Turbos Enable Engine Downsizing
TORRANCE, CA, January 18, 2010 – Honeywell (NYSE: HON) technology is the boost behind a fast emerging passenger car segment in the US, as OEMs turn to turbo systems to transform performance in vehicles with smaller displacement engines.
Honeywell is taking the lead in turbo technologies designed specifically for small gasoline engines (1.4L) destined for the US, with the breakthrough launch of GM’s Chevy Cruze announced at the Detroit Motor Show – foreshadowing the emergence of a new and rapidly-growing sector expected to reach up to 4-6 percent penetration in all US light vehicle sales by 2014.
The GM 1.4L engine is equipped with Honeywell’s latest gasoline turbocharger technology which incorporates new advances in bearing technology and aerodynamics specifically suited for small gasoline engines.
“Thanks to turbo’s unique ability to increase the performance output of smaller displacement engines, a downsizing revolution is underway in the US and around the rest of the world”, says Alex Ismail, President and CEO of Honeywell Transportation Systems. “Honeywell is excited to be leading the way in this sector. Over the next 10 years, this mega trend will see average engine displacement in the US reduce from 3.6L to 2.9L moving from V8 and V6 blocks to 4 cylinders – a major reflection of this trend being high volume growth in smaller, 4-cylinder turbocharged passenger cars of around 1.4L.”
Turbo uptake is strongly linked in the US to CAFE standards that require fuel economy improvements of around 40 percent in light vehicles by 2016. Overall, turbo penetration is expected to reach 25 percent by the year 2014 up from 5 percent in 2009, driven mostly by the growth in gasoline engine boosting,
Honeywell Turbo Technologies is the leading automotive turbocharger developer in the world, and is a business unit of Honeywell Transportation Systems, which also consists of Consumer Products Group and Friction Materials. As a leading automotive supplier, Honeywell Transportation Systems enhances vehicle performance, efficiency and appearance through state-of-the-art technologies, world-class brands, and global solutions tailored for its automotive customers around the world.
Honeywell International (www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; and specialty materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell’s shares are traded on the New York, London, and Chicago Stock Exchanges. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit www.honeywellnow.com.
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