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Automotive company launches turbo engine range

Filipe Naigulevu
Wednesday, November 08, 2017

POWER, reliability and comfort.

These are just some of the qualities of the new turbo diesel engine Toyota Hilux in Fiji which was launched yesterday by Asco Motors.

The automotive distributor introduced the new range of diesel engines at their regional training centre in Nabua, Suva, which boasts a combination of excellent performance and outstanding fuel efficiency features.

And with the huge demand for Toyota Hilux in Fiji, Asco Motors CEO Craig Sims said the new Hilux GD engines were built upon its rock solid reputation.

"The demand continues to grow and the Hilux remains to retain the highest resale value of pick-ups in Fiji.

"We have received our first shipments and they are selling like hot cakes," Mr Sims said.

"The first shipment has pretty much been sold out and the next one is arriving very shortly."

The diesel engines are available in a 2.4L unit with an output of 160hp and the 2.8L with an output of 177hp.

The 2.8L and 2.4L are known by the codes of 1GD-FTV and 2GD-FTV respectively.

The new GD family of engines has slight distinctive features from the existing ones, known as 1KD-FTV in 3.0L and 2KD-FTV which is 2.5L.

The 1GD 2.8-litre produces 177hp output compared with the 1KD 3.0L which has outputs of 171hp and 360Nm.

The 2GD 2.4-litre generates outputs of 160hp and 400Nm, compared with the 144hp and 343Nm in the 2KD 2.5-litre.

According to a statement from Asco Motors, the engines are the first diesel engines which use thermo swing wall insulation technology.

This makes the 2.8L 1GD-FV engine on the most thermally efficient in existence, with a maximum thermal efficiency of 44 per cent.

Besides the technical improvement, the diesel engine is said to also eliminate most emissions of nitrogen oxide, a leading agent of air pollution.

"Asco Motors presold all units from the first shipment the majority from the second batch we are to receive this month," Mr Sims said.

"There are only five unsold units which will be available at our Suva showroom."

Mr Sims said they would also be conducting a roadshow on Saturday at their sales car park.

He said this was an opportunity for potential customers and interested individuals to test drive the demonstration vehicles and experience the new power of the engines.

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