BMW and PSA Keep the Link Going For Small Engines
By Brendan Moore
BMW and PSA/Peugeot-Citroen have signed a deal to continue working together on a series of small engines destined for Mini, Peugeot and Citroen small cars. The engines will be 1.4 liter and 1.6 liter four-cylinder variants.
Since the joint venture started in 2006, over 1.3 million engines have been jointly produced by the two companies.
The engine partners expressed a desire to bring the current Prince engine into compliance with the new EU6 regulations as soon as possible.
Spokesmen from the two auto companies also stated that additional cooperation in “other possible areas” at the system and component levels.
‘The aim is to leverage synergies in the development, production and procurement of selected components,’ said a spokesman.
BMW says that the first use of the next-generation Prince engine will occur in the future Mini Countryman.
The agreement was signed by Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, and Philippe Varin, Chairman of the Managing Board of PSA Peugeot Citroën, in Paris.
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