SOUTHFIELD, Mich. … Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation today announced its fifth generation supercharger technology, coupled with a turbocharger, helped Volkswagen’s 1.4L TSI Twincharger four-cylinder engine win the International Engine of the Year Award for the second consecutive year. Sponsored by UKIP Media and Events Ltd., the award is given to the automaker whose engine is judged to provide the best fuel economy, noise reduction, smoothness, performance and drivability.
Entries were judged by a panel of 72 journalists from 35 countries globally. Engines are required to be fitted in 2010/2011 vehicles sold in multiple countries. In addition to winning top honors, Eaton supplies components on six of the 10 international engines honored, including:
- Intake valves on the BMW 1.6L Turbo Diesel, 2.0L Twin Turbo Diesel and 4.0L V8 engines
- Exhaust valves on the BMW 3.0L Twin Turbo inline 6 cylinder engine and Fiat 1.4L Multi-Air Turbo engine
“We’re pleased that a panel of international auto experts has recognized our customers for the performance and efficiency of these engines,” said Darryl Niven, general manager, Eaton Supercharger Division. “The winning Volkswagen engine that utilizes our supercharger technology proves once again that it is possible to replace larger engines with smaller, more efficient engines that improve fuel economy and reduce emissions without sacrificing power and performance.”
The Volkswagen Twincharger combines a small Eaton supercharger with a single-stage turbocharger to boost horsepower and torque, while improving fuel efficiency to 45.5 miles per gallon. Its quick response eliminates the lag of many competing systems. The engine, used in the automaker’s Golf, Jetta, Scirocco, Touran, Tiguan and Seat Ibiza Cupra, has won several international engine award competitions since it first appeared in 2006 production vehicles.
Eaton is the worldwide leader in supercharger solutions for small displacement engines for customers in markets around the world. Eaton supercharger technology has been selected by numerous premium global automakers and can be found on these vehicles: Audi A6, S4 and S5, Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, Cadillac CTS-V, Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid, Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid SUV, Jaguar XKR, XFR, XJR and Range Rover Sport and a version of the fourth-generation Nissan Micra.
For more information about Eaton’s leading supercharger technology, visit http://www.eaton.com/Superchargers. For more information on Volkswagen’s pioneering Twincharger engine, visit http://www.volkswagen.com.
Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with 2009 sales of $11.9 billion. Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical components and systems for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulics and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has approximately 70,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit www.eaton.com.
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Erin Millerschin, (248) 276-1970