• Apr 17th 2007 at 2:11PM
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So, running down the list of vehicles that Toyota has applied their hybrid drivetrain to we find the Camry and Prius, which are both midsize cars based on interior volume. Toyota has made larger hybrid cars, but only for the Lexus brand, and they did not focus so much on fuel economy as much as on performance. So, what are the chances that large car shoppers will get a hybrid choice from Toyota in the near future? Not too bad, if this article is to believed.

"Especially in North America, people like the size of their vehicles, and there's going to be a lot of pressure to maintain the size for safety and improve fuel economy," according to David Baxter, senior executive administrator at the Toyota Technical Center in Ann Arbor. "It's likely there will be more hybrid vehicles or more hybrid powertrains available in our models in the future," he said on Monday at the SAE show in Detroit when asked about the Avalon. Obviously, this does not mean that there is sure to be a hybrid version of the Avalon, but it does mean that the engineers have thought about their options for fuel savings on the larger cars.

[Source: Yahoo]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Maybe toyota will upgrade from the dual range 4 speed automatic-1,2,3 in underdrive, then 3,4 in direct drive, to the 6 speed automatic from the Camry.
      A smidge less ratio spread 5.4:1 vs. 5.6:1, reverse would be shorter geared.
      Efficiency is improved though.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Delivery vehicles are often cited as ideal applications for hybrid vehicles due to the amount of stop/start driving they do. Why hasn't someone yet introduced a hybrid minivan for the US market? They are delivery vehicles for families!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Moving to a 6 speed automatic from the dual range 4 speed automatic should raise mileage. Taller highway gearing, more torque converter lockup operating range, more efficient overall.

      Raise the bottom, not the top. No premium for mileage improvement.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Um, MikeW, the Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive is an electronic continuously variable transmission, with near infinite gear ranges. No torque converter, no shifting, no clutch, no "cone & belt", just 2 motor/generators and a planetary gearset.
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