• Jun 29th 2011 at 2:03PM
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Suzuki has extended its alliance with Fiat SpA with the announcement that it will turn to the Italian automaker to supply it with 1.6-liter diesel engines. According to the Nikkei (sub. req.), Fiat will reportedly provide Suzuki with up to 30,000 1.6-liter oil-burning engines a year. Suzuki intends to use the downsized mill to power its SX4, a vehicle developed by both Fiat and Suzuki.

Since the 1.6-liter diesel engine already complies with current environmental regulations, Suzuki's decision will eliminate costs of developing its own clean-burning mill and, thankfully, will allow Suzuki to price the diesel-engined SX4 more competitively. For Fiat, the deal means that the Italian automaker has secured a long-term client. The two automakers kicked off their vehicle and engine development partnership back in 2005.

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[Source: Nikkei – sub. req. via Green Car Congress]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 8 Months Ago
      not green
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        What you drive before green cars came out? Did you just drive a bicycle? Stop with these asinine comments.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Suzuki needs to go away. They've become completely irrelevant.
        • 8 Months Ago
        Suzuki is the world's 10th biggest automaker; they'll be around for a while.
      • 8 Months Ago
      The old SX4 was already based on a Fiat design. So no new news here, just a continuation of a prior business arrangement, but this time, they're borrowing the engine.
      • 8 Months Ago
      but suzuki is with volkswagen now..??? so why they dont use 1,6 liter TDI engines from VW ???
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