Toyota will soon offer turbocharging and diesel engines in the U.S. These are just a few of the changes that its engine lineup will experience. Ford and Hyundai are proceeding with plans to make use of turbocharging and direction-injection. Meanwhile, Mazda is rolling out its new Skyactiv light weight engine plan.
Honda has unveiled its new Earth Dreams Technology innovations with CVT transmissions and direct-injection. So while all these are happening, Toyota’s engine technology wasn’t able to catch up. It’s only because Toyota had to contend with the worst recall ever from the unintended acceleration cases. After having dealt with the matter, Toyota is now bent on developing a turbocharged Scion FR-S.
However, there’s no assurance that it will be offered in the Japanese and European markets. For now, there also aren’t any concrete plans for turbocharged engines in the mid-cycle refresh plans of the brand through 2016. Both the Corolla and Camry continue to very popular in the U.S. but they may not able to stay on top as the competition gets more intense.
Just because it says “turbo” doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s a performance car. When a car’s exhaust is recycled to push more air into the engine, the fuel economy is improved as a smaller-displacement engine would be able to generate the same power as a larger one.