Honeywell Transportation Systems, a business unit of Honeywell Aerospace, has been responsible for numerous industry firsts – from Variable Nozzle Turbine technology to TwoStage Parallel system, from REA to ball bearing. The track record of innovations pioneered by Honeywell and the original Garrett® family of products spans six decades. Here are just a few of the turbo technology highlights.
1955: The Caterpillar D9 crawler tractor, fitted with Garrett® T15, becomes the first American production
turbocharged diesel vehicle.
1962: Oldsmobile Jetfire Turbo Rocket, fitted with Garrett T05 with integrated wastegate turbo, is the first
turbocharged production passenger car.
1967: Deere farm tractors select Garrett T04 turbochargers – the entire tractor industry soon follows suit.
1968: Bobby Unser is the first winner of the Indianapolis 500 in a turbocharged car – the Garrett TE06 boosted
the 2.75L Offenhauser.
1977: Renault ushers in the turbo era of Formula One, being the first to race a turbocharged 1.5L engine boosted
by Garrett turbo.
1978: The Daimler Benz Mercedes 300 Turbo Diesel launched with the Garrett T03 wastegate turbo.
1978: Buick begins production of world’s first V6 turbocharged car, boosted by Garrett T03 wastegate turbo.
1982: Rolls Royce launches the first Bentley Mulsanne Turbo – a 6.75L gasoline engine using a single Garrett
T04B turbocharger together with a Normalair-Garrett separate wastegate.
1988: Nissan Motors introduces the Garrett ball bearing T2 on its gasoline engine for its Silvia model.
1989: Nissan Diesel adopts Garrett TD4501 turbo as the world’s first VNT volume production turbo on its 12.6L for
1990: The intercooled Chrysler Dodge Daytona Shelby Turbo-Z is the first car to utilize Garrett VNT turbocharger
with electronic boost control.
1991: Fiat puts a VNT™ turbo in the Croma, matching it to a 1.9L direct injection diesel engine.
1995: The VNT™ Multivane is developed for the Volkswagen-Audi 1.9L direct injection diesel engine. This engine
configuration revolutionizes the TDI reputation.
1997: The first Garrett ball bearing turbo for commercial diesel vehicles makes its debut on Nissan Diesel
1998: VW Golf and Audi A4 are the launch cars for the second generation VNT™ technology.
1999: BMW incorporates Honeywell Rotary Electric Actuator (REA) technology in its diesel turbo V8 engine for
the 7 series.
2000: Double Axle VNT or VNT DutyDrive turbos are introduced on the DDC series 50 bus engines.
2000: Smart introduces diesel and gasoline turbo engines from 0.6L. The Garrett GT12 micro turbo with patented
integral bearing design is featured on the gasoline engine.
2002: International adopts Garrett GT37 AVNT for Ford Power Stroke engines for F250 and F350.
2004: The BMW Series 1 is unveiled with the third generation VNT™ technology.
2006: Honeywell unveils world first TwoStage Parallel. The two-stage turbo system makes its debut on the 4-cylinder
engines of PSA group’s Peugeot 407 and 607, and the Citroen C5 and C6.
2007: Honeywell turbocharges Mercedes E320 Bluetech, a clean diesel engine for US market.
2008: Honeywell boosts Ford Motor Company’s innovative EcoBoost engine on the Lincoln MKS – proving the
viability of engine downsizing through turbocharging and heralding a new turbo era in the US.
2008: Honeywell powers the BMW X-6 ActiveHybrid, the world’s first turbo gasoline-electric hybrid.
2009: Honeywell TwoStage Parallel turbo system boosts one of the most talked-about cars of the year – the
for Jaguar XF, delivering exceptional performance with impressive fuel efficiency.
2010: Honeywell boosts the world’s most fuel efficient five-seater passenger car – the VW Polo BlueMotion
1.2L diesel, delivering an industry-leading 87g/km CO2 rating.
2010: Honeywell launches its innovative VNT DualBoost turbo with ball bearing on Ford F250/350 diesel trucks.
2010: Honeywell extends the reach of its ball bearing technologies from racing and heavy-duty commercial vehicles
to premium cars, light-duty diesel trucks, and medium-duty commercial vehicles.
2010: Honeywell equips the smallest turbo diesel 2-cylinder engine in a key application in India.
2010: Honeywell gasoline turbo becomes the first to boost Fiat MultiAir 1.4L engine.
2010: Honeywell boosts the 2011 Chevy Cruze, which delivers a class-leading 42 mpg highway rating.
2011: Honeywell introduces the smallest available VNT turbo in Peugeot 308’s new ultra-low emissions micro-hybrid
2011: Honeywell launches the world’s first ball bearing turbo designed for the premium diesel segment on Daimler’s
new 3.0L V6 engine.
2011: The 2011 Range Rover TDV8 incorporates the world’s first application of Honeywell’s TwoStage Parallel
Sequential system on a V8 diesel engine.
2011: John Deere Power Systems introduces its 9L off-highway engines with the second generation VNT DutyDrive
turbo that is – for the first time – paired with electro-hydraulic actuation as part of a TwoStage system.
2012: Honeywell introduces gasoline DualBoost, an industry-first turbo technology that employs an axial turbine more
commonly found in aerospace applications, and couples it with a dual-sided compressor first introduced in diesel
applications by Honeywell.
2013: Honeywell launched GTD, the latest VNT™ generation, on a large number of EU6 applications globally,
covering the full spectrum of engine displacements in Passenger Cars – from GTD10 for 50kW to GTD22
for 200+kW engines.