General Motors announced today that it will work with French automaker PSA Peugeot-Citroen to develop a new generation of small engines.
The partnership is part of a revised agreement originally intended to co-develop larger models for the European market. Now, the companies will work to build smaller cars aimed at the European market in an attempt to mitigate losses in the cutthroat European new car market. While little of the agreement seems immediately relevant to the U.S. market, plans for a 1.0- and 1.2-liter three cylinder engine could have a significant impact in North America.
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Ford will soon be selling the Fiesta sub-compact with its 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine (pictured above) which makes as much power as the car’s current 1.6-liter four cylinder.
While GM hasn’t expressed plans to use the smaller powerplants in its North American products, the Chevrolet Spark and possibly the larger Sonic could both be logical candidates.
Details on when the next generation of engines will be available haven’t been released yet, but the cars being produced in the partnership are expected by 2016.
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[Source: Automotive News]