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by Brett Davis

Suzuki is apparently working on producing a new engine, specifically, an extremely fuel efficient one for the minicar market segment in Japan. The engine will be just 0.66-litres in capacity and boast hybrid-like fuel economy figures.

According to a recent report by Nikkei Business in Japan, the new engine will offer a potential fuel consumption of 27km per one litre of fuel. Translated into L/100km, it means the new car will use just 3.7L/100km. Reports say if this fuel consumption rating makes it to production, it’ll provide a 20 percent increase in fuel economy over the company’s current offerings.

Suzuki hasn’t brought out a new minicar car engine for 16 years, the return will help the company remain competitive in the market. And since the minicar is Japan’s most popular car segment – taking up around 40 percent of the auto market – Suzuki is in need of an update more inline with today’s engine economy potentials.

Reports also say Suzuki is preparing to spend up to 20 billion yen (around $244 million) on developing a factory to build the engine in and to get it up to scratch.

Taking a big step in this direction will also be a part of Suzuki’s plans to become more competitive in other international markets, such as China and India.

No other specific engine details, or associated technology, has been released yet, but the technology is likely to trickle down into other Suzuki vehicles in the next few years.

The engine will debut in the Suzuki MR Wagon and then become available in all other Suzuki city cars.




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