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CDI engine origin

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When I initially got my first Smart (Sept/23, more to come?), since I knew nothing of the car, I did searches and learned as much as I could.  In respect to the engine, it is stamped MB right there on top but who in fact makes the engine.  One search mentioned Mitsubishi, while a European colleague mentioned that Renault makes the engine 450 cdi for MB. 

Can someone chip in and give me more detail on the engine origin.  Thanking you in advance.

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The engine was made in Daimler's Berlin engine factory. It was based upon the gasoline "Suprex" engine that was also made  there, but ironically it ended up being a far better engine than the Suprex. Renault and Mitsubishi had nothing at all to do with it.

 

Mitsubishi made the gasoline engine for the 451; the 451 cdi engines were based upon the 450's diesel.

 

The 453 had Renault engines. 

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