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Honeywell, VW Earn Innovation Partnership Award for Gas VNT Turbocharger

Volkswagen and Honeywell Transportation Systems were honored for the unique level of collaboration demonstrated in developing the Variable Nozzle Turbine (VNT) turbocharger for gasoline engines at the 23rd annual Premier Automotive Suppliers' Contribution to Excellence (PACE) awards.

The Innovation Partnership Award is presented in recognition of the special levels of collaboration between the automaker and its supplier that rise above everyday joint efforts to serve as best practices for the industry. The award showcases only those original equipment manufacturers whose collaborative efforts made both a strategic market entry and competitive timing difference to their supplier's process of commercializing their product innovation.

TS President and CEO Olivier Rabiller and Mahesh Kodumudi, Volkswagen Vice President of Purchasing, North America, accepted the award on stage together. During his acceptance speech, Kodumudi spoke of the great relationship between Honeywell and VW and the importance of suppliers in the OEM world.

Honeywell's gas VNT turbocharger features a variable geometry turbine stage rather than a typical wastegate valve. Leveraging nearly 30 years of experience with diesel VNT applications for passenger vehicles, TS engineers were able to solve an industry challenge of developing turbos that can withstanding the increased gasoline engine exhaust temperatures in a cost effective way. It represents a step-change innovation that provides auto makers with the capability to manufacture more fuel efficient and lower emissions gas-powered vehicles without sacrificing performance.


The 23rd annual Premier Automotive Suppliers' Contribution to Excellence (PACE) awards are sponsored by the EY Global Automotive Center, the Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA) and Automotive News. The competition is open to suppliers who contribute products, processes, materials or services directly to the manufacture of cars or trucks. Innovations are evaluated by an independent panel of judges in the context of planning, novelty, market impact and competitive posture, based on comprehensive written applications and site visits.