For a time in the mid to late 1980s following the second mid-East oil shock, turbochargers were all the rage. Carmakers were dealing with trying to meet the first round of CAFE requirements and new emissions standards. That meant downsized engines and turbos helped them recover some lost power. Unfortunately in those days engine management systems were extremely primitive and carburetors were still delivering fuel on most engines. Eventually, they switched to fuel injection and electronics got more sophisticated allowing cars to meet the standards while making ever more power. Cheap gas meant there was no pressing need to improve efficiency.

Things are different now. With CO2 limits pending in Europe and increased fuel economy standards on their way in the U.S., turbocharged direct injection engines running on either gasoline or diesel are increasingly popular. One of the biggest beneficiaries of that popularity is Honeywell and their Garrett turbocharger division. Twenty-eight of the new vehicles that got European and world launches in Geneva this week were equipped with honeywell turbos. They ranged from BMW X6 to the Ford Kuga to the Volvo XC60. The full list is after the jump.



Press Release:

Honeywell Turbocharges 28 of the New Vehicles Launched at the Geneva Motor Show

Honeywell technology redefines performance, fuel efficiency and emissions reduction standards

GENEVA, March 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Honeywell (NYSE:HON) announced that its turbocharging technologies are featured on 28 of the vehicles being launched at the 78th International Motor Show of Geneva. All together these launches represent a total of 40 new applications ranging from 1.1 to 4.4 liter engines, reflecting the global trend towards turbocharging as a key enabling technology in delivering both performance and fuel efficiency.

In Geneva, Honeywell's new advanced gasoline turbocharger technology is featured on the BMW X6 xDrive50i, the first twin-turbocharged 8-cylinder gasoline engine in the world with two turbochargers (located in the middle of the 'V,') delivering 300kW (407 hp) and one of the most efficient engines in its category.

On the diesel side, Honeywell turbocharging technology is helping Audi to deliver an impressive 240 hp on the new A4 from a 3.0 liter engine while emitting only 188g/km of CO2. At the same time, Honeywell technology is enabling Kia to achieve an exceptional CO2 emissions level of 104g/km on the Kia Eco Cee'd with a 1.6 liter diesel engine while maintaining impressive driveability.

Most new diesel vehicles incorporate Honeywell's third generation VNT(TM) turbocharging technology, which has already set high standards in power, torque, fuel efficiency and emissions control and is coupled with advanced actuation systems. This new technology is now making its debut in the small engine displacement range (1.6 liter and below).

"Honeywell is uniquely positioned to support its customers in this tremendous growth opportunity because of its strong expertise in turbocharging and its impressive track record of innovations," says Alex Ismail, President Passenger Vehicles at Honeywell Turbo Technologies, "This success is the result of Honeywell's ability to support customers in every corner of the world in order to maintain their competitive advantage."

Honeywell's introduction of diesel VNT(TM) turbochargers was a key industry breakthrough of the 1990s, making it easier for car manufacturers to fully deploy the torque and fuel economy advantages of direct injection diesel engines. In 2004, Honeywell launched its third generation VNT(TM) that delivers 30% more boost at just 90% of back pressure. Honeywell also pioneered dual-stage turbocharging by introducing the technology for Caterpillar ACERT engines. In 2006, Honeywell introduced the world's first parallel sequential dual-stage turbo system for diesel applications on several vehicles. In addition, over the next twelve months, Honeywell's groundbreaking gasoline product range will be featured in numerous OEM passenger car launches.

Full list of Honeywell turbocharged vehicles launching at the Geneva Motor Show are:

-- Audi A4 Avant -- 3.0D
-- BMW X6 -- 4.4 V8 Gas
-- Chrysler Grand Voyager -- 2.8D
-- Jeep Cherokee -- 2.8D
-- Citroen C5 Break/Berline -- 1.6D, 2.0D & 2.2D
-- Citroen Berlingo -- 1.6D
-- Citroen C4 Picasso Lounge -- 1.6D & 2.0D
-- Ford Kuga -- 2.0D
-- Ford Focus Cabrio -- 1.6D,1.8D & 2.0D
-- Ford New Ford Focus -- 1.6D, 1.8D & 2.0D
-- Ford Focus Econetic -- 1.6D, 1.8D & 2.0D
-- Honda Accord -- 2.2D
-- Hyundai i10 -- 1.1D
-- Hyundai Sonata -- 2.0D
-- Kia Eco Cee'd -- 1.6D
-- Lancia Delta Platino -- 1.6D, 1.9D & 2.0D
-- Mercedes-Benz CLC 220 CDI -- 2.2D
-- Mercedes-Benz C 320 CDI 4MATIC -- 3.0D
-- Opel Astra Twin top linea rosso -- 1.9D
-- Peugeot Partner -- 1.6D
-- Peugeot 308 SW -- 1.6D & 2.0D
-- Renault Laguna GT -- 2.0D
-- Renault Koleos -- 2.0D
-- Skoda Superb -- 1.9D
-- Suzuki Grand Vitara -- 1.9D
-- VW Golf Variant 4-motion -- 1.9D
-- Volvo XC60 -- 2.4D
-- Volvo C30 Efficiency -- 2.0D

Honeywell Turbo Technologies is recognized around the world as one of the leading manufacturers of engine boosting systems for passenger cars and commercial vehicles, and has forged global partnerships with automotive manufacturers. Honeywell turbochargers offer the very latest in boosting technologies to improve vehicle performance and driveability while increasing fuel efficiency and reducing emissions.

Honeywell International is a $36 billion 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 additional information, please visit http://www.honeywell.com/.

[Source: Honeywell]

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