MCE-5 VCRi: Pushing back the fuel consumption reduction limits

It’s High-Tech

The MCE‑5 VCRi is a high performance “green-tech”

Despite its moderate cost price, the MCE‑5 VCRi is a high-performance high-tech engine. The design and manufacturing of its components required extensive knowledge and know-how. Moreover, the MCE‑5 VCRi advanced combustion control via the variable compression ratio will open up new opportunities for engine designers to express their talent. Hence, the MCE‑5 VCRi engine offers new ways for carmakers to stay a step ahead and to cultivate their competitive advantages.

A large German sedan can generate 30 times
the turnover generated by a minimalist
low-cost Indian car

The low-cost vehicle strategy could lead
to the impoverishment of western society

The MCE‑5 VCRi:a high-tech and green-tech product

The possible success of electric vehicles would likely
move a part of automobile production to Asia

VCRi - synonymous in future with
performance and energy efficiency

In response to the economic crisis, carmakers could be tempted to reduce the technological content of their vehicles to make them less expensive. They could also be tempted to reduce performance as the main solution to make them more fuel-efficient. Implementing these strategies on a large scale will inevitably lead to the impoverishment of the automotive industry and civil society. Indeed, a large German sedan can generate 30 times the turnover generated by a minimalist low-cost Indian car. In order to produce that large sedan, skills and infrastructures are required that create highly qualified jobs and strong economic activity. This car will generate revenue for its manufacturer but also for the subcontractors and suppliers whose employees will have a high purchasing power that will benefit their country’s economy. Progressively reducing the performance levels and the cost of cars is synonymous with progressively reducing the ability of citizens to buy sophisticated and expensive vehicles. The wealth of industrial countries has been created via these basic principles of exchange, at more or less high levels.

For this reason, the low-tech, low-cost and low-performance vehicle option is dangerous for western societies. These low-cost vehicles will transfer western automotive jobs to low-cost countries and play into the hands of carmakers from emerging countries. They will increase the global vehicle fleet and worsen the tension on the oil markets by allowing a large poor population to drive cars and consume fuel. As the design of low-cost vehicles is largely based on cost price, these vehicles will discourage research efforts in the fields of energy efficiency and pollution control. In the end, the low-cost vehicle strategy will lead to the impoverishment of western society, and this risk also exists for electric cars. For a country like France, being in competition with China to produce electric cars would be as uncomfortable a situation as being in competition with them to produce microwave ovens. Batteries, electric engines and electronics will make up the essential technological added value of these cars: the production of these components will likely be moved to Asia, as was the case for mass-produced electronic devices or textiles.

In the long term, carmakers that promote low-cost and electric vehicles will be the main employment relocators, before actually progressively losing their own market to Chinese, Indian or Eastern European competitors.

For all of these reasons, making IC engines more sophisticated, high-performance and energy efficient will foster the prosperity of the automotive industry, economic activity and employment in Europe, Japan and the USA. MCE‑5 VCRi is part of this strategy.

Thanks to its effectiveness and sophistication, the MCE‑5 VCRi engine will give the western automotive industry new means to reinforce its technological advance with respect to countries that are certainly ambitious and that have cheap labor but that are less well structured to develop new products. Nevertheless, certain emerging carmakers could make the effort to develop MCE‑5 VCRi to dispose of all the decisive arguments needed to conquer export markets, particularly in Europe and the USA. When all is said and done, MCE‑5 VCRi has the potential to be a technological weapon capable of playing a major role in the fierce strategic and commercial war that carmakers will be waging on a global level.

For carmakers, MCE‑5 VCRi technology will not only be a major opportunity to mark their technological advance, it will also enable them to boost the automotive market as a whole, in a difficult regulatory and economic context. The appeal of new things and of cutting-edge technology will drive consumers to replace their old TV or cell phone by a more modern one: the same principle can be partially applied to the automotive market. Nonetheless, a car is not normally an impulse purchase: to be effective, a sales offer must satisfy a desire but also a need. Indeed, if the initials “GTI” fire the imagination, they are also associated with high fuel consumption and high costs. The “hybrid” concept interests people or makes them feel less guilty but does not fire the imagination: one does not buy a hybrid from passion but from reason.

MCE‑5 VCRi appeals to reason and to passion since it is a high-tech engine with both high-performance and green technology. The aim of MCE‑5 VCRi is to meet car driver’s desires for performance while remaining affordable, fuel efficient, and providing good range. The MCE‑5 VCRi will thereby remove the guilt from buying a high-performance car by making them more socially acceptable and more in line with the necessary management of the big energy issues.

In conclusion, MCE‑5 VCRi is a high-tech engine planned to reinforce the appeal of automobiles. It’s part of a larger industrial, commercial and economic strategy aiming to make the automotive industry sustainable.