ANSWERS TO some of the auto industry's engine technology questions could come more quickly with DaimlerChrysler.
In Europe and the USA, regulatory pressure is mounting for cleaner, more fuel-efficient cars. Small engines, fuel cells and high-pressure direct injection use technologies that could address that demand.
In the near term, Chrysler's experience of building low-cost, four-cylinder engines could benefit Mercedes-Benz vehicles as the marque enters lower market segments.
Chrysler is refining its four-cylinder expertise in a joint venture with BMW AG to produce conventional 1.4-liter and 1.6-liter engines in Brazil.
Daimler-Benz is working in high-pressure direct injection and fuel cells. Both technologies are leading contenders in the race to develop a car that will travel 100km on three liters of fuel.