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Diesel family set for debut

FORD and PSA Peugeot Citroen have announced the latest stage in their diesel engine co-operation.

The companies are to build a new family of 2.2-litre common rail turbodiesels – one for cars to be built at PSA’s Tremery plant in France from January and one for vans which will be assembled at Ford’s Dagenham Diesel Centre, with production beginning this month.

The van engine will be available in 85, 100, 110, 120 and 130bhp outputs for use in Ford, Peugeot and Citroen commercial vehicles.

The car engine will be a 2.2-litre unit, badged HDi for the French cars and TDCi for Fords. It will be available in single and twin-turbo format, with power outputs ranging from 156bhp to 170bhp.

Neither manufacturer has revealed which engines will go into which models.

The diesel announcement came as Ford of Britain’s director – fleet operations, Kevin Griffin, was launching the firm’s Drive for Diesel campaign to encourage fleets to buy new Ford diesel cars before a change in company car tax and how diesels are treated from January 1, 2006.

From that date, diesel cars which meet Euro IV emissions levels will no longer enjoy the waiving of the 3% supplement – so effectively all Euro IV diesels will jump by three company car tax bands.

However, cars registered before that date will still enjoy the 3% discount for the life of the vehicle as a company car.

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