Global carmakers are racing to deliver the smallest, most fuel-efficient engines ever – and all that without any power compromise – even across the high-capacity driven United States.
That means they’re turning their backs on the traditional V6 engine in favor of lightweight, turbocharged four-cylinder engines that deliver the same power or more. The segment was, during the 1990s, a small part of the auto market even in Europe, where small-displacement engines have been the norm for years. They were usually used in European and American high performance sports models – but today they account for around 21 percent of the vehicles reaching US customers. Many industry observers and executives forecast the turbocharged engines will have the same popularity in Europe and the United States by 2025 – meaning around 70 percent of all sold vehicles have turbo on board. “We’re in the golden age of turbos,” comments Nitin Kulkarni, Honeywell Transportation Systems vice president of North America, Japan and Korea. “We are a no-compromise solution because we can be literally applied to all kinds of vehicle sizes, fuels and engine strategies.”
Honeywell is one of the global leaders when it comes to turbocharging systems, having relations with virtually every major car and truck maker on the planet – with around 100 turbocharger technologies delivered on an annual basis. The downsize current and turbo evolution is being mostly promoted by the toughening regulations for fuel economy and emissions, with turbochargers delivering the necessary savings while keeping the same power level, in a more compact engine system.