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Mitsubishi Motors Corporation and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Announce Joint Development of New Generation Diesel Engine

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Announce Joint Development of New Generation Diesel Engine  
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Technology, Mitsubishi Motors
on 06/20/2006

Source: Mitsubishi

Mitsubishi Motors and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries have agreed on a joint development project for a new generation diesel engine to be used in cars exported to Europe. After the agreement is finalized, development will begin in earnest with the target of beginning mass production in 2010. Demand for diesel engines has been growing, especially with the European market calling for the lowering of CO2 emissions. Mitsubishi Motors, in parallel with its efforts in electric vehicles, is developing this engine as a nucleus of its environmentally friendly technology.


The engine will be a two-litre class unit aimed for use in small to mid-sized cars. In addition to meeting the strict Euro 5 emissions standard, the aim is for the unit to achieve best-in-class levels of output and emissions performance. Development will be completed in mid-2009 and the engine will be introduced to Mitsubishi Motors’ key European market models.

Mitsubishi Motors currently uses proprietary diesel engines in its European market Pajero* SUV model as well as in the L200 pickup, manufactured in Thailand. In its small- and mid-sized cars, diesel engines are supplied by Volkswagen AG and DaimlerChrysler AG.

In addition to possibly providing engineering expertise gained through experience in industrial and marine diesel engines, as well as in gas turbine technologies, Mitsubishi Heavy is studying the provision of equipment and systems for development and testing. Also, expert engineers may be dispatched from Mitsubishi Heavy to Mitsubishi Motors to aid in the project.

On an ongoing basis, Mitsubishi Heavy will continue to provide technical expertise and support to aid in the execution of Mitsubishi Motors’ revitalization plan, as well as expanding co-development projects and other businesses that benefit both companies.



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