BorgWarner Expands UK Turbochargers Production to Supply JLR image

U.S. supplier BorgWarner announced it will build a new engineering center in the UK to supply turbocharging systems to Jaguar land Rover.

The turbocharging systems will be used by JLR’s family of four-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines, which are to hit the market in 2015. The new engineering center will be built in Bradford, West Yorkshire, UK, with a grant offered by the UK government’s Regional Growth Fund, aimed at encouraging investment in the UK private sector.

As BorgWarner is among the largest suppliers of turbocharging technology, many automakers, including Hyundai and Ford, purchased its turbochargers to be able to meet the tough US standards for fuel mileage and boost fuel economy.

JLR announced that its sales were up 12% last month and retail sales made the month the best April ever. The company said that sales increased in each of its major markets with Asia Pacific up 37%, China up 10%, the UK up 32%, Europe up 2%, North America up 6% and the other overseas markets increased 11%.

“Sales of the Jaguar XF remain buoyant across many of our key markets and we are seeing the positive impact of the all new Range Rover, with approaching 15,000 cars sold in the first four months of this year,” said Phil Popham, director of group sales operations at JLR.

Source: Automotive News Europe