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Hybrid Car Review: Bosch Set to Build Hybrid Diesel for European Carmaker

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Bosch Set to Build Hybrid Diesel for European Carmaker

Bosch, the world's largest auto parts supplier, have a contract to supply parts for a diesel hybrid to a European automaker. They will supply the electronic controller for the diesel engine, and the electric motor and its controller.

But which automaker and what type of hybrid is a bit of a mystery. Will it be a full hybrid, i.e. Toyota Prius, or a mild hybrid, as in the current Saturn Vue Greenline.

According to automakers, a diesel hybrid engine has been too expensive to build. But recent pressure from European governments to limit CO2 emissions must be changing minds in European boardrooms.

The new diesel hybrid engine will be on the road by 2010. And according to Rold Leonhard, Bosch's executive vice president of engineering for diesel systems, "It would be the benchmark in fuel consumption achieving CO2 emissions below 100 grams per kilometer."

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