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Ushering in the New Turbo Era

The rapid global growth trajectory of turbocharging is being driven by the technology’s ability to help auto manufacturers meet more stringent fuel efficiency and emissions standards with no compromise on performance and driveability. 

By 2016, it is estimated that global turbo penetration will increase from 30 percent in 2012 to 36 percent, with North America, China and India contributing to most of the volume growth. 

While turbo adoption is a common theme for the global auto industry, powertrain trends do vary from region to region. Europe will continue on its strong turbodiesel pathway, augmented by growing adoption of gasoline turbocharging, while North America will continue its love affair with gasoline-powered passenger cars…boosted by turbo systems that combine great driveability with fuel efficiency and performance. In China, consumer enthusiasm for advanced technologies is reflected through growing demand for turbocharged engines, and India is following the European path, with dieselisation expected to reach 50 percent over the next five years.

Light Vehicle Trends
Incoming fuel economy regulations mean that turbocharging will become even more important as an enabling technology, with adoption rates set to reach almost 80 percent in the whole of Europe by 2016. In North America, strong consumer acceptance will lead to increased turbo penetration, translating into annual average growth of 17 percent from 2012 to 2016. A case in point is the Honeywell-boosted top-selling Chevy Cruze Eco, which claims 42 MPG and represents close to 75 percent of all Chevy Cruze sales. China too will experience a sharp turbo uptake, from today’s 12 percent penetration rate to over 20 percent in 5 years. 

Commercial Vehicles
Demand for turbocharging on and off-highway is driven by increasingly challenging emission standards I terms of tailpipe emissions such as NOx and Particulate Matters. For on-highway – with its near 100 percent turbo penetration – the demand is for more sophisticated turbo technologies such as VNT, ball bearing, and TwoStage solutions. In off-highway sectors, where only about 50 percent of the equipment is turbocharged, tougher emissions standards will push turbo penetration in the next five years globally. 

Honeywell offers technologies that cover the widest engine range for commercial vehicles – from VNT DutyDrive for medium-duty trucks to TwoStage Serial systems for heavy-duty trucks to high-efficiency large-size turbos for off-highway applications, across all the key OEMs such as Hino, MAN or Caterpillar. 

Boosting a Low Carbon Future
Whether it is diesel, gasoline, compressed natural gas (CNG) or hybrid, turbos is a proven technology that helps drive toward a cleaner future.

When comparing the emissions and energy consumption of different vehicle technologies, it is important to assess them throughout their entire life cycle. One needs to consider not only the energy consumed by the vehicle, but also the energy used upstream to make such energy available to the vehicle, or the “well-to wheel” analysis. In the case of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids, efficiency and emissions of power generation and power distribution must be considered. With this methodology, high efficiency gasoline and diesel engines and electric vehicles (EVs) perform comparably with regard to energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. 

There is growing consensus that the quickest and most cost-effective way to achieve energy usage goals is through faster adoption of fuel efficient downsized gasoline and diesel engines, and consumers are showing an overwhelming preference for such internal combustion engines in the market place.

The Honeywell Edge
Honeywell’s rich technology portfolio covers engine sizes that range from micro engine below 1L to commercial vehicle engines in excess of 100L, covering different powertrains such as diesel, gasoline, hybrid and CNG. In passenger vehicles, Honeywell is a pioneer in VNT technology, which continues to play a key role along side of TwoStage solutions (Parallel and Serial), modern gasoline wastage turbos, ball bearing and new breakthrough like gasoline DualBoost. In Commercial Vehicles, Honeywell covers the widest engine range in the industry with technologies such as s VNT DutyDrive, TwoStage Serial and proven wastegate/free floating turbos for large engines.

At Honeywell, our extensive R&D and manufacturing footprint means we are ideally placed to help OEMs optimize the benefits of turbo technologies in every vehicle segment, every engine size, and in every corner of the world.

Our aerospace heritage and history of innovation positions us strongly in the development of new aerodynamics, bearing systems, actuation technologies and high temperature materials. All these advantages, together with our regional sourcing and supply chain capabilities, make Honeywell truly a global turbo partner for the automotive industry. 

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