Daimler and Ford recently inked a deal to work together on fuel cell development and it looks like their cooperation is growing as the companies have reportedly exchanged engine data.

Daimler and Ford recently inked a deal to work together on fuel cell development and it looks like their cooperation is growing as the companies have reportedly exchanged engine data.

Automotive News says Daimler got a peek at Ford's 1.0-liter thee-cylinder EcoBoost engine, while Ford got some information about Daimler's "stratified lean-burning powerplants."

Little else is known about the information swap but Mercedes engine development director Roland Kemmler declared Ford's EcoBoost engine is "very interesting and impressive."

Daimler is likely interested in Ford's three-cylinder engine because they are currently developing a turbocharged three-cylinder unit with Renault for use in the next-generation Smart ForTwo. Kemmler didn't have much to say about the mill but confirmed it will be "conventional" and offer a variety of outputs.

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