Earlier this month, SAIC-GM-Wuling Automobile Co., Ltd. (SGMW), the largest domestic Chinese automaker, upgraded two of its family vehicle models with a 1.5L engine turbocharged by Honeywell. The two cars, Baojun 560 (SUV) and Baojun 730 (MPV), are SGMW’s first ever turbocharged models.
This new engine can quickly and easily surpass the maximum torque of the 1.8-liter naturally-aspirated engine it replaces at relatively low engine speeds, while achieving 230 Nm of peak torque rivaling the performance of a typical 2.4-liter naturally aspirated engine. The impressive performance of the smaller engine has the additional benefit of an average fuel consumption of only 6.9 liters per 100 kilometers, helping to save up to 20 percent in fuel compared to a naturally-aspirated engine with the same power rating.
According to a 2016 Honeywell’s survey of more than 6,000 drivers in China, today’s Chinese consumers not only crave better fuel efficiency, but also more size, driving pleasure and space in their vehicle. Already respective segment sales leaders in China during the first half of 2016, the upgraded Baojun 560 and 730 now give Chinese consumers better choices in terms of improved fuel economy, performance and drivability in an affordable family-sized vehicle.
As one of China’s most popular car brands, SGMW is the first Chinese car manufacturer to sell more than two million vehicles a year and has been China’s top-selling car manufacturer for nine consecutive years with more than 15 million drivers. By upgrading its family vehicles with turbo technology, SGMW receives an added boost from Honeywell’s strong aerospace heritage and more than 60 years as an industry leader working with nearly every global automaker.
In line with both demand from Chinese passengers and government initiatives to meet reduced emissions targets, China is expected to experience continued turbo growth into the foreseeable future. According to the Honeywell Global Turbo Forecast, turbo penetration in China will jump from 28 percent in 2015 to 47 percent in 2020.
SGMW is a joint venture between General Motors, SAIC Motor Corp and Guangxi Automobile.