September 11, 2007

Renault-Nissan Alliance unveils diesel bound for North America

Nashville, Tennessee – Nissan North America Inc. has confirmed that a concept clean diesel engine unveiled in Frankfurt by its Alliance partner Renault will be the basis for the clean diesel engine planned for the Nissan Maxima in the U.S. market in 2010.

The 3.0-litre V6 dCi Concept engine was designed within the Alliance, with Renault taking on much of the engineering responsibility, and Nissan providing performance target settings. In keeping with the Alliance commitment to maintain each company’s distinct brand identity, the companies will market the engine separately.

During the engine’s development, attention was paid to power output, torque, noise control and achieving the rigid Tier 2 Bin 5 emissions standards in the U.S. The engine features specially-designed air intake ducts, which increase combustion speed, and a particulate filter and nitrogen oxide processing system.

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