14 Nov '12, 2am

Toyota plays catch-up in direct injection and downsizing, new turbocharged engine out in 2014

Toyota plays catch-up in direct injection and downsizing, new turbocharged engine out in 2014

You can’t have it all, they say. So it’s not surprising that Toyota, the main proponent of hybrids and the leader in that sector, isn’t as advanced as some rivals in the advancement of the basic petrol engine. Better to focus on one thing you believe in than spread resources thin across the ground, no? Downsizing, with the aid of direct-injection and forced induction, is commonplace today, led by the Europeans. The success is not surprising as both ends of the scale – performance and efficiency – benefit. Besides premium Germans Audi, BMW and Mercedes, VW, Ford and Peugeot offer such engines in Malaysia. But better late than never, and Toyota’s latest engine plan overhaul will incorporate the same tricks – there will be a new direct-injection engine, followed by a downsized turbo powerplant for the mass market. The big-T will also push CVT gearboxes in smaller cars. It’s a...

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