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Opel, SAIC to unveil engines at Paris motor show

ABR Staff Writer Published 28 March 2012

Opel, the subsidiary of US carmaker General Motors (GM) and China’s SAIC Motor (SAIC) are planning to unveil a new engine powering the Opel/Vauxhall Junior mini car at Paris motor show, in France this year.

The jointly developed engine is offered in three and four cylinder versions, ranging from 1.0 to 1.4 litres featuring direct injection and turbocharging capability.

The companies are expecting a double-digit gain in fuel economy and torque for the new engines.

GM said that it is also planning to launch a new 1.6-litre diesel and gas engine for US models, replacing the current units by two years from now.

Opel/Vauxhall Junior is a three-door mini car powered by a 1.0-litre engine, while the company is also planning o launch its electric version by 2015.

Last year, the two companies have collaborated to develop and build electric vehicles (EV) in China, according to inautonews.com.