September 9, 2008
Eaton Supercharger Gives Added Boost to 2009 Volkswagen Golf
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. … Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation today announced that its fifth generation supercharger will once again be used to power the award-winning 1.4-liter TSI direct-injection engine available in the new 2009 Volkswagen Golf.
Eaton partnered with Volkswagen to develop the “twincharger” system that has twice been named as Best Engine of the Year at the annual Engine Expo. The system combines a half-size Eaton fifth generation, three lobe Roots-type positive supercharger and a single-stage turbocharger to deliver the power of a larger engine with the efficiency and emissions of a much smaller engine. The system boosts the four-cylinder engine’s output to 160 horsepower (118 kW) and 177 lb-feet of torque at an impressive fuel consumption average of 39.2 mpg.
“The supercharger and turbocharger system has proven, once again, to be an outstanding technology to increase vehicle power and improve fuel economy – an attribute VW Golf drivers have come to appreciate,” said Joao Faria, president of Eaton’s Powertrain and Specialty Controls Business.
The VW Golf will launch in Europe in October and in the United States in the fall of 2009. For the European launch, the new Golf offers a choice of four direct-injection gasoline engines, one is equipped with the “twincharger” system.
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With sales of $1.6 billion in 2007 and 11,000 employees around the world, Eaton’s Automotive Group supplies the automotive industry with critical components that reduce emissions and fuel consumption, and improve vehicle stability and performance. Principal products include engine valves and valve train components, transmission and engine controls, superchargers, locking and limited slip differentials, cylinder heads and fluid conveyance components.
Eaton Corporation is a diversified industrial manufacturer with 2007 sales of $13.0 billion. Eaton is a global leader in electrical systems and components for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; hydraulics, fuel and pneumatic systems for commercial and military aircraft; 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 79,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit www.eaton.com.