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2014-12-09


- New engine already meets strict Euro 6 emission standards
- Engine to be used in Insignia and Zafira
- Key component in Opel powertrain offensive



Kaiserslautern/Rüsselsheim. Opel Kaiserslautern is celebrating the arrival of a new engine. Regular production of the new 2.0-liter diesel started with Jim DeLuca, GM Executive Vice President Global Manufacturing, and Peter Christian Küspert, Vice President Sales & Aftersales Opel Group in attendance. The ultra-modern engine already complies with strict Euro 6 emission standards.

The high-tech diesel, offering 125 kW/170 hp and impressive torque of 400 Nm (295 lb ft) will be available for Opel’s flagship, the Insignia, and the Zafira Tourer. However, the new 2.0 CDTI does not just impress with its power and torque but also with considerably reduced consumption and emissions. Noise and vibration levels were lessened so that the engine offers smoothness previously unknown in this segment. The new diesel is five decibels quieter than its predecessors in idle mode.

Thus, the 2.0 CDTI fulfills all important requirements of a modern engine and will increase the desirability of the Opel diesel portfolio. It marks the start of a new generation of large diesel engines, which will be developed by engineers in Torino and Rüsselsheim with the team in North America also assisting.

“The plant in Kaiserslautern is making a valuable contribution to Opel’s powertrain offensive by producing the youngest member of the two-liter diesel engine family. We are proud to have been chosen to build this high-tech engine. The experienced team will master this task and deliver in the usual high quality,” said Peter Winternheimer, provisional plant manager of Opel Kaiserslautern.

The plant in Kaiserslautern, which is known as a center of competence for engines along with bodywork and chassis components, has a long tradition in engine construction. Since 1980, over nine million engines have been produced in Kaiserslautern. Diesel engines have been made there since 1982. In 1996, a new diesel engine plant was built and production increased.

Opel recently announced further investments for the production of a new engine and transmission family to be produced in Kaiserslautern and other plants.
 

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Two places I'm familiar with...Lived near Rüsselsheim in Mörfelden-Walldorf and had to travel a lot to Kaiserslautern (or "K-Town" as its called by US military personnel) for training, meetings, etc.

This familiarity should give me discount on an Insignia, I mean Regal, but GM doesn't see it that way:confused:
 

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And herein lies the kernel of Cadillac's rumored new diesels, I bet.
That wouldn't fit into the grand plan of Cadillac only engines...or is it ok because it is "German engineered?"
 

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Is this yet another redevelopment of the JTD inherited from the now defunct GM-Fiat alliance ? Since the press release makes no reference to a type name, like MDE or Family II, I assume it is.
I don't think that would fair or accurate. Yes, it has four cylinders and yes it uses diesel, but by now I would think it's fair to say that.
Let's see if it makes it to the Cruze.
It will not.
I presume a twin turbo will follow soon?
That would be cool, wouldn't it?
 

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I don't think that would fair or accurate. Yes, it has four cylinders and yes it uses diesel, but by now I would think it's fair to say that.
AFAIK, it's not an all new engine - it's physically recognisable as a development of the Fiat JTD, swirl-pots and all.

Ironically, this engine would have gone into Cruze if Chevrolet had been able to establish a presence in Europe.

The Fiat's ongoing development of the JTD (not shared with GM) has a twin turbo version so no real reason why not on the GM engine.
 

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American Cruze has Pratola Serra engine block.
The Fiat Modular engine (also known as "Pratola Serra" engine) is a series of automobile engines from Fiat, including gasoline and diesel powered engines ranging in displacements from 1.4L to 2.4L.

There are two specific engine families within the Modular series which include:

Family B (straight-4)
Family C (straight-5)

They have an iron engine block and aluminium cylinder OHC heads and are built in Fiat Powertrain's plant in Pratola Serra, Italy. Ownership of some diesel variants designs is shared with General Motors which build is own versions in Opel's engine plant in Kaiserslautern, Germany.
 

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There is a lot of misunderstanding about GM V-Motori ownership with Penske and later with Fiat and GM selling its take off to Fiat.
In the time GM had control of V-Motori, they used that relationship to establish their own internal Diesel expertise. The GM powertrain Center in Torino Italy is the result. Now GM does not need to go outside to build diesels and do not need to share powertrains with Fiat. Eventually you might see the GM Duramax relationship shift from Isuzu to GM powertrain.
 

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Which one?
VAG's 3.0 TDI. They made high output 2.0 TDI solely for transverse installation.

There is a lot of misunderstanding about GM V-Motori ownership with Penske and later with Fiat and GM selling its take off to Fiat.
In the time GM had control of V-Motori, they used that relationship to establish their own internal Diesel expertise. The GM powertrain Center in Torino Italy is the result. Now GM does not need to go outside to build diesels and do not need to share powertrains with Fiat. Eventually you might see the GM Duramax relationship shift from Isuzu to GM powertrain.

NO!

GM Powertrain in Torino is a relict from GM-FIAT partnership. GM's diesel expertise has nothing with VM.
 

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There is a lot of misunderstanding about GM V-Motori ownership with Penske and later with Fiat and GM selling its take off to Fiat.
In the time GM had control of V-Motori, they used that relationship to establish their own internal Diesel expertise. The GM powertrain Center in Torino Italy is the result. Now GM does not need to go outside to build diesels and do not need to share powertrains with Fiat. Eventually you might see the GM Duramax relationship shift from Isuzu to GM powertrain.
I think you misunderstand the workings of the GM-Fiat Powertrain arrangement - Powertrain aquired the former Fiat model-B (JTD) engine, among others, under the joint arrangement, - when GM-Fiat Powertrain was dissolved, both GM and Fiat retained rights to develop Powertrain engine independently, which they have done.

Both GM and Fiat now have independent new versions of the Model-B engine, different but both recognisable as originating from the JTD

GM's involvement in VM Motori resulted in nothing for GM - they joint-funded the 3.0 V6 diesel but pulled out before the end leaving sole rights to VM Motori which were transferred to FCA when Fiat aquired VM Motori.

All the I4 diesels used by GM in FWD platforms, except one, originate from Fiat - GM has full rights to use those designs in perpetuity and built by the GM subsidiary, Powertrain. The exception is the 1.6 MDE which has been developed by Powertrain since the dissolution of the GM-Fiat Powertain arrangement. The 1.3 and 2.0 diesels show their Fiat heritage very readily on visual examination.

Ownership of production rights can/does change the labelling of engines but can't hide the original heritage of GM diesels.
 
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