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New European Clean Air Rules Could be “Fatal” to Auto Industry, Executive Warns

New rules would be equivalent of 84 mpg by 2025.

by on Oct.06, 2014

New emissions standards, in general, are “one of the toughest issues we face,” said Sergio Marchionne, during the Paris Motor Show.

Facing growing concerns about air quality, global warming and long-term energy supplies, European regulators have begun to debate the possibility of sharply tightening already-strict vehicles emissions standards – but senior automotive executives gathered for this year’s Paris Motor Show are warning such a move could be “fatal” for the auto industry.

Manufacturers say they could, in fact, meet the rules some clean air advocates have been proposing. At least from a technical standpoint, but the cost could be substantial, especially for smaller carmakers, they warn. And of equal concern, industry leaders question whether consumers would be willing to accept the potential compromises or pay the higher prices they’d almost certainly face.

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Europe already has enacted some of the world’s toughest clean air standards. Unlike the United States, which focuses on fuel economy, the EU has been targeting carbon dioxide emissions in an effort to reduce global warming. The current standard will be cut by about a quarter, to a mere 95 grams of carbon dioxide for every kilometer of driving by 2021, roughly equivalent to what a car meeting Americas 54.5 mpg fuel economy standard would have to meet in 2025. (more…)

BMW, Peugeot Citroën Engine Sharing to Continue

Further development of 4-cylinder gasoline engines is agreed.

by on Feb.05, 2010

Philippe Varin, PSA Peugeot Citroën, sitting left, and Norbert Reithofer, BMW AG, sitting right.

The BMW Group and PSA Peugeot Citroën will continue their engine sharing  that dates back to the reintroduction of the Mini brand in 2002.

A revised  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.

The two companies will develop the next generation 4-cylinder gasoline engine, which will meet stringent EU 6 requirements, which take effect in 2014, and strictly limit CO2, hydrocarbon and nitrogen oxide emissions.

Currently, the engine is being used in several Mini models, the Peugeot 207 and 308, as well as Citroën’s C3 Picasso.

The existing family of 1.6 – liter turbocharged petrol engines, with fully variable valve timing and direct fuel injection have power outputs ranging from 55 kW (75 hp) to 128 kW (175 hp).

The cars they are used in have been favorably reviewed, and there does not appear to be any negative effects on the brands, which could come from the use of a common engine.

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There is a widespread assumption in the industry that engine technology is best held closely at individual makers. That assumption is increasingly pushed aside, though, as development costs skyrocket due to emissions and efficiency demands on what is an automobile’s single most expensive component.

Still, preserving brand integrity in a world of shared pieces is a delicate balancing act.   (more…)