Daimler and Ford Strengthen Ties With Three-Cylinder Engine Project image

Daimler has strengthened its partnership with Ford after it consulted the automaker regarding the development of the three-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine.

Daimler is manufacturing the new engine with Renault, to be used for the next Twingo minicar and Daimler’s new Smart ForTwo. Ford uses the turbocharged three-cylinder 1.0-liter EcoBoost gasoline direct-injection engine for its Focus compact, C-max compact, the Fiesta subcompact and the B-Max subcompact. The engine has many awards under its belt, for low emissions and performance.

“It’s a very interesting and impressive engine,” engine development director Roland Kemmler of Daimler subsidiary Mercedes-Benz told Automotive News Europe when asked about Ford’s powerplant. “We have had some discussions with Ford engineers about this engine.”

Kemmler added that Ford was willing to share details about its turbocharged three-cylinder 1.0-liter EcoBoost gasoline direct-injection engine, in return for information regarding Mercedes’ Euro6 stratified lean-burn gasoline engines. At the beginning of this year Renault, Daimler and Ford announced they will join hands on fuel cell development, planning to sell by 2017 mass-market hydrogen-powered vehicles.

The partnership between Daimler and Renault-Nissan began in 2010, as the automakers decided to jointly develop and share platforms and engines. The following year, Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche said that the alliance will focus mainly on “small cars and small engines.”

Source: Automotive News Europe