Vauxhall and GM will introduce 13 new engines by 2016, as the automakers look to improve their vehicles’ fuel efficiency and emission levels.
One new engine has already been launched in the new Cascada convertible and Vauxhall and GM prepare more petrol and diesel engines, varying between 1.0-litre and 2.5-litres to address criticism regarding their current engines. Engineers are currently working to improve not only fuel economy and emission levels, but also noise, harshness and vibrations.
According to Mike Ableson, Vice President, engineering, at GM Europe, the new engines are expected to reduce CO2 emissions by 27% by 2020.
“That equates to 1 million tonnes less of CO2 in that time period. The new engines, along with brand new manual and automatic transmissions that we are also rolling out are part of our Drive 2022, 10-year action plan. We have taken on board a lot of constructive criticism from customers in terms of our engines and transmissions and we have been working on these new products for the past five years,” said Ableson.
The automaker prepares not only new engines to cut emissions and improve fuel efficiency, but also new automatic and manual gearboxes for low-, mid- and high torque engines, and new continuously variable and dual clutch transmissions.