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Ford is set to extend its turbodiesel engine joint venture with PSA Peugeot Citroën – a deal that has been in place since 1998 – beyond the current deadline of 2017, according to Automotive News.

Citing French newspaper Les Echos, the report states that Ford will sign an agreement in the summer to receive variants of PSA’s new DV-R engines, which will replace the Ford-sourced DLD 1.4 litre and 1.6 litre mills in Peugeot’s and Citroën’s lineups starting from 2017. The new oil-burners will be built to comply with Euro 6.2 emissions regulations that will come into effect during the same time.

The French automotive group is said to be investing €60 million (RM245 million) on its powertrain plant in Douvrin to increase capacity to 640,000 engines in 2017, with a second production module – also capable of 640,000 units – installed in another plant in Tremery the following year. Final assembly of Ford’s engines will be performed at a UK facility, presumably at the Dagenham plant.

Thanks to former joint ventures and subsidiaries, the engines produced by the joint venture have been seen use in a number of different vehicles, from Volvos and Jaguars on Ford’s side to MINIs on PSA’s side. Since then, Ford has sold off its European subsidiaries (it has also discontinued the use of diesel engines over 2.0 litres, such as the 2.2 litre mill in the Peugeot 508 GT), while MINI now utilises BMW’s in-house diesels.