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Daimler and Ford team up to develop three-cylinder engine

Published by on May 28, 2013 in News Leave a comment

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The two giants will work together on a new three-cylinder inline engine which will be used by the upcoming Smart ForTwo and Renault Twingo generations. According to Ronald Kemmler, Daimler’s head of engine development, Ford will offer their existing technology (the one-liter EcoBoost engine) in exchange for Daimler’s stratified lean-burn gasoline engine technology currently used by Mercedes-Benz models. Daimler’s new engines meet the strict Euro 6 emission standards and made their debut on the new E-Class facelift.

On the other hand, Daimler is looking for a powertrain solution for the upcoming Smart ForTwo and their plans are for the new mini car to get around 96 grams of CO2 per kilometer. The ForTwo’s current engine was developed by Mitsubishi and it was also used by the Smart ForFour (built on Mitsubishi Colt’s platform). The partnership between Daimler and Mitsubishi ended in 2008, when the Smart ForFour’s production was shut down due to slow sales. And now, since a new ForTwo generation is required, Daimler decided to partner with Ford and Renault-Nissan. The three-cylinder engine developed by Daimler with Ford technology will also be available to Renault, whose advantage is the production capabilities, Daimler officials being impressed with how well the French carmaker produces cars on a large scale.

According to AutoNews, this is just the first step of the partnership between the three giants, because the next step will be the jointly development of a new hydrogen fuel cell. By 2017, the three carmakers want to bring a fully functional and affordable hydrogen car to the market.

Source: AutoNews

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