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Daihatsu Launches the Compact COO in Japan

8 May 2006

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Daihatsu’s compact COO

Daihatsu—in which Toyota has a 51% stake—has introduced a new compact passenger car, the COO, into the Japanese market.

Daihatsu manufactures both the COO and Toyota’s bB (sold in the US as the Scion xB) at the same plant in Osaka. (Both cars share the same engine options). Other shared models include Toyota’s Rush SUV (Daihatsu Be-go model); the Toyota Passo (Daihatsu Boon); and the Toyota Avanza (Daihatsu Xenia). Daihatsu is sharing more parts with Toyota to cut its own development costs.

Two COO models are available: a 1.3-liter DVVT (Dynamic Variable Valve Timing) 4-cylinder engine (K3-VE type), which provides high fuel efficiency, and a 1.5-liter DVVT 4-cylinder engine (3SZ-VE type).

The 1.3 liter engine delivers 68 kW (91 hp) of power and 123 Nm of torque, with fuel consumption in the 10-15 Japanese test cycle of 6.1 liters/100km (about 38.6 mpg US) in the two-wheel drive version and 6.6 l/100km (35.8 mpg US) in the four-wheel drive.

The 1.5-liter engine, which comes only in a two-wheel drive model, delivers 80 kW (107 hp) of power and 141 Nm of torque, with fuel consumption of 6.25 l/100km (37.6 mpg US).

All the COO models achieve emission levels 75% lower than 2005 standards under the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport’s Approval System for Low-emission Vehicles, and the 2WD vehicles achieve the Japanese 2010 fuel efficiency standards.

Daihatsu also reduced the amount of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted from materials and adhesives used in interior parts to a level lower than the indoor concentration specified by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.

The company is targeting sales of 1,000 units per month in Japan. Gasoline prices there reached an average ¥134.9 per liter (US$4.58 per gallon) in the week ended 1 May, up 2.9% percent from a week earlier, according to Japan’s Oil Information Center.

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Nice looking little car, hope they bring it to Canada.

I think the key to the US market for small hatches et al will be Canada. We got the Yaris here first and I think the next gen Scion Xb will probably come here as a toyota.

They have a whole host of smaller cars, the most interesting of which is the Rush SUV. Give it a better name and it would lovingly fill the gap the now bigger RAV left behind

Toyota Motor Corporation is about to become the largest producer (1) of automobiles and small trucks in the United States, displacing General Motors. How did this happen? We voted, with our dollars, and put Toyota into this enviable position. Why did this happen? Toyota has consistently coupled the production of very reliable and cost effective vehicles with a great marketing program.

The position of 'Number One' in the United States auto market comes with a number of profoundly serious responsibilities, in my opinion. Paramount among these responsibilities is to aid the United States in reducing oil consumption in general, and foreign oil imports in particular. Great intellect is not required to realize that money sent from the USA to Muslim oil producing countries funds murderous acts around the world. At stake in this reduction of oil consumption is the physical survival of the American people against an aggressor simply practicing the words of the Quran (2), i.e. the complete Islamic domination of Planet Earth.

Yet, Toyota is premeditatively withholding developed technology from the USA, which would significantly reduce our dependence on foreign oil.

Toyota will introduce their Yaris (3) model into the USA during the Spring of 2006. Former iterations of this space and fuel-efficient vehicle have been available in Europe, Australia, and parts of Asia for several years with a choice of gasoline engines or an efficient diesel. However, the American public will not be given a choice of engines for the Yaris (4). It will be offered only with Toyota's 1.5 liter gasoline engine, not with the recently developed Toyota D-4D (5)1.4 liter turbo diesel engine which scores an amazing 62.8 MPG combined city/highway with less pollution than similarly sized gasoline engines.

Toyota has extended the technology used in the D-4D to larger engines and cars. The Toyota Verso (6), available in the United Kingdom, with a 1.9 liter D-4D scores 46.5 MPG combined city/highway. The very similar Matrix (7), with the only engine offered in this country, a 1.8 liter gasoline, scores approximately 30 MPG combined. The RAV4 (8), as offered in the United States with a 2.4 liter gasoline engine and 2WD, scores 27 MPG. In the United Kingdom, where it is offered with a 2.2 liter D-4D diesel, the RAV4 (9) scores 42 MPG.

Toyota USA Public Relations was unable to give me any reason the D-4D technology will be withheld from the USA in any form in any vehicle during my e-mail and subsequent telephone inquiries about this matter. They further explained that there are no plans to ever introduce D-4D, or any, Toyota diesel technology to the US.


Two reasons occur to me as to why this super efficient diesel technology is not offered in the USA by Toyota:

1. Toyota is concerned that the introduction of a highly efficient diesel may reduce the sales of its electric hybrid vehicles before the corporation has recouped the development and tooling costs of the hybrids. Extending the argument, perhaps Toyota seeks to produce hybrids because of their greater value added to the finished product, leading to greater profits. This may be an ill advised business decision considering the potential increase in sales of Toyota vehicles equipped with diesels utilizing the clean D4-D technology, especially in the van and pick-up truck markets in the US. Tangentially, it must be stated that the D-4D technology and the electric hybrid technology, both Toyota products, are not mutually exclusive; the combination of these innovations in a single power plant, i.e. a D-4D turbo-diesel electric hybrid, would boost fuel economy to the 75 MPG range and Toyota profits by billions of dollars.


2. Diesel fuel available in the USA has insufficient lubricity to permit the all aluminum D-4D diesel a long service life. Since 1993, the sulfur content in #1 and #2 Diesel in the USA has been significantly reduced to meet environmental regulations. This lowers the fuel's lubricity, causing increased levels of wear in the high-pressure valves and pumps necessary for diesel engine operation. Fortunately, this excessive wear can be eliminated by the addition of as little as 2% biodiesel (10)(called B2) to the fuel. Biodiesel (11), produced from any animal or vegetable fat, even cooking waste oil, also reduces pollution and CO2 levels in the environment and is a renewable resource which can be produced entirely within the USA. The major byproduct of biodiesel production is cattle feed and/or fuel alcohols.

It must be reiterated that the reduction of foreign oil importation is a matter of United States national defense. Toyota Motor Corporation clearly possesses the technology and the superior market position to do just that, yet refuses to introduce that technology here, or to adequately explain any reason for withholding it.

I demand a US Congressional inquiry into this matter. Reducing foreign oil imports is as important as the production of weapons to defend the USA. Raising the Corporate Annual Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards should stop being the 'political football' is has been since 1975 and start being the serious national defense matter it is today.

References:

1.

http://www.bizjournal.com/content/article.php?id=196
2.

http://www.answering-islam.org/Authors/Arlandson/ultimate_goal.htm
3.

http://www.toyota.com/vehicles/future/yaris.html
4.

http://www.worldcarfans.com/news.cfm?newsid=2051130.003&page=6/country/jcf
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http://www.toyota-caribbean.com/technology/glossary/gloss_d4d.html
6.

http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/road_tests/?id=142
7.

http://www.toyota.com/matrix/specs.html
8.

http://www.toyota.com/rav4/specs.html
9.

http://www.toyota.co.uk/cgi-bin/toyota/bv/vsroom/main1024.jsp
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http://www.biodiesel.org/markets/pre/ #
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http://journeytoforever.org/biodiesel.html

FINALLY SOMEONE IS ASKING GOOD QUESTIONS. I RESPECT YOUR THEORY ON WHY THEY WONT ALLOW EFFIECIENT DIESEL TECH. IN THE US.

ITS NOT JUST TOYOTA ANY ITS ANY COMPANY

THIS IS MY THEORY THEY ARE NOT LETTING ANY CAR THIS EFFICIENT AND A DIESEL IN THE US BECAUSE THEY WILL NOT MAKE AS MUCH MONEY NOT TOYOTA OR SMART CAR COMPANY THEM SELVES BUT THE POWERFUL POLITICAL LEADERS AND OILLORDS OF THIS COUNTRY. THIS COUNTRY IS VERY CORRUPT THIS IS OLD TECHNOLOGY THE DIESEL ENGINE WAS FIRST MADE TO RUN ON PEANUT OIL. AND YOU CAN CONVERT ANY DIESEL TO RUN ON VEGETABLE OIL. THEY WILL LOOSE CONTROL IF THEY ALLOW IT THEY COULD CARE LESS ABOUT POLLUTION OR ANYTHING ELSE BUT POWER AND MONEY. DONT LET THEIM FOOL YOU OR TRY TO CONTINUE TO CONTROL YOUR THINKING THROUGH THE MEDIA. THEY MAKE THEIM SELVES A NECESSITY. AS LONG AS WE HAVE THESE OLD GAS ENGINES WE WILL HAVE TO KEEP COMING TO THEIM FOR GAS. AND ALL THIS HYBRID HYPE ITS FUNNY ONCE YOU KNOW THE TRUTH. HIT ME BACK TRAVISSTRICKLAND@YAHOO.COM OR @ATT.NET

THE SMARTCAR GETS 70MPG WITH A DIESEL FROM BENZE IN GERMANY BUT ITS COMMING OUT IN THE U.S. WITH MITSUBISHI GAS ENGINE

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