Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Engines Boost for East London; Es Wheels

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Engines Boost for East London; Es Wheels

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Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS

A CHIC new city-commuter car from French firm Citroen is to be powered by a diesel engine built by workers at Ford's east London, Dagenham plant.

While Ford will soon stop making Fiestas at the factory, switching production instead to Cologne, it is investing [pound]600 million in a state-of-the-art engine plant to build advanced new power units for a wide range of cars.

One of the first to get the new 1.4 engine will be the CitroIn C3, which will compete with the new Ford Fiesta when both are launched in the UK next year.

Initially, the new CitroIn may receive engines from a French plant but will soon switch to a Dagenham-sourced unit.

According to CitroIn, the unusually styled new C3 will achieve up to 70mpg with the new unit, significantly slashing fuel bills compared with more traditional diesel and petrol engines.

Other special features on the car, that will be about the size of a Fiesta, include a rear-parking sensor to help owners squeeze into tight city spots and electronic wipers that switch on when they sense rain. …

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