I did read it and the only thing thats similar is the great reviews from car and driver.
I dont believe anything on our vehicle was a collaboration by toyota. We dont have direct injection. So none of the parts that made the conversion are in it.
Aluminum blocks are used by everyone so i wouldnt call it cutting edge now.
For the record my mothers first car was a 72 vega. She loved the thing but she isnt much of a car person and sold it 6 years later i believe