Toyota out to reduce foul gases
It is estimated that by 2020 the global vehicle population will reach 1,5billion vehicles, almost double the number currently in use, with growth in emerging markets overshadowing that forecast in mature markets.
This level of growth has major implications for greenhouse gas emissions.
This has prompted the Toyota Motor Company to act. The Japanese car maker this week unveiled a range of new internal combustion engine technologies, both petrol and diesel.
The Toyota Optimal Drive was announced at the 2008 Paris Motor Show. The vision of Toyota Optimal Drive, the new core technology for Toyota's internal combustion engines, is to:
l Reduce harmful emissions;
l Increase fuel combustion efficiency;
l Not compromise a pleasurable driving experience; and
l Be a standard feature on all new products.
Toyota's goal is to achieve zero emissions, with zero waste across every aspect of the company's business. It believes that, given the time and skills, and through the process of Kaizen (continuous improvement), this will be possible.
Based on Kaizen, its engineers have developed new technologies that provide for improved combustion efficiency, reduced internal friction and weight reductions for engines and transmissions.
The overall result is engines that produce more power than the units they replace, but at the same time are more fuel efficient and have lower emissions.
According to Toyota, Optimal Drive philosophy introduces a range of advanced technology engines that are intended to power most of the vehicles produced by the company by 2010.
The Optimal Drive concept is a key element in the achievement of an overall average CO2 target of below 140g/km for Toyota passengervehicles.