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Fiat passes 4 million mark with 1.3 16v MultiJet engine production

The 4 millionth 1.3 16v MultiJet engine left the Fiat Powertrain plant in Bielsko Biala, Poland, on 4 February. Fiat called this a “prestigious achievement” testifying to the great success that this small diesel engine has achieved since 2003.

The engine is the evolution of the Common Rail system invented by Fiat in 1997. Constantly updated in terms of technological content, the 1.3 16v MultiJet (currently produced in its latest development, known across the world as the MultiJet II) has received numerous awards, including Engine of the Year (1.0-1.4 liter category) in 2005.

The engine is available with several power levels: from 75 hp, with fixed geometry turbocharger, to 85 hp and 95 hp, both with variable geometry turbocharger.

The MultiJet is fitted on a large number of cars from the Fiat Group Automobiles range, from the Fiat Panda to the models in the Punto family, from the Lancia Ypsilon to the Fiat Qubo, the Alfa Romeo MiTo (under the trade name JTDm) and the Fiat 500. Indeed, it is on a Fiat 500 intended for a French customer that the 4 millionth MultiJet will be installed, specifically a 95 HP Euro 5. Since 2008, the 1.3 16v MultiJet is also produced in the Fiat Powertrain plant in Ranjangaon in India.



It will be good to have award winning European economy engines in the US.


Could become a good ICE for extended range PHEVs?


Its time to relax our air pollution standards a bit, after all there are many places in the US that would have no issues at all.. no reason to limit everyone to CA like standards.


"Could become a good ICE for extended range PHEVs?"

Since range extenders can be run at a constant load (high), then just a plain low cost atkinson cycle-like engine does just as well.. at a lower cost, simpler and lighter.

George Furey

"Its time to relax our air pollution standards a bit"

I absolutely agree with this statement. What the public doesn't understand is that EPA vehicle pollution standards inhibit the fuel efficiency of our cars. Many people I know tend to group these two together, when in fact there is an inverse relationship between the cleanliness of an engine and its efficiency.

For example, some friends of mine work at Cummins Diesel. In the dyno test cells, they can change the ECU programming to bypass all emissions equipment and obtain incredible efficiencies. I would love if they could offer this to the public, but because of emissions standards they cant run the engine lean because of the NOx it produces.

Our high emissions standards are one of the primary reasons our engines over here (for the equivalent amount of displacement) don't get nearly the MPG that european cars do, and is also the reason diesel cars arent competitive over here like in europe.

Making engines run dirtier is certainly not a good thing, but if they are burning less fuel to begin with, then overall the increase in emissions should not be much greater.

George Furey

"It will be good to have award winning European economy engines in the US."

Without a change in emissions standards, the Fiat engine mentioned in the article if imported to the US will have to be detuned to pass our emissions, and will as a result run much less efficiently

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