Toyota expects a boost in Verso sales in Europe thanks to new BMW-sourced engine

Article by Eugene Conan, on March 4, 2014

Toyota is expecting that the majority of future Verso sales in Europe will be versions powered by a BMW-sourced diesel engine, the 1.6 D-4D. Toyota is strengthening its diesel offerings in Europe where around half of new vehicles sold are diesel-powered.

"The new 1.6 D-4D will be by far the most popular engine in our Verso line-up," remarked Fabio Capano, Toyota Europe's product communications director.

"We plan to sell more than 25,000 a year." For 2014, Toyota expects to sell 44,000 Versos in its Europe, including Russia and Turkey, up from 39,320 units last year. Toyota used to offer 2.0-liter and a 2.2-liter diesel variants in the Verso. According to Capano, the European compact minivan segment is lorded by small diesels, with 1.6 variants being the best sellers. 

Toyota regards the diesel 1.6 Citroen C4 Picasso, 1.5 Renault Scenic, 1.6 Volkswagen Touran and 1.6 Ford C-Max as the main rivals for its Verso's 1.6-liter diesel variant.

Toyota produces the Verso at its Sakarya site in Turkey, while the 1.6-liter diesel engine is sourced from the BMW's Steyr facility in Austria. Capano noted that the BMW engines will only be installed in Versos sold in Europe. BMW also offers 1.6-liter engine in its 1 series compact hatchback and the outgoing Mini Cooper D.

Toyota, however, slightly modified the diesel engine for the Verso."Several key components, such as engine mounts, intake, cooling and fuel systems, had to be re-developed to ensure the mechanical marriage between the engine and the vehicle," remarked Mehmet Kilic, Toyota's project manager responsible for the Toyota/BMW engine integration project.

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