Swedish automaker Volvo says it will take the "next step towards zero emissions" with the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show unveiling of downsized four-cylinder gas and diesel engines. Peter Mertens, Volvo's senior vice-president of research and development, claims:
Engine downsizing is considered an effective method to reduce emissions and improve fuel efficiency. The basic concept is simple: replace a larger engine with something that displaces less and, typically, packs a turbocharger to make up for any lost power. One impediment to engine downsizing is low-speed preignition (LSPI). Preignition occurs when the combustion chambers ignites prior to the spark event. This causes advanced combustion timing which can lead to heavy engine knock and catastrophic
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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.