Turbochargers boost performance, sales

It used to be that selling turbocharged cars required gaudy, obnoxious graphics and a sporty application. Today, though, cars with force-induced engines are virtually selling themselves, and now account for over one out of every five new vehicles sold, a new report from The Detroit News claims. And as we've already said, that percentage is likely to grow.

"We're in the golden age of turbos," said Nitin Kulkarni, a vice president at Honeywell Transportation Systems, one of the world's biggest producers of turbos. "We are a no-compromise solution because we can be literally applied to all kinds of vehicle sizes, fuels and engine strategies."

IHS Automotive claims that turbocharged cars could account for 38 percent of vehicles sold in the US by 2021, a figure that's being driven by the rush to meet Uncle Sam's 54.5-mile-per-gallon CAFE requirement by the middle of the next decade.

"At the end of the day, it's ultimately regulations that the manufacturers are trying to meet," IHS' Jeff Jowett told The News.

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