Toyota Talks Future Plans for Powertrains

Turbocharged engines may not be Toyota's big focus for fuel efficiency

Oct 14 2013, 12:00pm CDT | by

Toyota Talks Future Plans for Powertrains
Toyota

Toyota is outlining its future plans for powertrains for its automobiles and talking about some of the technology it will be using. Toyota has plans to invests heavily in turbocharged engines, larger displacement Atkinson cycle engines, continuously variable, and fixed gear automatic transmissions. Toyota also plans to invest in hybrid and fuel-cell technologies.

Interestingly, senior managing officer in charge of drivetrain R&D for Toyota Koei Saga isn't convinced that Toyota will be emphasizing turbocharging across its product lines. He believes that increasing the displacement of engines and using the more efficient Atkinson cycle will deliver better power gains without sacrificing fuel economy.

No specific horsepower target was offered for the turbocharged engine Toyota is working on. Toyota is also going to be using water/steam injection to make turbocharged fuel combustion more efficient. Toyota also plans to expand the use of CVT transmissions but use them only when it makes sense.

 
 
 

<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/3" rel="author">Shane McGlaun</a>
Shane is a self described car aficionado. He loves muscle cars, but also knows how green cars work. He has years of experience in testing cars and writes about cars with deeply felt emotions.

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Chrysler hit with largest NHTSA Penalty Ever
Chrysler hit with largest NHTSA Penalty Ever
The Department’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced a $105 million penalty for Chrysler.
 
 
10 Improvements Found in 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata
10 Improvements Found in 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Mazda is ready with its fourth generation 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Roadster.
 
 
Honda Accord 2016 Features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
Honda Accord 2016 Features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
The all-new 2016 Honda Accord will be the first Honda model and among the first high-volume cars in the marketplace to feature Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
 
 
Chrysler sends out 1.4 million USB Sticks to Prevent Car Hacking
Chrysler sends out 1.4 million USB Sticks to Prevent Car Hacking
The Wired story about remotely taking control of a Jeep Cherokee has scared Chrysler owners around the world. Now the company takes preemptive measures to make their cars save again.