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Toyota wins AJAC innovation honours for ground-breaking engine in 2016 Tacoma pick-up truck

Jan 14, 2016

Tacoma pick-up truck

(MONTREAL, QC – JANUARY 14, 2016) Toyota Canada today received the 2016 Best New Innovation Technology award from the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) for the advanced technologies found on the Atkinson Cycle D-4S V6 engine in the all-new, 2016 Toyota Tacoma pick-up truck.

"The engine is the heart of any truck – and the V6 in the Toyota Tacoma pick-up is a state of the art heart. This new engine delivers more driving fun, practical improvements to Tacoma’s towing capabilities, and increased fuel efficiency,” said Cyril Dimitris, Vice President at Toyota Canada Inc. “We’re proud to accept this award, which recognizes Toyota’s engineering capabilities and our commitment to offering Canadian drivers innovative technologies that make a real, positive difference to their ownership experience."

AJAC selected the Tacoma engine for its introduction of the D-4S direct and port injection system to an Atkinson Cycle V6 to maximize combustion efficiency, thereby boosting fuel efficiency and helping to reduce emissions.

The 3.5L V6 in the 2016 Toyota Tacoma is Toyota’s first V6 engine offered in Canada to combine D-4S injection with the Atkinson Cycle. It produces a peak 278 HP – a 14 percent boost compared to the V6 in the previous generation Tacoma – and up to 265 lb-ft of torque. At the same time, it reduces fuel consumption by 15 percent compared to the previous generation V6, and delivers impressive towing capability without compromise.

In this new engine, the D-4S direct and port injection system combines two injection systems, which are managed by an engine control module (ECM). The ECM determines the engine’s operating condition – for example, at cold start-up, warm-up, idle, partial throttle, or full throttle – and then uses one or both injection systems as appropriate to maximize power and fuel efficiency.

For complete and up-to-date details and specifications on the 2016 Toyota Tacoma, visit

The 2016 Toyota Tacoma is now on sale at Toyota Dealers across Canada.

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