Combining their powertrain operations will save Fiat and General Motors Europe $180 million in 2003 and twice that in 2005. Potential savings from putting all their small cars on a new combined platform in the middle of the decade are even larger. The first synergies will come from GM dropping its diesel engines under 2L in favor of using Fiat powerplants, and Fiat dropping its 2.4L diesel in favor of an Isuzu Motors Ltd. V-6 and GM's 2.2L direct-injection (DI) turbodiesel. At a ...

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