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

Wow, an article not pertaining to Ferrari! Am I experiencing visual hallucinations? lol

26 February 2012

[quote Queen Vicky]Wow, an article not pertaining to Ferrari![/quote]

You got an obsession with Ferrari...

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

26 February 2012

[quote Queen Vicky]Wow, an article not pertaining to Ferrari! [/quote] out of 21 pages of news items there are only two reports about Ferrari's compare that to the reports for German makes or even MG which also has 2, your comment makes no sense whatsoever.

27 February 2012

[quote matsoc]Opel engines change was due and expected, no big surprise... [/quote]

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.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

27 February 2012

[quote TegTypeR]Peugeot / GM tie up as both manufacturers could do with both new more efficient petrol and diesel units[/quote]

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.

27 February 2012

[quote TegTypeR]

[quote matsoc]Opel engines change was due and expected, no big surprise... [/quote]

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.

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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

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

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