Honeywell Turbo Technologies Wins 2012 Automotive News Pace Award For Fuel-Efficient Technology
update on 2012-06-25
Shanghai, China: Honeywell Turbo Technologies, a developer of automotive turbochargers, received the 2012 Automotive News Pace Award for its High Temperature, Ball Bearing (HTBB) VNT Turbo.
As the launch customer for this technology, Daimler worked closely with Honeywell to apply the HTBB Turbo after deciding in 2006 to re-engineer its 3.0L V6 diesel engine to meet future emissions standards in the US and Europe. Debuting on the Mercedes-Benz E350 and R350 models, the new engine improved power and torque by 18 percent and 22 percent, respectively, while fuel economy improved by up to 21 percent with the HTBB technology from the previous engine. The engine/turbo was subsequently introduced in its S-Class sedan and will eventually roll out across its full product line.
“We are honoured to be recognised for our continued excellence in innovation with this prestigious award,” said Alex Ismail, president and CEO of Honeywell Transportation Systems. “Turbocharging continues to be the leading technology of choice for automakers developing environmentally-friendly vehicles by downsizing engines and still meeting consumers’ needs and preferences. Typically, a turbocharged engine can improve fuel economy from 20 percent to 40 percent in gasoline and diesel engines respectively from the larger naturally-aspirated engines they replace,” he added.
Turbocharging penetration continues to grow rapidly around the world. As the global automotive industry is expected to grow 20 percent from 2012 to 2016, global turbo penetration is expected to grow from 30 percent to 36 percent by 2016, driving volume by more than 50 percent. In the US, this reflects growth from about 10 percent penetration today to roughly 25 percent by 2016.
This HTBB turbocharger combines two passenger-car firsts: a high-temperature variable geometry turbo and a state-of-the-art ball bearing system. The ball bearing technology makes engine start spontaneous irrespective of weather conditions or geographical location, improves vehicle acceleration for passing maneuvers and reduces fuel consumption by up to two percent in the relevant emission cycles.