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Volkswagen rules out use of two-cylinder engine in Up! city car?

by Autoblog Staff (RSS feed) on Nov 29th, 2010 at 8:26AM

Fiat's recent introduction of the two-cylinder TwinAir engine in the 500 has not swayed Volkswagen to reconsider placing a two-piston mill in its own Up city car. If anything, Fiat's TwinAir debut has convinced VW that two-cylinder engines are simply too costly and complicated to develop. VW actively pursues engine downsizing, witnessed by its use of three-cylinder gasoline engines and sub-2.0-liter diesel mills but, according to the company's research and development chief, Ulrich Hackenburg, downsizing is nearing the limits and dropping the cylinder count to just two is not in the... Read More

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