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Toyota, Mazda, and Subaru Teaming up on New Engines

01 Jun 2024
  • How are the latest engine developments from Toyota, Mazda, and Subaru reflective of their respective engineering philosophies and brand identities?
  • How will the new engine designs enhance vehicle performance and design flexibility while improving efficiency and innovation?
  • How does the partnership between Toyota, Mazda, and Subaru aim to balance their competitive nature?

In an era where electric vehicles (EVs) dominate automotive headlines, Toyota, Mazda, and Subaru have taken a different path. At a joint conference in Japan, these three automakers announced their collaboration on developing new internal combustion engines (ICEs) compatible with carbon-neutral fuels. This move marks a significant step towards reducing carbon emissions while maintaining the distinct driving experiences associated with each brand.

Unique Approaches to Signature Engines

Unique Approaches to Signature Engines

Rather than creating a universal engine, each manufacturer will focus on developing "signature engines" that reflect their unique engineering philosophies and brand identities.

Toyota is working on new inline-four engines. The company showcased a 1.5-liter unit separately and inside a prototype, along with a larger 2.0-liter engine. Both engines promise "high output and high thermal efficiency," though specific performance details remain under wraps.

Mazda is reviving its iconic rotary engine technology. The company presented single- and dual-rotor engines designed primarily for EV applications, such as those seen in the MX-30 and the Iconic SP sports car concept. These rotary engines currently serve as generators to power batteries, with no direct mechanical connection to the wheels. However, Mazda hinted that this could evolve, potentially leading to rotary engines directly powering vehicles again.

Subaru continues to refine its horizontally opposed boxer engines. The brand introduced a next-generation hybrid system, showcased in a camouflaged Crosstrek prototype. The current Crosstrek model in the United States lacks a hybrid option, although other markets enjoy an electrified version combining a 2.0-liter boxer engine with a 12.3-kilowatt electric motor and a small lithium-ion battery pack.

Enhancing Performance and Design

Enhancing Performance and Design

Along with environmental benefits, these new engines aim to enhance vehicle performance and design flexibility. The automakers are focusing on creating smaller engines, which will allow for lower hoods and improved aerodynamics, thereby increasing overall efficiency. This redesign also provides automotive designers with more freedom to innovate.

Additionally, the integration of motors, batteries, and other electric drive units into these next-gen ICEs will further boost performance. This approach is expected to benefit enthusiasts looking for fun-to-drive cars without sacrificing environmental responsibility.

Maintaining Rivalries, Strengthening Collaboration

Maintaining Rivalries, Strengthening Collaboration

Despite their collaboration, Toyota, Mazda, and Subaru emphasized that they remain competitors. This partnership is solely focused on advancing ICE technology and achieving mutual goals in sustainability and performance. Each company will continue to pursue its unique vision while benefiting from shared research and development efforts, ultimately accelerating the development and lowering the costs of these advanced engines.

The collaboration between Toyota, Mazda, and Subaru represents a bold and innovative approach to the future of internal combustion engines. By embracing carbon-neutral fuels and integrating advanced technologies, these automakers are paving the way for a new generation of environmentally friendly, high-performance vehicles. Enthusiasts and eco-conscious drivers alike have much to look forward to as these developments unfold.

Wael Nakhle

BY Wael Nakhle

Wael is an automotive content writer specializes in creating written content for Motor 283. Producing a wide range of content, including blog posts, articles, product descriptions, reviews, and technical guides related to cars, trucks, motorcycles, and other vehicles, with an unprecedented passion for cars, and motorcycles.


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Adamas Motor Group, the exclusive Retail Partner of Morgan Motor Company in the UAE and Bahrain, proudly announces a significant milestone in its expansion in the Middle East region with the Grand Premiere of the long-anticipated Morgan Plus Four sportscar held aboard the iconic Queen Elizabeth 2 cruise ship in Dubai, UAE.

The highly exclusive event marked the official arrival of the Morgan brand in the region with Adamas Motor Group officially appointed to support the wider GCC network with providing a suite of Managed Services, in addition to their continued efforts as exclusive Retail Partner in the UAE and Bahrain.

The event was graced by the presence of prominent guests from Morgan Motor Company including CEO, Massimo Fumarola and Chief Design Officer, Jonathan Wells, as well as His Majesty’s Consul General to Dubai and Northern Emirates, Oliver Christian. 


17 Jun 2024

The Dubai-based 2015 Lamborghini Veneno Roadster featured on SBX Cars has become the most valuable car ever transacted via an online-only auction platform, selling for US$6,000,000 last week. The sale surpasses a 2017 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta, which previously sold for US$5,360,000 in 2022. This marks not only a new online auction record, but also an impressive milestone for the newly-founded SBX Cars platform.

The rare Veneno Roadster, only one of nine worldwide, had previously appeared at a well-known in-person auction house in 2020, with an estimated sale price of between €4,500,000 and €5,500,000, however, failed to sell.

Previously owned by a member of the House of Saud, the royal family of Saudi Arabia, the coveted road-legal 6.5-liter naturally-aspirated V12 Veneno Roadster has a maximum output of 750 PS / 552 kW / 740 HP and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.9 seconds, with a top speed of 355 km/h.

Finished in a matt black over an interior trimmed in lime green and black leather, the super sports car also boasts lime-green pinstriping on the exterior, adding a touch of contrast and personality to its fighter-jet-like bodywork.

In the two months since launching, SBX Cars has registered thousands of global bidders from over 40 countries, and has sold cars into the US, Mexico, Dubai, Kuwait, Germany and Hong Kong. The platform is the world's first global premium auction site, selling the the most coveted and collectible vehicles to buyers all over the world.

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The New MINI Cooper 5 Door

17 Jun 2024
The New MINI Cooper 5 Door

A few months after the launch of the new MINI Cooper 3 Door, the five-door Cooper is now joining the new MINI family. The MINI Cooper 5 Door is characterised by the brand's typical driving fun, extended space, and distinctive functionality. These make the five-seater an exceptional phenomenon in its segment, together with its unique design - a combination of tradition and modern, purist styling - and innovative assistance systems.

The body dimensions are almost identical to those of its predecessor and underline the basic idea behind every MINI: To create as much space as possible on a small footprint. In the case of the MINI Cooper 5 Door, this means an interior that offers enough space for five passengers. All of which benefits the occupants in terms of comfort and space. Short overhangs, clear surfaces and expressive accents also give the new MINI Cooper 5 Door its unmistakable charisma. Inside, digital innovations and an immersive user experience take the MINI DNA to a new level.

The larger body version of the purist MINI Cooper also delivers the brand's hallmark driving fun and agile handling. There is a choice of two efficient petrol engines which, combined with the modern chassis and precise steering, deliver the hallmark MINI go-kart feeling.

The three-cylinder petrol engine of the MINI Cooper 5 Door C generates 156 hp. The MINI Cooper 5 Door S is powered by a four-cylinder petrol engine with 204 hp. Hallmark MINI steering and powerful brakes ensure a high level of driving fun, safety, and comfort. Compact dimensions, short overhangs, and a small turning circle make the MINI Cooper 5 Door a versatile model for the city.

The new MINI Cooper is characterised by "Charismatic Simplicity". The design language of the current MINI family presents the traditional values of the brand with a striking clarity. The authentic design language of the new models combines advanced technology with elementary principles of vehicle design and brand origins.