Date: June 04, 2007
Eaton Helps VW Win “Best Engine Award” For Second Consecutive Year
SOUTHFIELD, Mich.… Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation joined with Volkswagen to develop the combination supercharger and turbocharger system on the unique 1.4-liter TSI direct-injection gasoline engine. This engine recently was named the “Best Engine of the Year” for the second consecutive year at the annual Engine Expo in Stuttgart, Germany.
With the Eaton system, the TSI engines deliver the power of a larger engine with the efficiency and emissions of a much smaller engine. The result: greater fuel economy and performance at substantially reduced costs.
Named the “Twincharger” by Volkswagen, the system combines an Eaton Roots-style supercharger and a single-stage turbocharger to boost the compact four-cylinder engine’s output to 168 horsepower with an average fuel economy of 39 miles per gallon (m.p.g.). The 1.4-liter TSI engine is available on the Volkswagen Golf GTTM in Europe with a new model expected to launch later this year.
“Winning this award for the second year is further confirmation of the technology and the addition of a new model that utilizes the engine shows a great connection with the European consumer,” said Jeffrey Romig, vice president and general manager, Eaton Air Induction and Cylinder Head Systems. “Eaton Superchargers have always been known for their performance in larger displacement engines and now with our latest technology, supercharging is gaining momentum as a leading solution for improved fuel economy and performance in engine downsizing applications."
Engine Technology International magazine organizes the International Engine of the Year Award to highlight under-hood engineering excellence. They engage 62 renowned journalists from 30 countries in the evaluation of the engines for fuel economy, smoothness, performance, noise and drivability.
The 1.4-liter TSI finished more than 200 points ahead of the second-place winner in the 1.0- to 1.4-liter engine category. The engine was also recently named by Automotive News as one of the top “100 Cool Things” to come out of the automotive industry recently.
Eaton Corporation is a diversified industrial manufacturer with 2006 sales of $12.4 billion. Eaton is a global leader in electrical systems and components for power quality, distribution and control; fluid power systems and services for industrial, mobile and aircraft equipment; intelligent truck drivetrain systems for safety and fuel economy; and automotive engine air management systems, powertrain solutions and specialty controls for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has 61,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 125 countries. For more information, visit www.eaton.com.
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