The European automotive industry is facing
increasing demands for fuel-efficient and environmentally sound
vehicles, both from government authorities and from concerned customers.
Future market shares will depend in large part on their ability
to provide such vehicles. Japanese and US car manufacturers are
already working on new gasoline direct injection (GADI) systems
which will improve fuel efficiency.
This project brought together major European
car and engine manufacturers with the aim of developing new GADI
systems for European-manufactured cars. A patented direct injection-flow-combustion
system is now available for use by all of the partners, including
a new combustion chamber configuration and electronic control. The
system reduces fuel consumption by about 15 to 20 % and the ultimate
goal of reducing emissions has been achieved.
During the course of the project, Mitsubishi
launched a GADI engine, and by the time the first European GADI
engine enters the market, Mitsubishi will have already produced
over 300. Clearly, this project represents an enormous contribution
in advancing European interests in this important area.