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Ford, Peugeot Expand Diesel Alliance

Posted on October 5, 2005

Ford Motor Co. and PSA Peugeot Citroën announced a €332 million expansion of their diesel engine co-operation, with the launch of two new engine families targeted for commercial vehicle and “executive” car lines.

This is the fourth phase of a series of steps within the co-operation, which has seen the two companies jointly design and develop diesel engines for use across their car and commercial vehicle brands. The program was launched initially in 1998. Since then, more than four million diesel engines have been produced. Ford uses engines produced through the collaboration in its Ford, Mazda, Volvo, Jaguar and Land Rover brands, while PSA Peugeot Citroën uses them in its Peugeot and Citroën products.

Ford Motor Company will produce a dedicated 2.2-liter commercial diesel engine for the Ford Transit, and for PSA Peugeot Citroën's new light commercial vehicles, from its Dagenham engine plant in Essex, England. Up to 200,000 of these engines are expected to produced per annually.

Meanwhile, PSA Peugeot Citroën will produce a 2.2-liter “premium, high output” diesel engine for both companies' medium/large and executive models from its Trémery plant, Moselle France. Production is also estimated to be up to 200,000 units.

The announcement was made by L.W.K. Booth, executive vice president Premier Automotive Group and Ford of Europe, and Jean-Martin Folz, CEO of PSA Peugeot Citroën. “Today's announcement adds commercial vehicles to the impressive mix and a premium 4-cylinder engine for passenger cars that was not planned initially in this fourth phase," they said.

Both are common rail diesel engines feature a number of technical innovations. The new 2.2-liter diesel engine designed and engineered specifically for light and medium commercial vehicles features “smart technology” which allows its 'brain' constantly to adjust itself for maximum efficiency during the life of the engine. The new 2.2-liter premium diesel engine for executive passenger cars features a new extreme conventional combustion system (ECCS), which the companies said reduces emissions at source while improving performance and running noise.

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