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2011 Nissan March – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Lotus Evora 414E Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Lotus Engineering has reached an agreement with the Spanish Fagor Ederlan Group to develop and produce a small engine for use as a range extender in electric vehicles – a system similar to that found in the Chevrolet Volt. Lotus first showed its 1.2-liter inline-three engine at the Geneva Motor Show in the Evora 414E and Proton Emas concepts.

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It's no secret that BMW, like many other automakers, is working on smaller three-cylinder engines for its future products in order to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Some of those engines will go into the next generation of Mini products. Mini's goal is to provide a significant improvement in fuel economy without sacrificing performance.

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It's no secret that BMW, like many other automakers, is working on smaller three cylinder engines for its future products to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Some of those engines will go into the next generation of Mini products and the goal is to provide a significant improvement in fuel economy without sacrificing performance.

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PSA Peugeot Citroën has announced that it will spend €175 Million to tool up one of its engine plants to build a new turbocharged inline three-cylinder engine. The Douvrin engine plant will have a capacity of 320,000 units per year starting in early in 2013. The 1.2-liter engines will join a normally aspirated version that debuts one year earlier.

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PSA Peugeot Citroën have announced that it will spend €175 Million to tool up one of its engine plants to build a new turbocharged inline-three cylinder engine. The Douvrin engine plant will have a capacity of 320,000 powerplants per year starting in early in 2013. The 1.2-liter engines will join a normally aspirated version that debuts one year earlier.

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Mercedes-Benz A-Class - Click above for high-res image gallery

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Ford 1.6-liter EcoBoost four cylinder - Click above for high-res image gallery

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That the inexorable movement of downsizing engines would eventually hit the low end of the market is no surprise. With turbo 6 cylinders supplanting V8s and fours taking over for sixes, the current fours are likely to be replaced by boosted twins and triples in the near future. Volkswagen and Fiat are known to be working on the former and BMW and Mercedes are evidently developing three-cylinder units. At the Stuttgart automaker, three cylinder engines are expected to appear in the A, B and C-Cla

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PSA Peugeot Citroën, already Europe's leader in low CO2 emissions, is planning on introducing a new line of small-bore three cylinder engines. It seems that the French automaker is keen on keeping their eco-friendly reputation, as this information comes shortly after we heard that PSA plans to make its Stop & Start system standard across its line. Their one liter three cylinders are expected to offer from seventy to one-hundred horsepower. PSA's "aim is to offer the market vehicles with

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