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Renault starts production of new diesel engine in France

Published 15 April 2011

Renault has started the production of its powertrain range, the Diesel Energy dCi 130 (R9M type) at its Cleon plant in France.

The Energy dCi 130 benefits from the know how of the engineering team at the Rueil-Malmaison centre outside Paris, (Hauts-de-Seine) in the design of diesel engines, such as the 1.5 dCi, 2.0 dCi, 2.3 dCi and V6 dCi.

This Alliance engine will be fitted on Renault and Nissan brands European mid-range vehicles (C segment), at Renault, it will be available primarily on Scenic and then Megane.

The new engine which generates 130 hp for a capacity of 1.6l, slots in between the dCi 110 range (also known as 1.5 dCi or K9K) and the dCi 150 to 180 hp (also known as 2.0 dCi or M9R).

The company said that it is the first in the new generation of energy combustion powertrains and features a raft of CO2-reducing technologies .

They include a stop&start system with regenerative braking but also, as a European premiere, a new EGR cold loop.

The company claims that it will be the most efficient diesel engine in its category, with fuel consumption and CO2 emissions that are 20% lower than for its predecessor.

The new unit is expected to account for around 30% of the Cleon site's total engine output from 2012, production currently involves around 450 people on-site.