PSA Peugeot Citroën is to develop a new family of 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engines with power ranging from 52 to 75kW.
This engine will bring very significant reductions in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions and will enable the Group, currently the leader in low CO2-emitting vehicles, to maintain its competitive advantage.
The aim is to bring to market vehicles with CO2 emissions below 100g/km without additional technology.
Two manufacturing sites will be established; one in France, the other in Eastern Europe.
The first facility will be operational from 2011 and have an annual capacity of 600 000 engines. It will be located in France on the PSA Peugeot Citroën site at Trémery, which, in 2007, manufactured 1.74 million engines.
A second facility will be established in Eastern Europe by 2012. PSA Peugeot Citroën has begun looking at several countries in this region and the choice will be made in mid-2008.