Systems is providing its variable-geometry, diesel turbocharger technology to
Volkswagen for its new 1.5L TDI diesel engine designed and developed in India.
Volkswagen selected Honeywell
for its 20 years of experience developing its variable nozzle technology (VNT)
benefitting diesel engines with improved responsiveness, performance and fuel
economy. Honeywell’s global technology platform and its established design,
application, engineering and manufacturing operations in India enabled
collaboration between personnel in Europe and India. The result was a turbo
application benefitting the new 1.5L TDI diesel engine from Volkswagen on the
VW Polo, the VW Vento, and the Skoda Rapid, said a press release from the
“With Honeywell, we have a
trusted partner for high performance and extremely reliable turbochargers for
our 1.5L TDI diesel engines. Additionally, Honeywell has helped us increase our
local content with this high-value part for our engine and have contributed to
our long-term localization strategy in India,” said Hans-Georg Festing,
Executive Director – Corporate Purchasing, Volkswagen India Private Ltd.
“Honeywell VNT technology is
an upgrade to existing wastegate technology with its advanced aerodynamics and
bearing systems allowing more precise control of air flow into the engine. This
helps Volkswagen offer its customers improved fuel economy and uncompromising
performance with high torque and power resulting in better responsiveness to
the driver. Honeywell’s VNT technology is 30 percent more space efficient
helping Volkswagen engineers apply a more powerful, yet compact powertrain
across a range of vehicles,” said Milind Godbole, Managing Director, Honeywell
Transportation Systems, India.
Honeywell’s design, engineering and
manufacturing centres in Pune and Bangalore are world-class facilities
translating global technology platforms into localised solutions for India.
The close collaboration has led to an engine that is not only a win for the
consumer, but is energy efficient and environmentally responsible. The 1.5L TDI
diesel engine replaced a smaller 1.2L TDI diesel engine as well as a larger
1.6L TDI diesel engine in the Volkswagen Polo, Vento and the Skoda Rapid.
Configurations with this engine across all three models went on sale in later
half of 2014.
Downsized diesel turbocharged vehicles deliver
up to 40 pc better fuel-economy and emissions than the larger
naturally-aspirated engines with similar power outputs which they replace. They
also have better torque and are often more fun to drive than non-turbocharged
As the leader in turbo
solutions, Honeywell continues to launch on average 100 new applications
globally every year with some 500 in its development pipeline while working
with nearly every major auto manufacturer in the world.
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