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One of Toyota's first applications of its new Valvematic engine is in the newly-redesigned 7-passenger Noah MPV and its slightly differently-visaged (and equally blocky) stablemate, the Voxy. Neither one will win a beauty contest anytime soon, but tastes are demonstrably different in Japan, so we'll reserve further commentary on the aesthetics and leave the rest to you readers. This isn't so much about the car itself as what's under its hood, anyway.

Just a few more innovations like this one from Toyota and the good old internal combustion engine will remain the dominant powertrain for cars and trucks worldwide. Wait a second, that is likely to remain the same anyway; but that does mean that any innovations which can increase the efficiency of the ICE are certainly worth exploring and implementing. As much as us die-hards want to see electric vehicles make up the majority of sales, it is not going to happen any time soon. So, let's applaud c

Later this year, Toyota will be launching its newest variable valve timing innovation, evolving the old-school VVT-i setup to form a new system dubbed Valvematic. This new mechanism will manipulate the intake valve lift volume, adjusting the level of sacrificial oxygen molecules to increase both performance and fuel efficiency.

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