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.
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.