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Fiat’s new move



Commences production of petrol engines at its powertrain plant

Italian automaker Fiat will start production of its 1.4-litre petrol engine from towards the end of next year. The engine will be fitted onto the Tata Indigo as well as Fiat’s new models, the Linea and Grande Punto.

This engine will be made in two versions — a base eight-valve version and a more powerful 16-valve version. The engine blocks will be imported from Fiat’s operations in Brazil. The entire manufacturing including machining will be done at the new powertrain plant in Ranjangaon.

In the initial stage the Fiat powertrain plant will have a capacity of 70,000 units per annum, which will increased to 300,000 units per annum. This plant has been producing the 1.3-litre Multijet diesel engine since July this year, which is fitted onto the recently-launched Tata Indica Vista. It will also be available in the Linea, in a more powerful version.

Currently, this engine has a localisation level of 70 to 80 per cent, which Fiat expects to take to 100 per cent as soon as possible. Fiat has used state-of-the-art machines at the new powertrain facility that allow total flexibility in production. This means they can quickly switch between diesel and petrol engine production depending on market demand.

DARIUS LAM

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