Toyota & Lexus are the cleanest cars in France for the third consecutive year
Bart Eelen

For the third consecutive year, Toyota and Lexus vehicles recorded the lowest average of CO2 emissions in the French market in 2014.

According to CO2 emission figures of all new vehicles sold in France in 2014*, Toyota and Lexus vehicles emitted the least CO2 – 105g/km in average. (see the bar chart below: average CO2 emissions by manufacturer)

This is the third consecutive year that Toyota and Lexus topped this ranking.



European Commission visits Toyota Motor Europe’s R&D centre
Kanae Sato

Toyota Mirai is ready for the test drive

Engaging with stakeholders is always important. As such, we have recently hosted a “day out” for a division of DG Clima (from the European Commission) at our Technical Centre.

The main objective of the event was to introduce Toyota to the DG Clima group – more specifically: our ideas on low carbon technologies, how these are developed, and what the impact and effect is of legislative proposals they draft and prepare.

“DG Clima is a key stakeholder for TME. Among other topics, they are in charge of CO2 regulation, fuel quality, test-cycles, air quality” states Didier Stevens, Senior Manager TME European and Governmental Affairs.



A new and very willing Diesel for Yaris


A new Euro 6 compliant version of the 1.4D-4D has found its way into the Toyota Yaris. As can be expected from any new engine, consumption is down, with CO2 emissions starting from as low as 89g/km. But at the same time, the engine promises better driveability – and that is less common in low-CO2 cars.



The secret to the 1.4 D-4D’s performance, is an improved torque curve – the engine now develops its peak torque of 205Nm from 1,400 rpm. And in every-day traffic, that makes all the difference, because it means that the Yaris will pull effortlessly from low speeds, making the car extremely confident in busy traffic conditions. It also means that the engine is less prone to stalling when pulling away.


It’s rare for an engine to deliver its maximum torque at such low engine speeds. In the case of the 1.4 D-4D, it was achieved by installing a smaller and extremely efficient turbo. It develops more boost pressure and does so quicker.


But the turbo wasn’t the only improvement. The fuel injection system was equipped with a larger supply pump, which now feeds diesel fuel into the common-rail at pressures of up to 180Mpa.

1.4D-4D engine


An NOx Storage Reduction (NSR) catalyst makes sure that the NOx emissions are kept below the stringent Euro 6 thresholds.


The upgraded engine develops 66kW / 90 DIN hp, which allows a very respectable 0-100km/h time of 10.8 seconds, and a top speed of 175 km/h. Very competitive figures, given the car’s low thirst – only 3.4 l/100km on the combined cycle.



But it is still the engines low-end torque that will make the Yaris 1.4 D-4D a joy to drive, as it pulls willingly from any gear, and makes for an unseen responsiveness.




Collaborative agreement with BMW Group
Toyota Europe

Left to right: Yasumori Ihara (TMC Senior Managing Officer), Takeshi Uchiyamada (TMC Vice Chairman), Herbert Diess (BMW Head of RD and Board Member), Klaus Frhlich (BMW Head for small and medium-sized cars)

This morning we announced a binding collaborative agreement with BMW Group on fuel cell system, sports vehicle, lightweight technology and post-lithium technology. Click through the break for Toyota Vice Chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada’s speech.


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