Toyota Motor Corporation and Isuzu Motors have reached an agreement for production of a new-generation, smaller-displacement four-cylinder diesel engine for the European market, beginning in 2012.
The new plan follows a memorandum of understanding that the two companies entered last November, when the automaker purchased a 5.9-percent stake in the company. The agreement included the intent to seek collaboration from Isuzu in production and diesel-engine research and development areas, while
The automaker’s sales have been growing at a rapid rate in the European market, especially since rolling out more diesel models over the past several years. In 2005, the company introduced a new ‘D-CAT’ line of larger 2.0- and 2.2-liter diesels, initially offered on the sporty Avensis line, and since then the automaker has greatly expanded its diesel offerings on Euro-market Toyota and Lexus models — including the Lexus IS, which now offers a version of the 2.2-liter.
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