficiency of 38%. The second is a 1.0-liter gasoline engine, developed in a partnership with Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd.
Toyota is planning on introducing a total of 14 engine variations based on this engine series, meaning models set for a redesign in the near feature will more likely than not receive some type of this new engine.