Skoda has commenced production of a new four-cylinder engine which will be shared between itself, Audi, Volkswagen and Seat.
The all-new 1.2-litre design is a supercharged, direct fuel injection unit capable of producing 77kW and will carry the TSI (Turbo Stratified Injection) family name.
Skoda BOD chairman, Reinhard Jung, said the engine was designed specifically to minimise CO2 emissions and fuel consumption.
“This brand new TSI engine provides a unique opportunity of combining environmental friendliness with a well-balanced driving performance.
“With substantially lower CO2 figures, this new engine needs to be seen as a contribution to a significant reduction of average emission volumes in our cars,” he said.
The new engine has forced the expansion of Skoda’s manufacturing plant in Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic, which yesterday celebrated 110 years of constant engine production.
Skoda’s head of engine manufacturing, Milan Stanek, was delighted with the decision to produce the new TSI at Mladá Boleslav, a site that made more than 270,000 engines and half a million transmissions last year.
“This new unit is going to be one of the most important engines for the company, and we are indeed pleased that it is our plant that is going to manufacture it.”
November 18 marked the 110th anniversary of the first official ride on a Laurin & Klement motorbike produced at Mladá Boleslav in 1899.
Skoda Works acquired the engine plant in 1925 which later went on to become the Skoda Auto we know today.
by Tim Beissmann