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Toyota, Mazda, Subaru's Engine Innovation

Published by MEXEM EUROPE

May 28, 2024 1:54 PM
(GMT+2)

Japanese automakers Toyota Motor {{ m-tag option="price" ticker="TM" currency="USD" }}, Subaru Corp {{ m-tag option="price" ticker="FUJHY" currency="USD" }}, and Mazda Corp {{ m-tag option="price" ticker="MZDAY" currency="USD" }} have announced a collaborative effort to develop new engines focused on electrification and carbon emission reduction. This strategic move aims to integrate motors, batteries, and other electric components while making traditional internal combustion engines compatible with carbon-neutral fuels like e-fuels and biofuels.

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The new engines will be smaller, allowing for lower car hoods and improved vehicle performance. These innovations come in response to stricter global emissions regulations, particularly in markets like Europe, where the upcoming Euro 7 standards will enforce more rigorous emission controls from 2030 and ban new CO2-emitting cars by 2035.

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Toyota's Market Performance

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Toyota, the world's largest automaker by sales, experienced robust performance in 2023 due to the high demand for its hybrid vehicles. These hybrids, pioneered over two decades ago with the Prius, have been favored by cost-conscious consumers over more expensive fully electric vehicles. Despite this success, Toyota has provided a more cautious outlook for fiscal 2025, anticipating a slowdown in sales.

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Hybrid Technology

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Toyota has maintained a skeptical stance towards fully electric vehicles, favoring a multi-pathway approach to carbon neutrality. This includes a mix of petrol-electric hybrids, plug in hybrids, fuel cell, and all battery electric cars. In early 2023, Toyota sold about 2.4 million vehicles - nearly 40% being petrol electric hybrids, while fully electric vehicles accounted for just 2.9% of sales.

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Technological Innovations 

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At a media event with Subaru and Mazda, Toyota showcased next-generation 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter engines that are significantly reduced in volume and height compared to current engines. These engines are designed to optimize integration with electric drive units, aiming for a 10% reduction in volume and weight compared to existing models. This technological advancement is expected to enhance vehicle design and performance.

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Toyota's continued focus on hybrid technology and its strategic partnerships with Subaru and Mazda highlight its commitment to innovative, sustainable vehicle solutions. While the company anticipates a challenging fiscal year ahead, its robust hybrid sales and diversified approach to carbon neutrality position it well for long-term growth amidst evolving market conditions. 
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