Toyota’s shows the engines of the future. They run on gasoline and diesel

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Today, Toyota introduced a new generation of highly efficient engines. The professional Toyota-watcher was not surprised, after all, Toyota’s Takeshi Uchiyamada (now Chairman) said two years ago that they would be coming, and here they are. The interesting part is that they are conventional gasoline engines. The really interesting part was a chart that showed gasoline power-trains being as efficient as hybrids, and both being trumped by the diesel engine. The sky did not part, and no lightning struck the Toyota engineers who put up the chart. [Continue Reading]

Mazda’s Secret Weapon: The CNC Motor Factory

Everybody route now!

Everybody route now!

 

Of all global automakers, Mazda may be in the toughest position. As if it weren’t hard enough to be one of the smallest independent mainstream automakers left, it faces the thankless task of marketing an enthusiast-oriented brand as well. And without the support of a major partner now that Ford has departed its alliance with the Hiroshima-based automaker, Mazda is hustling to stay in the game. But the hottest fires produce the hardest metals, to borrow a phrase used more by marketing types than engineers, and Mazda’s fight for existence is producing some interesting innovations. As Dave Coleman, vehicle development engineer at Mazda’s North American Operations tells Wards Auto:

“We needed to approach that fundamental truth (of economies of scale) and find out if it’s still fundamentally true, or is there a way to engineer our way around it. And it turns out there is a way to engineer around it.”

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