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Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC) will collaborate with the Malaysian national carmaker Proton Holdings Berhad. As the first step of the collaboration, SMC will supply KD (knocked down) components for a Suzuki model to Proton.

Proton will manufacture the model at its own plant, and distribute and sell the model under the Proton brand through its sales network in Malaysia. The first model will be a compact passenger car, to be manufactured at the PROTON Tanjung Malim plant from around August 2016. Other additional models will be mutually studied by Proton and SMC.

In future, supply of engines and transmissions by Suzuki to Proton will be also studied.

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Earlier in June, Suzuki announced a lightweight and compact 2-cylinder 0.8L E08A diesel engine for compact cars. Maximum output is 35 kW (47 hp) @ 3500 rpm, with 125 N·m (92 lb-ft) of torque @ 2000 rpm. This engine will be installed on the Celerio, a compact car produced and distributed in India, for launch in India.

Suzuki has been installing diesel engines mainly onto overseas models varying from 1.3L to 2.0L, which were supplied from or produced under the license of other manufacturers. To meet the need for diesel engine variants in the Indian market, Suzuki has developed the in-house 2-cylinder 793 cm3 E08A diesel engine.

The E08A diesel engine has realized weight-saving using an aluminum cylinder block and installing compact fuel distributor system and turbocharger suited for 2-cylinder engine. By decreasing the compression ratio (15.1) and installing a large intercooler, it has combined high torque in the low rpm range and fuel efficiency. Also, by optimizing the flywheel, the low frequency vibration specific to 2-cylinder diesel engine has been mitigated.

Upon installing the engine onto the Celerio, low frequency vibration and combustion noise from the engine have been mitigated by optimizing the engine mount and vehicle body rigidity, as well as adding noise absorption materials, etc. to raise comfort.

The diesel variant of the Celerio is rated at 27.62 km/L (3.6 l/100 km, 65 mpg US) in India.

Comments

Peterww

They'll need to do a lot more than that to cancel the NVH from a diesel, in-line twin 4-stroke engine. Who cares, it's only for poor people.I hope they are at least trying to keep down the Pm emissions for India, a country already suffering greatly from that problem.

Nirmalkumar

People like peter think thateverything that is produced in india is for poor and can be polluting.peter should know that indian car are less polluting then american ones and now there are millions in india who are better off then americans

Herman

Nirmalkumar: I have manufacturing partners in India and I am confident in the products they build, and we are happy to place our labels on these components. Likewise I am greatly impressed by their engineering talent. But the reality of air pollution in India is challenging, and I defy you to find a single American city that regularly experiences the particulate pollution endured by citizens of major Indian cities.

Please, please do not think that by saying this I disdain the work done by India to make improvements. Not at all: India's extraordinary leaps in personal mobility have come very quickly, and the emissions challenges are being tackled every day with great vigor. But don't characterize Bharat IV emissions standards, as progressive as they are, as being more rigorous than Euro 6 or current US EPA restrictions. They simply are not.

Peterww

Nirmal, Since the engine I was talking about is designed by a Japanese company, to be made in Malaysia, there was no cause for you to get so defensive about your country, to the extent of making such wild claims about levels of income, or pollution there. I was merely suggesting that Suzuki might not be prepared to spend very much time and money on making this engine any more pleasant to have in one's car, since few would envisage the kind of car it would be installed in having appeal to anyone who could afford better. Have I spelled it out clearly enough for you now ?

mahonj

Would it be useful for a range extender ?
You might be able to reduce the NVH if you limited the rpm range, which you could do for a range extender.

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