A 1.2L 4-cyl. turbodiesel “mild” hybrid system, expected to replace 2L diesels in C-class size cars and provide a fuel economy improvement of 20%, will begin road tests this year and be ready for customer presentations in 2002. The joint venture brings together advanced Ricardo Inc. diesel technology and Valeo SA’s 42-volt starter/generator/flywheel hybrid unit in a system that will showcase a number of advances. The targeted 59 mpg (4L/100 km) fuel economy, electrically heated exhaust ...

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