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Lifan and Ricardo developing two 1.2L turbo gasoline direct injection engines Chongqing Lifan Industry (Group) Co., Ltd., one of the largest professional motorcycle manufactures in China, and Ricardo plc are developing two 1.2L turbocharged, gasoline direct injection engines for applications in Lifan sedans as soon as 2012.

In 2006, Lifan signed a Heads of Agreement with Ricardo to develop a new family of car engines and transmissions. (Earlier post.)

Yang Shimin, vice president of Ricardo UK Shanghai office, said in the next year and a half Lifan and Ricardo will make the engines mentioned in UK according to the Euro 5 emission standards.

Lifan’s existing models—the 520, 620, 320, and the 720 currently under development—will be equipped with the two 1.2L engines, which are 20% more fuel-efficient than the 2.0L engines in the market. The new engines are expected to be put into operation at the end of 2012 or in the first half of 2013, Yang Shimin revealed.


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