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Renault SA and Nissan Motor Co. are teaming up to engineer and market an 0.8-liter engine for India, a land with a long and storied history of loving small engines.

Considering the traffic and narrow thoroughfares that make road travel in India, the move to go small makes a lot of sense for the French and Japanese automakers. However, the problem with selling diminutive, lower-cost engines is that profit margins are smaller and the market is much more competitive.

The engine, once it is ready will be fitted into a Renault car that will debut in India in 2015. The total cost of the project will cost around $100 million. Speaking about the project, Alain Raposo, director in the Alliance Powertrain Planning Office of Renault-Nissan, said, “This engine is being developed from scratch in India.”

Currently, Suzuki Motor Corp. and Hyundai Motor Co. are the two largest carmakers in India.


About the author: Andrew Greene


Now playing the role of grumpy old man in the foothills of Northern California’s Gold Country, Andrew has had a life-long love affair with vehicles of all sorts, from the bicycle he pedaled across the continent in 1991 to the armored personnel carriers he drove in the Army to the bamboo rafts, elephants, motorcycle taxis, ferries and buses he traveled by during the 13 years he lived and worked in South East Asia. Always eager to learn more about how the people of the world get from here to there in their day-today lives, he, a professional journalist, has been covering the vehicle industry for years.


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