Renault Plans New Diesel Engine in France
Beside helping the alliance concentrate its efforts on environmentally-friendly units, the new engine will indirectly fight against the economic turmoil by preserving around 450 jobs at the factory, the aforementioned source nots. Furthermore, building it in France is a decision that perfectly complies with French President Nicolas Sarkozy's requirements who asked the domestic automakers to maintain operations in the country in exchange for government funds.
The Cleon production plant was severely hit by the economic recession, with engine production down to 569,000 units in 2008 compared to 740,000 units in 2007. Additionally, transmissions production fell from 783,000 units in 2007 to 653,000 units in 2008.
Since it will be launched in 2011, the new engine will perfectly meet Euro 5 emission regulations, which become mandatory in 2010. And speaking of emissions, the French manufacturer says the CO2 levels of the upcoming unit will be cut by around 30 grams per kilometers while fuel consumption is reduced by around 20 percent, Autonews wrote.
Specifically, the diesel unit will generate 130 horsepower, similar to the current 1.9-lite diesel configuration already included in Renault's lineup. The first models to get the new engine will be Megane, Laguna plus a series of light commercial vehicles.