Important Chinese Publication Reports Growth in Turbocharged Passenger Vehicles
The Yangcheng Evening News recently reported that major manufacturers have been upgrading their passenger vehicles with turbochargers, double–clutch and hybrid technologies to achieve better power-efficiency. It goes on to point out that many of the new vehicles launched at the Auto Guangzhou show were equipped with turbocharged engines and dual-clutch gearboxes resulting in significant advantages in reducing emissions, increasing performance and lowering fuel consumption — a key concern for consumers.
The article quotes David Paja, Vice President and General Manager for Honeywell Transportation Systems in China and India saying: “With increasing concerns over air pollution in China, the government is setting more stringent emissions standards for vehicles and implementing higher targets for fuel economy. This growing acceptance of turbocharging has triggered a strong increase in turbo penetration in passenger vehicles, whose sales have grown by 50% this year. This is mainly because turbocharging can help improve fuel economy by up to 20%, which is a key decision-driver for consumers. Translating into ROI, this means consumers can get their money back from gas savings within two to three years.”
The long-established Yangcheng Evening News remains one of the most popular in the Guangzhou–Pearl River Delta area that it serves, and its influence extends nationally. It covers a wide range of areas including business and financial news, lifestyle and health. It is a daily publication with a circulation of 1,790,000.
Wall Street Journal: “70 Percent Of Americans Have Not Yet Driven A Diesel Vehicle, Honeywell Turbo Survey Shows”
The Wall Street Journal features an article about the recent survey conducted by Honeywell Turbo Technologies which reveals 70 percent of Americans, and 73 percent of Millennials (those under the age of 35), have never driven a diesel-powered vehicle, yet 56 percent recognize that running diesel fuel is more fuel efficient than using gasoline. The article quotes Honeywell Transportation Systems President and CEO Terrence Hahn who points out “turbocharged diesel engines have an opportunity to make an impact with today’s younger car buyers who understand and even prioritize the fuel economy advantages of the technology, but have not yet been able to drive one.”
Honeywell Helps Cut CO2 in New VW Golf
Automotive News reports the Golf’s suppliers, including Honeywell which supplies the turbocharger for the Golf’s 1.6-liter diesel engine, played key roles in helping Volkswagen reduce CO2 emissions by an average of about 14 percent across the new Golf’s model range. Volkswagen Group head of development coordination Ulrich Hackenberg estimated this CO2 reduction means “119,000 tons less CO2 will be produced annually in Europe alone.”
Forbes.com: “Turbocharging Is Taking Over. Get Used To It.”
“It’s a good time to be in the turbocharger business,” says a Forbes.com article. “Besides enabling engine downsizing, turbocharging and direct injection can be less costly than a hybrid gasoline-electric powertrain.” The article stems from an interview between Forbes contributor Jim Henry and TS president and CEO Terrence Hahn. It shares edited excerpts from the Q&A session during which Hahn explains Honeywell turbochargers are “fuel-agnostic – that is, we can work with gasoline or diesel. The driver in the showroom is fuel efficiency.” Hahn goes on to share that there are 60 vehicles from about 20 brands in the United States with Honeywell turbochargers for the 2014 model year, with more to come in the next five years.
Reuters: “Honeywell projects big jump in automotive turbos by 2018”
Reuters published an article about the growing interest in turbochargers globally saying “The use of turbochargers to boost power in smaller automotive engines is expected to increase rapidly over the next five years, with the greatest growth anticipated in China, according to Honeywell International, a major player in the sector.” Citing TS President and CEO Terrence Hahn at length, the article predicts China will see the number of turbocharged vehicles growing from about 4 million this year to 10 million in 2018. North America, another fast-growing market, will expand from 3.9 million to 6.5 million over the same period. Reflecting the rising popularity of turbochargers in all major markets, Hahn says Honeywell has more than 500 new applications that are expected to reach production within the next 24 months.
Wall Street Journal, Detroit News Report U.S. Interest in Turbochargers is on the Rise
The Wall Street Journal and Detroit News both report the U.S. turbocharger market is growing rapidly. They cite both the Environmental Protection Agency’s recent projection that by 2025, 90 percent of new vehicles in the U.S. will be turbocharged as well as Honeywell’s own estimates that the number of vehicles sold in North America equipped with turbocharged engines will grow from 17 percent today to 31 percent by 2018. “Honeywell’s turbo technologies will be part of more than 60 models in the United States in 2014 reflecting nearly 20 different brands,” said Honeywell Transportation Systems President and CEO Terrence Hahn. “We see the U.S. market growing this year by approximately 22 percent from last year reflecting the addition of some 700,000 new turbocharged vehicles in 2013. Downsized turbocharged engines are a no compromise solution for consumers demanding great fuel economy and performance with the added benefit of reducing harmful emissions.”
The Washington Post: “Turbos & Diesels: Like ‘Em Or Loathe ‘Em, They’re Becoming The Norm”
A Washington Post article reports: “Ford’s Joe Bakaj told Detroit News that the time is coming when most Ford vehicles will come with either a diesel or an EcoBoost engine, the latter of which relies on turbocharging, direct injection, and other innovations to wring mileage from every drop of gas.” Volkswagen said essentially the same thing, claiming that within three or four years, every vehicle in VW’s lineup will be either a turbo or a diesel. Turbos and diesels have obvious advantages for automakers racing to meet the increasingly strict federal regulations around fuel efficiency. Turbochargers, for example, both increase fuel efficiency and make vehicles lighter which means they don’t need as much fuel to move. As the article says: “That’s like a double-whammy of fuel economy.”
Automotive News: “Germans renew diesel push”
“For years, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen Group sang the praises of diesel in the United States as a lonely trio,” says an Automotive News article. And, unfortunately, they had little success changing U.S. laws to suit fuel efficient turbocharged diesels, which boost a vehicle’s fuel economy by about 30 percent. Now that other car companies are launching diesel vehicles, the trio hopes to find strong new allies in their push to make the U.S. more diesel-friendly. Anna Schneider, head of industry-government relations at Volkswagen Group of America, said in an interview that it’s not just the car-buying public but also the policymakers who need to understand turbo-diesels are “not just a German thing — it’s a global thing.”
Wall Street Journal: Mileage Boosters Give Second Wind to Car-Parts Makers
According to a Wall Street Journal article, “the pressure on big auto makers to squeeze more miles out of a gallon of gas is powering a surge in profit at U.S. auto-parts makers” including Honeywell. The article says turbochargers and other mileage-boosting hardware were “a hard sell in the U.S. up until the last decade because U.S. fuel economy targets were little changed, and auto makers focused on selling gas-guzzling trucks and sport-utility vehicles.” Now, auto makers are marketing fuel economy and fuel efficiency as a competitive advantage. The article quotes Honeywell’s vice president of the Americas, Steve McKinley, as saying his company is “looking for a lot of good people to hire this year, especially those who have experience with turbochargers.”
Diesel Models in U.S. Expected to Double for 2014
CNBC reports the number of diesel models on the U.S. market should double during the 2014 model-year. The article says the surge reflects the advent of new diesel technology – including new turbocharger technology — that “not only maintains an estimated 30 percent mileage advantage over gasoline engines, but also resolves traditional concerns such as noise, roughness and foul-smelling emissions.”