The current-generation Mini uses a range of four-cylinder gas and diesel engines produced by a joint venture between BMW and French automaker PSA Peugeot Citroen and it looks like that will continue into the foreseeable future. The two companies' chairmen, Norbert Reithofer and Philippe Varin, signed an agreement today to continue the partnership and build new Euro-VI-compliant versions of the engines. The powerplants will continue to propel both Minis and various Peugeot and Citroen vehicles.

The combined production of the engine family over the past four years amounts to over 1.3 million units. The partners have been pleased enough with the program that they will look at other systems to collaborate on.

[Source: BMW]


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BMW Group and PSA Peuget Citroën signed Agreement on further Development of 4-Cylinder Petrol Engine

* 02.02.2010

Paris. The BMW Group and PSA Peugeot Citroën will continue their successful engine collaboration. An agreement to that effect was signed by Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, and Philippe Varin, Chairman of the Managing Board of PSA Peugeot Citroën, in Paris.

The two companies have agreed to develop the next generation of the jointly designed 4-cylinder petrol engine which will meet EU 6 requirements. Currently, the engine is being used in several MINI, Peugeot and Citroën brand models.

The partners have also confirmed to examine other possible areas for cooperation at systems and component level, with the aim of leveraging synergies in the development, production and procurement of selected components.

"We have always been very successful in our cooperation with our partners, and that is particularly true with regard to PSA. We are delighted to continue our engine cooperation and look into options for further collaboration." said Reithofer.

PSA Peugeot Citroën's Chairman of the Managing Board Varin declared "this new agreement with BMW is confirming the success of the cooperation between our two companies which has produced 1.3 million engines since 2006. I am confident that the next generation of jointly developed engines will reach the same success as the current generation".