U.S.A.:Automakers remain unmoved by turbochargers - Ford Forums - Mustang Forum, Ford Trucks, Ford Focus and Ford Cars
Ford Forum Ford Forum

» Auto Insurance
» Featured Product
» Wheel & Tire Center

Go Back   Ford Forums - Mustang Forum, Ford Trucks, Ford Focus and Ford Cars > Fordforums Community > Latest Ford News and Racing News > Ford Worldwide News
Register Home Forum Active Topics Photo Gallery Auto Loans Garage Mark Forums Read Auto Escrow

FordForums.com is the premier Ford Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-07-2003, 00:22   #1 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Stacy94PGT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: The Hills of North Georgia,USA
Posts: 7,859
U.S.A.:Automakers remain unmoved by turbochargers

2003 TRAVERSE CITY Coverage:

By Lindsay Chappell
Automotive News / August 06, 2003

TRAVERSE CITY, MICH.-- If you build a better mousetrap, the world will beat a path to your doorway -- unless the mousetrap happens to be a turbocharger and the world is the North American auto industry.

Despite claims of improved fuel economy, reduced vehicle weight, lower costs and better performance, U.S. automakers have not taken the plunge into turbocharging the way European makers have.

“It’s baffling,” said S.M. Shahed, vice president for advanced technology at Garrett Engine Boosting Systems of Torrance, Calif. “I can give you all this, and hand you $300 back for taking it. So why haven’t the carmakers taken it? I don’t know.”

Rob Gillette, president and CEO of Honeywell International’s transportation and power systems, said that some U.S. auto program managers are considering turbocharged engines, although he declined to name the potential customers.

“I think they’re biting — they’re just not hooked yet,” Gillette said yesterday after making a presentation at the Management Briefing Seminars. “I think they really are thinking about it.”

Last year, Honeywell sold 7 million turbochargers around the world. But 60 percent of them went to European engines and 15 percent went to Asia. Of the 25 percent that were supplied to North American engines, almost all went into commercial trucks and heavy-duty applications, Gillette said.

By contrast, almost one-third of all the European vehicles sold in the United States are turbocharged.

Gillette believes there are reasons to be hopeful about the U.S. turbocharger market. General Motors has developed a new modular family of engines that were designed to accommodate charging, either by turbochargers or superchargers. But GM has not indicated whether those engines will actually include chargers.

Meanwhile, Europe beckons with still more business, Gillette said. Most turbocharging in that market to date has focused on diesel engines. Only about 10 percent of gasoline engines in Europe are turbocharged.

But European automakers face a new mandate to clean up their gasoline engines. Observers expect that to usher in a greater reliance on turbochargers, which reduce emissions.

Gillette predicts the demand for turbochargers will grow to 25 percent of the gasoline-engine market by 2010.

That opportunity will help Honeywell achieve its target of doubling its worldwide turbocharger business over the next five years, Gillette said.
__________________
Stacy94PGT
My first car was a 67 Mustang Coupe, 2nd one was a 67 Cougar XR-7, 3rd one was a 66 Mustang Coupe. Why did I get rid of these cars for ? I know why, because I'm stupid, stupid, stupid.

My next Ford.....
Stacy94PGT is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  Ford Forums - Mustang Forum, Ford Trucks, Ford Focus and Ford Cars > Fordforums Community > Latest Ford News and Racing News > Ford Worldwide News



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Ford perplexed but unmoved by Sierra ads Stacy94PGT Ford Worldwide News 0 06-04-2003 22:19
Issues Remain ( help ) SiX_iN_a_RoW General Tech 4 03-15-2003 01:05
Completed MPFI convertion issues remain carazy General Tech 20 03-05-2003 21:25

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.2

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 21:29.



Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0
Garage Plus vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.