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Iran-Khodro to introduce cars equipped with its own new diesel engine this year

Fars News Agency reports that automaker Iran-Khodro Company (IKCO) will begin introducing cars equipped with its self-developed diesel engine by 2013. Mass production of the engine will start in 2015, according to Alireza Aslani, the project manager of the IKCO diesel engine.

According to the report, IKCO’s strategy is to increase the production of diesel engines to 100,000 units by 2016, or 10% of the company’s total production.

This new 16-valve 1500cc turbocharged engine produces 120 hp (89 kW) of power, with 256 N·m (189 lb-ft) of torque. Fuel consumption is 5.5 liters of fuel per 100 km (42.8 mpgUS). The engine meets Euro V emission standards and could be mounted on C and D segment sedans manufactured for Iran market.



Now even Iranian automakers achieve higher power density than the mighty VW Group. At only 105 hp in the “high-output” version (110 to come soon) from their 1.6-liter engine, VW now has a massive lead in the anti-downsizing league. Once upon a time, they were first with direct injection (DI) and turbo (T). Their TDI engines were undisputedly in the lead in power density. Then, what happened?

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