France’s PSA Peugeot Citroen, the second largest automaker in Europe and Ford, the second biggest US carmaker, will remain partners for the next generation of diesel engines, according to the latest report coming from French newspaper Les Echos.
The tie-up to produce small diesel engines will be extended between the two rivals, with Ford receiving variations of the new family of diesels called DV-R and developed by PSA – the powertrains are most likely up for introduction in 2017, said the report from the French newspaper. Les Echos further said, with the revelations coming from an unnamed person with knowledge of the matter, the two companies would make a deal on the matter before the summer to simply expand and extend their current agreement. The initial deadline for the partnership had been set for 2017.
PSA Peugeot Citroen, a well known maker of diesel engines – a powertrain highly sought back home in France and across numerous European countries – announced the introduction of the new DV-R range of diesel engines would come in the 2017-2018 timeframe. They are set to replace the current 1.4 and 1.6 liter models and the engines would come in compliance with the Euro 6.2 emission targets that will also be introduced in 2017. The plant in Douvrin, Northern France, will take charge of the production of the new family of engines, thanks to a 60 million investment to lift yearly build quota to around 640,000 engines. After 2018, another equal capacity module will be functional at another factory in France, as well.
Via Automotive News Europe