Clean Diesel Cars among Finalists for “Green Car of the Year®” Award
Green Car Journal has just announced its five finalists for the magazine’s high-profile 2015 Green Car of the Year® program, and among them are two clean diesel cars – the Audi A3 2.0L TDI and VW Golf 2.0L TDI. The other three finalists are BMW i3, Chevrolet Impala Bi-Fuel and Honda Fit. The Green Car of the Year Award is widely recognized as the auto industry’s most important environment accolade. According to Diesel Technology Forum, since the “Green Car of the Year®”award was created 10 years ago, clean diesels have had 10 finalists and two winners, with the Volkswagen Jetta TDI clean diesel winning in 2009 and the Audi A3 TDI clean diesel winning in 2010. The winner of the 2015 “Green Car of the Year®” award will be announced November 20th at the LA Auto Show. You can read the press release here.
Auto Blog: “Electric turbos promise big performance and efficiency gains in the near future.”
According to Auto Blog, Audi recently showcased electric turbo-equipped RS5 and A6 prototypes at an event, where Volkswagen Group technical head Ulrich Hackenberg told Autocar magazine that Audi will release an SQ7 equipped with electric turbocharger technology in 2016. Steve McKinley, Honeywell Technology’s vice president of engineering in North America, was quoted as saying that “we’ve been in pre-development for more than ten years, and it was a matter of waiting for that electric infrastructure to develop on the vehicles.” McKinley also predicted at least five years out before we see very mainstream adoption of electric turbo.
Edmunds: More Carmakers Are Using Turbochargers to Deliver Better MPG
Edmunds, a leading US online auto website, is touting the benefits of turbocharging, especially for compact sedans, in an article titled “Turbocharger Technology Gives New Cars More MPG.” The article quoted Michael Stoller, Communications Director at Honeywell Transportation Systems as saying that “Today, about 17 percent of all new commercial and passenger vehicles being sold in North America are turbocharged, and the number is expected to increase to 31 percent of total sales by 2018.”
Honeywell Supplies Turbo to 2015 Ford Mustang
The Automotive News published the list of suppliers to the 2015 Ford Mustang, and Honeywell is listed as the supplier of the 2.3L gasoline turbocharger for the new model.
Integrating Turbo Manufacturing with Aftermarket Service
As turbochargers appear in more vehicle applications in an age of engine downsizing, the growth trend has implications for turbo aftermarket, a topic addressed by Bob Chabot in his article for Motor Magazine. According to Steve McKinley, vice president of Engineering for Americas at Honeywell Turbo Technologies, who was interviewed for the article, “consumers, shops and technicians can reasonably expect turbochargers to be just another easy, rather than complicated, component to diagnose and service. When installed, turbos should be worry-free when properly maintained, so that they require fewer repairs and a much narrower range of service by technicians in typical service scenarios. It’s our job to facilitate this.”
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.