Toyota Launches Redesigned Minivans in Japan; First Application of the New Valvematic System
2 July 2007
|The Voxy ZS.|
Toyota has launched the completely redesigned Voxy and Noah minivans in Japan. The second-generation models mark the first applications of a newly developed 2.0-liter engine (3ZR-FAE) using the Valvematic variable valve lift mechanism with Dual VVT-i (Dual Variable Valve Timing-intelligent) which optimizes both intake and exhaust valve timing.
Valvematic improves fuel efficiency by 5% to 10% (depending on driving conditions), reduces CO2 emissions, boosts output by at least 10% and enhances acceleration responsiveness in the new 2.0-liter engine, according to Toyota. (Earlier post.)
The 3ZR-FAE Valvematic engine produces 116 kW (156 hp) of power and 196 Nm (145 lb-ft) of torque, with 10-15 cycle fuel economy of 14.2 kilometers/liter (7.0 l/100km or 33.4 mpg US). CO2 emissions are 164 g/km.
A non-Valvematic 2.0-liter engine also offered on the new minivans produces 105 kW (140 hp) of power and 194 Nm (143 lb-ft) of torque, with fuel economy of 13.4 km/liter (7.5 l/100km and 31.5 mpg US).
All vehicle models are equipped with the Super CVT-i (Super Continuously Variable Transmission-intelligent), and models with the 2.0-liter engine with Valvematic feature a seven-speed Sports Sequential Shiftmatic transmission with a paddle shift-type shift lever for the feel of a manual transmission.
Electric power steering smoothly varies the amount of steering assistance to provide optimum steering control according to vehicle speed.
An Eco Driving Indicator lights up when the vehicle is being efficiently operated to raise the driver’s awareness of “environmentally considerate” driving and contribute to higher fuel efficiency.
Toyota is targeting monthly sales of 5,000 units for each model in Japan.
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