Turbocharging Volkswagen's Fuel Economy

Accolades for a new “game changer” that helps reduce CO2 emissions

An award-winning new technology is coming soon to select Audi and Volkswagen models.

Honeywell recently received a 2017 Automotive News Premier Automotive Suppliers' Contribution to Excellence (PACE) “Innovation Partnership Award” with VW for the unique level of collaboration demonstrated in developing Honeywell’s Variable Nozzle Turbine (VNT) turbocharger for gasoline engines that helps VW achieve best-in-class fuel economy in a cost-effective manner suited for high-volume production vehicles.

In recognition of the joint efforts to serve the best practices for the industry between the automaker and its supplier, 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.

Honeywell Transportation Systems developed its latest VNT turbocharger for the Volkswagen Group’s 1.5L gasoline engine to be used in various VW and Audi models. In its most recent benchmarking study, industry analyst FEV Group GmbH determined that the carbon dioxide emissions (108g/km) for a 1,250 kg vehicle with Honeywell’s technology represents best-in-class performance for the industry in 2017. 



Honeywell’s Gasoline VNT turbocharger features a variable geometry turbine stage rather than a typical wastegate valve. This technology increases the turbo’s ability to satisfy the needs of a Miller-cycle engine across a broader operating range.

The 23rd annual PACE awards were 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. 

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