General Motors may be busy forging an alliance with PSA-Peugeot Citroen, but its cross-town rival – the Ford Motor Company – is actively in the process of exiting a similar joint venture.
While the GM-PSA deal is a wide-sweeping deal that potentially calls for the sharing of components, powertrains, platforms, and production venues, the Ford-PSA joint venture – which stems back to 1998 – involves only diesel engine development.
Presently, the two firms share two engine ranges with one another. The DLD family consists of a number of diesel four-cylinder engines ranging between 1.4- and 1.6-liters in displacement. The small 1.4-liter variant is used in the likes of the Citroen C1 and Peugeot 107, while the 1.6-liter engine can be found in a number of different vehicles, incuding the Citroen DS3, Peugeot 308, Ford Fiesta, and Ford Focus.
A larger 2.2-liter turbo-diesel I-4 is also shared, and can be found in the Ford Mondeo, S-Max, and Galaxy, along with the Citroen C6, C8, and Peugeot 607. That same 2.2-liter unit is also used in several Jaguar Land Rover products, including the Jaguar XLand Rover LR2, and Range Rover Evoque.
Both Ford and PSA once shared the AJD-V6 six-cylinder diesel engine, but PSA has lately begun to implement its own new 3.0-liter diesel V-6 in several product lines.
A release on Ford’s media site notes the two companies will continue to share development of smaller diesel engines (i.e. below 2.0 liters in displacement), but the two companies will go their separate ways in developing larger diesel engines.
Ford says the partnership has already led to production of more than 20 million engines over the last 12 years, and that the decision to cease cooperation on the larger diesels will have no impact on current production of jointly developed engines. Ford says the move also won’t affect the upcoming derivatives of those engines, which were developed to meet Euro 6 emissions regulations set to take effect in 2014.
Is this a fall-out resulting from the GM-PSA alliance, or GM purchasing a 7-percent stake in the French automaker? Not according to Ford: a spokesperson told Automotive News Europe the two parties were discussing going their separate ways “well before the GM-PSA announcement.”
Source: Ford, Detroit Free Press