Honeywell Expects US Turbo Market Growth
Honeywell expects to see a significant increase in demand for turbocharged
vehicles in the U.S. as a result of the new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation
(DOT) standards announced recently. The Federal rules will effectively increase the average fuel economy of new cars and trucks
to 35.5 mpg by 2016. As a result, Honeywell expects the number of new, turbocharged cars sold in the U.S. to grow from five
percent today to as much as 25% in the next five years.
"Turbocharging will be among the winning technologies
over the next few years and we expect to see widespread adoption sooner rather than later here in the U.S.," said Alex
Ismail, President and CEO of Honeywell Transportation Systems. "Turbos represent an effective, reliable and affordable
path to increased fuel efficiency and we look forward to continuing to partner with global automakers on future platforms
to help meet these new standards."
In the new regulations announced yesterday, the EPA and the DOT specifically
referenced that turbocharging will "play an important role in achieving the fuel economy improvements" necessary
to meet the 2016 standards. Turbochargers enable auto manufacturers to reduce the size of an engine by 25-30%, improving fuel
efficiency and reducing harmful emissions without compromising performance.
Honeywell will be launching 15 new
turbocharger technologies and boosting over 100 new engine platforms in 2010 for automakers across the globe, including diesel
and gasoline passenger cars, on-highway trucks and off-highway vehicles. Honeywell is already working with leading automakers
to provide more efficient turbocharged engines in the U.S. including the launch of Ford's first EcoBoost vehicle last
year and GM's upcoming launch of its Chevrolet Cruze.
Source: Honeywell Turbo Technologies