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Old 03-24-2007, 01:46 AM   #1
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News FHI to Invest 4-5 Billion Yen in Tokyo Engine Testing Facility

A 3.21.07 article in an industry paper in Japan (my rough translation):
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Fuji Heavy Industries will reinforce their engine testing equipment at their Tokyo (Tokyo metro, Mitakashi-shi) facility. Currently, FHI is developing a diesel engine. The aim is to boost their speed in order to meet future, stricter emissions regulations worldwide.

Simultaneously, old equipment in the the facility will be updated and the layout will be modified. The total amount invested on the engine testing facility will be 4-5 billion Yen (~US$34-42 million).

Equipment to test emissions and chassis dynos are some items that will be added. FHI has several of these facilities. But the development of the diesel engine, the increased number of new car models and other factors led to a shortage of testing capabilities.
http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20...000005-nkn-ind
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Last edited by flyinpig; 03-24-2007 at 11:18 AM. Reason: billion, not million yen :P
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Old 03-24-2007, 02:40 AM   #2
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A 3.21.07 article in an industry paper in Japan (my rough translation):


http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20...000005-nkn-ind
What a waste. They should be investing this money in getting a hybrid or green vehicle out faster...
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Old 03-24-2007, 06:54 AM   #3
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I think you mean billion Yen, or else its just $423,000.
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Old 03-24-2007, 10:14 AM   #4
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I think you mean billion Yen, or else its just $423,000.
oops, yes billion. thanks for the catch.
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Old 03-24-2007, 11:14 AM   #5
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What a waste. They should be investing this money in getting a hybrid or green vehicle out faster...
give me diesel over a hybrid any day. Hybrids are a band-aid, diesels can easily run bio fuels and have little to no petroleum based fuel. Now a biodiesel/plug-in hybrid may be worth the effort to really whoop up on the "green" market but otherwise... meh.
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give me diesel over a hybrid any day. Hybrids are a band-aid, diesels can easily run bio fuels and have little to no petroleum based fuel. Now a biodiesel/plug-in hybrid may be worth the effort to really whoop up on the "green" market but otherwise... meh.
I concur...
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give me diesel over a hybrid any day. Hybrids are a band-aid, diesels can easily run bio fuels and have little to no petroleum based fuel. Now a biodiesel/plug-in hybrid may be worth the effort to really whoop up on the "green" market but otherwise... meh.
I think its social irresponsible for us to use what could be used as land to produce food to make fuel when so much of the worlds population is starving. especially when it would require a huge amount of land to produce any true quantity of bio fuel. "Producing 10 per cent of the world's transport fuels from crops would require 9 per cent of the planet's agricultural land" New Scientist September 23-29, 2006 Pg. 40.
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^^There's no shortage of food worldwide; famines are caused by local political and transport problems, not by shortages of food as such.

But I agree using large amounts of farmland to produce fuel is problematic; it is already driving up the price of corn and things like pork and beef that are affected by it.
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I think its social irresponsible for us to use what could be used as land to produce food to make fuel when so much of the worlds population is starving. especially when it would require a huge amount of land to produce any true quantity of bio fuel. "Producing 10 per cent of the world's transport fuels from crops would require 9 per cent of the planet's agricultural land" New Scientist September 23-29, 2006 Pg. 40.
because we don't subsidize our existing farmland and no one is running almost exclusively on bio fuels (brazil)
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give me diesel over a hybrid any day. Hybrids are a band-aid, diesels can easily run bio fuels and have little to no petroleum based fuel. Now a biodiesel/plug-in hybrid may be worth the effort to really whoop up on the "green" market but otherwise... meh.
amen

**** hybrids, a low-displacement turbodiesel will currently outperform them by a large margin while getting much better fuel economy and generally crapping on the environment less (those batteries are nasty pieces of work, and how long do they last? 100k?).
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What a waste. They should be investing this money in getting a hybrid or green vehicle out faster...
You need a testing facility, before you can make an engine.
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