Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Fiat And Daimler Chrysler In Engine Alliance

Fiat And Daimler Chrysler In Engine Alliance

Fiat Forms Strategic Alliance With Daimler Chrysler To Provide Engines

Fiat 3.0 litre JTD Turbo Diesel engines are used in Mitsubishi light commercial vehicles

Fiat Powertrain Technologies and the DaimlerChrysler Truck Group have announced a strategic co-operation agreement for the supple of powertrains, with the first step being the long-term supply of the advanced Fiat 3.0 litre JTD Turbo Diesel engine used in the new Fiat Ducato for use in the Mitsubishi Canter range of light commercial vehicles.

Starting in 2009 Fiat Powertrain Technologies will provide 80,000 3.0 litre JTD engines (codenamed F1C) a year to Mitsubishi Fuso, with plans to significantly increase volume in the following years.

The engine being supplied to the DaimlerChrysler Truck Group is a Common Rail Diesel engine, with 3.0 litre displacement, rated 115.5 kW at 3,500 rpm and a torque of 400 Nm at 1,400 rpm. Thanks to the optimized design of all engine components and to the advanced technology of its injection and turbocharging systems, this engine guarantees excellent performance and fuel consumption. The F1C engine is currently manufactured only in Foggia, Italy, but production in an additional site will shortly be started as part of the globalization of Fiat Powertrain Technologies' footprint.

The current Canter generation was introduced in 2002 and is one of the most successful light-duty trucks in Asia - sold over 132,000 times in 2006 in over 106 countries world-wide. Its great success and Mitsubishi Fuso's core competence for such vehicles makes MFTBC the world-wide Competence Centre for light-duty trucks within the DaimlerChrysler Truck Group.

Within the framework of this strategic supply-agreement the two companies are also investigating further potential business opportunities in other markets, including South East Asia.

"This agreement is a key step in our strategy aimed at developing strategic partnerships in all sectors of the Fiat Group" says Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Group. "Our ability to partner with DaimlerChrysler is confirmation that the decision to carve out our powertrain activities as a separate sector two years ago was the right one, and that we have products and technical skills to satisfy the needs of a demanding market."

Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of DaimlerChrysler AG and responsible for the Mercedes Car Group, says: "Today's and future emission regulations demand a high level of investment and technological specialization. This agreement provides a value added for both companies, the Fiat Group and DaimlerChrysler."

Andreas Renschler, Member of the DaimlerChrysler Board of Management and responsible for the Truck Group, added: "Today is a milestone for the DaimlerChrysler Truck Group in many ways. With this alliance we have reached the best decision for our Fuso customers as we will offer them the most modern, technologically advanced and ecologically friendly light-duty engine for their businesses. And the engine will deliver high performance combined with highly competitive fuel efficiency."

"This agreement witnesses the level of our technology and supports the strategic role of FPT in expanding its business outside the captive market" said Alfredo Altavilla, CEO of Fiat Powertrain Technologies. "We trust this supply agreement can be the first step in a long-lasting and mutually satisfactory cooperation in further selected projects."

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