Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Honda to soon offer CR-Z with turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine

As part of plans to heighten the appeal of the Honda CR-Z in key world markets, the carmaker will equip the compact coupé with an all-new, turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine option. The CR-Z is currently only offered with one engine option: a hybrid that features a 112bhp 1.5-litre petrol engine mated to a 14bhp electric motor. The CR-Z is expected to get an all-new turbocharged 1.6-litre powerplant that is currently being developed at Honda’s Tochigi R&D centre. The new engine is an essential part of a downsizing program initiated at Honda.


This engine is also meant for the Jazz, Civic and Accord. This engine is meant to offer the performance of a typical 2.0-litre engine from a capacity of only 1.6 litres. It features forced induction and Honda’s patented VTEC-i fully variable camshaft timing system. According to Autocar sources in Japan, the new engine will probably come in two versions: a standard 160bhp model and a highly tuned 200bhp version meant to match the now defunct 2.0-litre VTEC engine in the Civic Type R.

It’s likely that this more powerful spec will form the basis of a CR-Z Type R, tentatively slated to be released late next year. As sales of the two-door coupé have begun to drop in the company’s domestic market, Honda had to come up with plans for more than a hybrid engine for the Japanese Car of the Year.

Courtesy : 4wheelsnews

Friday, November 26, 2010

Toyota to introduce 11 new or redesigned hybrid vehicles by 2012

By 2012, Toyota Motor Corp. intends to debut 11 new or redesigned hybrid vehicles; however, this doesn’t mean that it has neglected the internal combustion engine. Takeshi Uchiyamada, executive vice president in charge of r&d, said that Toyota aims to boost the fleet's fuel efficiency by equipping smaller vehicles with turbochargers and direct fuel injection. In an interview, Uchiyamada said that in the next five years, carmakers will follow the general trend of downsizing of engines and using turbochargers. He said that direct fuel injection is also being developed. He said that turbos and direct fuel injection will be added across Toyota's lineup--even in four-cylinder engines and models such as the Corolla and Camry.

Uchiyamada, who served as the chief engineer of the first-generation Prius, said that eventually, there will be a considerable number of vehicles that will be powered by engines with turbochargers. There are other modifications, including expanded use of idle-stop technology (which saves fuel by turning off the engine when the car stops) as well as advances in variable valve systems.

To keep its edge against competitors such as Hyundai Motor Co., Toyota will need to adopt new technologies. Uchiyamada said that four of the 11 upcoming hybrids will be model changes of existing hybrids. Seven will be new models and these would either be stand-alone hybrids or hybrid versions of vehicles that didn't have a gasoline-electric option previously.

Courtesy: autonews

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