Suzuki is seeking to expand its diesel model offering in Europe and could extend its cooperation with PSA Peugeot Citroen in addition to its existing engine supply deal with the French company, according to a newspaper report.

The report in La Tribune cites remarks made to the paper by the managing director of Suzuki’s French operations, Jean-Francois Parde.

As the diesel share of the market has accelerated in Europe in recent years (now 30% in Europe and as high as 55% in France), several Japanese carmakers have been disadvantaged by a lack of diesel engines. They have been trying hard to develop their own diesel engines or buy them in.

In recent years, Toyota for example, has sunk considerable investment into the development of its own compact diesel engines.