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PSA Peugeot-Citroen opens new three-cylinder engine line in Tremery, France

ABR Staff Writer Published 02 December 2011

French car maker PSA Peugeot-Citroen has opened the new three-cylinder petrol engine assembly line at its Trémery plant in Moselle, eastern France.

The French car maker is renewing its small engine line-up and its new family of three-cylinder engines will be efficient and cleaner, while maintaining power and torque.

The company said that the new three-cylinder engines are more compact and delivers 68 to 82 horsepower, they are expected to reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions by 25% compared with today's four-cylinder engines.

With the new new three-cylinder engines fuel consumption is reduced by about 1.5 litres per 100km.

The new engines will be equipped in Peugeot 208, to be launched in first-quarter 2012, with CO2 emissions of just 104g/km for the 1.2-litre VTI 82hp version and 99g/km the its one-litre 68hp variant.

The automaker has invested EUR717m in the project, launched in early 2008, of which EUR460m for research and development, and EUR257m was allocated for capital spending projects in eastern France, mainly at the Trémery plant.

In the first phase, started in September 2011, the new EB engine will be produced at Trémery and the project has a potential annual production capacity of 640,000 engines and will create 500 jobs.

In a second phase, the new engines designed in France will be produced in Latin America and China to meet local needs and will represent a key asset for the Group's international expansion.