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Renault starts production of innovative 1.6L Diesel engine

By SYF77 on 31 May 2011

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The Cléon site (in Northern France) is starting production of the new flagship in Renault’s powertrain range, the Diesel Energy dCi 130 (R9M type). Developed by Renault, the Energy dCi 130 benefits from the know-how of the engineering team at the Rueil-Malmaison centre outside Paris in the design of benchmark diesel engines, such as the 1.5 dCi, 2.0 dCi, 2.3 dCi and V6 dCi. This alliance engine will be fitted on Renault and Nissan brands European mid-range vehicles (C segment). At Renault, it will be available primarily on Scénic and then Mégane.

Developing 130 hp for a capacity of 1.6l, the new engine slots in between the dCi 110 range (also known as 1.5 dCi or K9K) and the dCi 150 to 180 hp (also known as 2.0 dCi or M9R). This new engine is the first in the new generation of “Energy” combustion powertrains. It features a raft of CO2 reducing technologies never before seen at this level of the range, including a stop/start system with regenerative braking. It will be the most efficient diesel engine in its category, with fuel consumption and CO2 emissions that are 20% lower than its predecessor. Renault’s ambition is to mass market this innovative and high quality engine that respects the environment.

The new engine will be built solely at the Cléon site, which is specialized in producing engines of high technical content. It has put in place an innovative industrial plan to ensure a high level of productivity and outstanding quality standards. The new unit is expected to account for around 30% of the site’s total engine output from 2012. The production site currently has a staff strength of about 450 people.

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I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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