GENEVA (AP) - Fiat has unveiled a new engine at the Geneva Auto Show that shows the kind of technology driving a proposed alliance with Chrysler.
The Multiair is a two-cylinder engine that Fiat claims is revolutionary in design. It is expected to reduce both fuel consumption and carbon emissions up to 10%. It controls air flow during the combustion cycle, while downsizing from four to two cylinders saves weight as well.
Multiair will debut in Alfa Romeo's MiTo beginning in the fourth quarter, before its rolled out across the company's brands.
As part of the process of securing a deal, Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne has jetted from Geneva to Washington to testify to lawmakers.
The partnership would give Fiat a 35% stake in the U.S. automaker in return for new technology but no cash.