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Old 06-06-2003, 07:24   #1 (permalink)
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UK: Jaguars finally get diesel engines

Jaguar will on Friday announce a multi-million-pound deal to launch its first range of diesel models, according to the Welsh newspaper, the Western Mail.

The paper says the deal will link Jaguar parent company Ford with Peugeot and Citroen owner PSA to put diesel engines into the legendary British cars for the first time in the firm's 81-year history.

Ford Motor Company president Sir Nick Scheele, PSA Peugeot Citroen chief executive Jean-Martin Folz Jaguar Cars chairman Bob Dover are to reveal details of the venture at Jaguar's research and development centre at Whitley, in Coventry, the Western Mail said.

The paper said an all-new, high-performance, 2.7-litre V6 diesel engine capable of developing more than 200bhp will make its debut in the Birmingham-built S-Type Jaguar next year.

The Western Mail said it also understood that Jaguar would next week unveil a diesel version of its smaller X-Type model to be powered by Ford's 2.0-litre Duratorq engine and scheduled to go on sale in September.

The paper said the move would give Jaguar a significant boost in the European Union car market where, last year, almost 40% of new cars sold were diesels.

The Western Mail noted that Ford and PSA have been collaborating in a project to develop state-of-the-art diesel engines since 1998 - a deal which has already seen more than £900m invested by the two companies in the French-built 1.4-litre HDi diesel which powers the Citroen C3 hatchback and the Ford Fiesta.

This, the third phase of the co-operative plan, will see the new PSA V6 diesel being made in the UK at Ford's plant at Dagenham in Essex, the paper said, adding that the engine would later find its way into Peugeot models.

Other recent reports have suggested the new V6 will also be used in some Ford models

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Ford, PSA: 350 million euros invested in engine

Reuters / June 06, 2003

COVENTRY, England -- Ford Motor Co. and PSA Peugeot Citroen said on Friday they had invested 350 million euros ($412.7 million) in a new V6 diesel engine, which will be manufactured in Britain.

"The total investment by Ford Motor Co. and PSA Peugeot in manufacturing and engineering for the V6 diesel program is 350 million euros," Nick Scheele, Chief Operating Officer of the world's second largest automaker Ford, told reporters.

Phil Lake, chief engineer of Ford Diesel Engine, said initial production of the V6 direct-injected common-rail diesel engine at Ford's Dagenham plant in east London would be up to 150,000 units a year.

Lake also said there was scope for further expansion of production as required and the engine would debut in the Jaguar S-type luxury car in 12 months.

PSA Chairman Jean-Martin Folz said the engine would be available in both Peugeot and Citroen brands and other Ford brands in Europe a few months after its debut in the Jaguar marque.

Scheele told reporters there were no current plans to produce diesel engines in the United States but believed that diesel had a "significant future" in the world's biggest car market.
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What next - a 2 litre turbo Falcon? V4 Mustang? Electric Probe?

(At least the last would be useful if it could be used on the product planners).

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What next - Electric Probe?

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