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2020 Toyota Venza by Lotus

What happens when Lotus takes a Toyota Venza and plays around with it for a little while? Let’s just say their "playtime" turns into an impressive discovery on how to decrease fuel consumption with minimal cost increase. That’s the short side of it anyway. The longer, more detailed story goes a little something like these next few sentences.

Lotus Engineering has just finished a study for a 2020 passenger car and the conclusion to that study is this: a 38% reduction in vehicle mass, excluding powertrain, can be achieved for only a 3% increase in component costs using engineering techniques and technologies viable for mainstream production programs by 2020. The study investigated scenarios for two distinct vehicle architectures appropriate for production in 2017 and 2020. The near-term scenario is based on applying industry leading mass reducing technologies, improved materials, and component integration and would be assembled using existing facilities.

A benchmark Toyota Venza was disassembled, analyzed, and weighed to develop a bill of materials and understand component masses. In developing the two low mass concepts, Lotus Engineering employed a total vehicle mass reduction strategy utilizing efficient design, component integration, materials selection, manufacturing and assembly. All key interior and exterior dimensions and volumes were retained for both models and the vehicles were packaged to accommodate key safety and structural dimension and quality targets. The new vehicles retain the vision, sight line, comfort and occupant package of the benchmarked Toyota Venza.

We said it was going to be a long version. Now, Lotus can just hope that other automakers adopt this philosophy of performance through lightweight.

Dr Robert Hentschel, Director of Lotus Engineering said: “Lighter vehicles are cleaner and more efficient. That philosophy has always been core to Lotus’ approach to vehicle engineering and is now more relevant than ever."

Press release after the jump.

Press release

Lotus Engineering has conducted a study to develop a commercially viable mass reduction strategy for mainstream passenger vehicles. This study, released by the International Council on Clean Transportation, focused on the use of lightweight materials and efficient design and demonstrated substantial mass savings. When compared with a benchmark Toyota Toyota Venza crossover utility vehicle, a 38% reduction in vehicle mass, excluding powertrain, can be achieved for only a 3% increase in component costs using engineering techniques and technologies viable for mainstream production programmes by 2020. The 2020 vehicle architecture utilises a mix of stronger and lighter weight materials, a high degree of component integration and advanced joining and assembly methodologies.

Toyota Venza by Lotus

Based on U.S. Department of Energy estimates, a total vehicle mass reduction of 33% including powertrain, as demonstrated on the 2020 passenger car model, results in a 23% reduction in fuel consumption. This study highlights how automotive manufacturers can adopt the Lotus philosophy of performance through light weight.

Dr Robert Hentschel, Director of Lotus Engineering said: “Lighter vehicles are cleaner and more efficient. That philosophy has always been core to Lotus’ approach to vehicle engineering and is now more relevant than ever. Lightweight Architectures and Efficient Performance are just two of our core competencies and we are delighted to have completed this study with input from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to provide direction for future CO2 reductions. We believe that this approach will be commonplace in the industry for the future design of vehicles.”

Toyota Venza by Lotus

The study investigated scenarios for two distinct vehicle architectures appropriate for production in 2017 and 2020. The near-term scenario is based on applying industry leading mass reducing technologies, improved materials and component integration and would be assembled using existing facilities. The mass reduction for this nearer term vehicle, excluding powertrain, is 21% with an estimated cost saving of 2%.

A benchmark Toyota Venza was disassembled, analysed and weighed to develop a bill of materials and understand component masses. In developing the two low mass concepts, Lotus Engineering employed a total vehicle mass reduction strategy utilising efficient design, component integration, materials selection, manufacturing and assembly. All key interior and exterior dimensions and volumes were retained for both models and the vehicles were packaged to accommodate key safety and structural dimensional and quality targets. The new vehicles retain the vision, sight line, comfort and occupant package of the benchmarked Toyota Venza.

Darren Somerset, Chief Executive Officer of Lotus Engineering Incorporated, Lotus’ North American engineering division which led the study, said "A highly efficient total vehicle system level architecture was achieved by developing well integrated sub-systems and components, innovative use of materials and process and the application of advanced analytical techniques. Lotus Engineering is at the forefront of the automotive industry’s drive for the reduction in CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions and this study showcases Lotus Engineering’s expertise and outlines a clear roadmap to cost effective mass efficient vehicle technologies."



18 comments:

this new model of Lotus is so beautiful. its design is well thought,its good to use for racing because of its capabilities is very high class and the engine is more powerful than other cars. so it is a good creation keep it going.

Wow, its really impressive to develop a car with a great performance though its lightweight. Well 2020 was very long time to wait, but if this could became successful, it is worthy to wait. Post more updates about this car.

What an awesome and fabulous car! The exterior is already perfect for me, and the spacious interior of this car is really amazing. So excited about this car, can’t wait for another update news on it.

Venza really had an impressive look, this one is a perfect example of a real stunning and awesome car. I love the spacious interior that Venza had. I can’t wait for it.

Toyota Venza really has the luxurious design. Well, I love the spacious and luxurious features of this Venza, but I bet that this one would be too pricey.

Venza really has an impressive look, and this one is a perfect example of a real stunning and awesome car. Even the spacious interior of it is so admiring. Good thing as well that it has an efficient engine.

Toyota Venza really has a luxurious design which is very noticeable on it. I also love the spacious interior of it even the other features of this Venza. I bet that this one would be too pricey.

Toyota Venza by Lotus seems so luxurious and class and the wheels are looking so good and cool. I just hope that the interior technologies of it will be so unique and entertaining.

Venza really had an impressive look, this one is a perfect example of a real stunning and awesome car. I love the spacious interior that Venza had. I can’t wait for it.

toyota Venza is really had the luxurious design, I love the spacious and luxurious features of this Venza. I bet that this one would be too pricey.

Originally intended primarily for the U.S. market, when it was launched for the 1990 model year, Lexus has since grown to become a world wide brand, but it’s the global aspect that’s causing headaches for parent company Toyota.

They didn’t even bother taking the windows/Intel stickers off the TouchSmart.

what a lovely cross over car, I guess the 2020 is very long for this kind of CUV, i bet many will love it once they saw it on photo.

I see more of a resemblance to the Volvo C30 in terms of the trim style

I prayed that toyota will settle all their problems before they launch his baby.

I hope Toyota has already resolve their Issues before making this venza into production.

What a lovely cross over car! I guess the 2020 is very long for this kind of CUV. I bet many will love it once they saw it on proto.

Looks pretty awesome, the structures are unique and I think this will be included as one of the coolest car in year 2020.

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