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Vauxhall-Opel is poised to replace its entire line-up of four-cylinder diesel and petrol engines
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26 February 2012

Vauxhall-Opel is poised to replace its entire line-up of four-cylinder diesel and petrol engines, starting this year with a new range of direct-injection 1.6 petrol units for the Astra.

The engines will feature hi-tech refinements required to cut fuel consumption and CO2, such as turbocharging, double variable valve timing and, where necessary, balancer shafts. They will all be designed to work in hybrid applications.

The move, involving a €500 million investment and first revealed by Autocar last year, was announced this week by CEO Karl-Friedrich Stracke.

It means that, by 2014, the group will be offering three all-new modular engine families: MGE (Mid-Size Gasoline); MGD (Mid-Size Diesel), also comprising mostly 1.6s with various outputs; and SGE (Small Gas Engine), which will feature three-cylinder and four-cylinder petrol engines between 1.0 and 1.4 litres. Stracke says all of GMís ubiquitous Family Zero engines will be replaced by 2014.

The emphasis for future performance cars will be on four-pot turbos with outputs up to and beyond the Astra VXRís 276bhp. There is no plan to replace existing V6s with new designs. They will be developed as necessary, says Stracke, but demand is expected to decline.

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xxxx 27 February 2012

Re: Vauxhall engines: all change

TegTypeR wrote:

matsoc wrote:
Opel engines change was due and expected, no big surprise...

I would also suspect that this also coincides quite nicely with the talk about a Peugeot / GM tie up as both manufacturers could do with both new more efficient petrol and diesel units.

The oiginal announcement about updating the engines was over 4 months ago, besides that manuafactures always have soemthing on the go, Ford's 1.0 turbo engine, VW's new Modular chassis, BMW's triple turbo, their tie-up with Toyota etc

giulivo 27 February 2012

Re: Vauxhall engines: all change

TegTypeR wrote:
Peugeot / GM tie up as both manufacturers could do with both new more efficient petrol and diesel units

I wonder whether this would spell the end of the PSA-Ford collaboration in Diesel and PAS-BMW in small capacity gasoline engines, or whether they would all be shared.

TegTypeR 27 February 2012

Re: Vauxhall engines: all change

matsoc wrote:
Opel engines change was due and expected, no big surprise...

I would also suspect that this also coincides quite nicely with the talk about a Peugeot / GM tie up as both manufacturers could do with both new more efficient petrol and diesel units.