TOKYO - Toyota Motor Corp. has developed a new, fuel-efficient 1.0-liter engine for use in the Yaris to be sold in Europe.
The four-cylinder engine weighs only 68kg, the lightest in its class. Based on Japan's test cycle, the engine will give the Yaris a fuel efficiency of 4.45 liters/100km. It is Toyota's first 1.0-liter engine since 1978.
The 70hp engine cuts emissions of carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, and nitrous oxides by 70 percent compared to comparable engines, Toyota said.
The engine will first be used on the Japanese-built Yaris and then on those built in France.
The engine will be manufactured at a rate of around 20,000 a year at Daihatsu Motor Co.'s engine plant in Ryuo, Japan.
Toyota recently announced plans to take a controlling 51 percent stake in Daihatsu, which specializes in small cars.