2023 Author: Eric Donovan | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-08-25 09:36
Europe's largest car manufacturer Volskwagen is for the time being ruling out the construction of two-cylinder engines. Head of Development Hackenberg believes that downsizing has already reached its limits with three cylinders.
The automotive trend is towards ever smaller, more economical engines. In technical jargon, this is called "downsizing". But while a two-cylinder petrol engine is already used in the Italian city car Fiat 500, the Wolfsburg-based car manufacturer VW is initially excluding engines with fewer than three cylinders for cars.
Three cylinders have reached their limits
According to the British magazine "Autocar", for example, head of development Ulrich Hackenberg believes that downsizing has already reached its limits with three cylinders. "Improvements can only be achieved in terms of performance and economy, but not in a decreasing size", says the developer. Despite the research on smaller engines, the VW Up mini car is (initially) with three-cylinder units on the market.
Only when these engines are optimally developed and improved can smaller engines be considered, confirms VW Jetta technical director Michael Hinz. However, he warns at the same time: "Although cars run with two cylinders, it is very tough from a production perspective." Because even the production of three-cylinder units is quite expensive.(mid)
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