French partner to join new fuel project

Wolfsburg. A French automaker will join Volkswagen and DaimlerChrysler's effort to develop a diesel fuel made of biological matter such as plants (also called Sunfuel), Matthias Rabe, boss of the VW Group's research sector, told Automobilwoche.

Rabe would not disclose the name of automaker, but according to insider information it is the Renault Group.

"We need this support in order to strengthen the product," said Rabe, referring to development costs. "At first we will focus on Europe and on distributing the fuel accordingly."

VW and DaimlerChrysler began working with Shell to open a pilot plant in eastern Germany to produce synthetic fuels.

Fleet tests with the CO2-neutral fuel provided positive results.

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