In its annual survey released at the Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA), Honeywell sees the evolving needs of auto makers driving not only turbo adoption globally to 47 percent by 2020, but an increasing appetite for turbo technology innovations that enhance a vehicle’s overall powertrain system, reduce complexity and are tailored to local market needs.
According to the survey, auto makers are focused on boosting engine technology, more than simply downsizing engines, to optimize vehicle performance and fuel economy as global regulations continue to drive more fuel efficiency.
“The Golden Age of Turbo is gathering momentum globally as the industry numbers indicate,” said Terrence Hahn, Honeywell Transportation Systems President and CEO. “But there is a clear demand for more sophisticated turbo technology that covers the entire powertrain performance envelope. Auto makers are turning to suppliers like Honeywell to meet the unique needs of fuel-efficient 3-cylinder engines, increase power from 4-cylinder engines with advanced aerodynamics, and soon deliver electric boosting and energy recovery systems for advanced hybrid powertrains.”
Key findings in the survey include:
- Adoption of turbocharged 3-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines is emerging as a huge growth trend globally for fuel efficient entry-level and mid-range vehicles.
- Globally, 4-cylinder engines will continue to represent 75 percent of the turbocharged light vehicle industry in 2020.
- Multi-stage boosting for diesel engines is another key innovation to help auto makers achieve greater engine performance, without breaching fuel economy regulations.
- Globally, diesel engines will retain an important share of light vehicle sales at nearly 20 percent, due to their lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
- Penetration of hybrid powertrains, including ‘plug-ins’, will be up 4 points to 7 percent of the global light vehicle market.