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Honeywell Turbocharger Technologies Help Meet Rising CAFE Standards

On Aug. 28, the Obama Administration announced the new Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standard for cars and light-duty trucks, raising the standard to the equivalent of 54.5 miles/gallon by 2025. The CAFE standards are regulations, administered by the Dept of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency, that govern the average fuel efficiency of cars and light trucks sold in the U.S.

Honeywell is developing fuel-efficient turbochargers that help automakers achieve CAFE targets while meeting consumer demand for improved fuel economy without compromising engine performance.

According to Tony Schultz, Honeywell Turbo Technologies vice president for the Americas, Honeywell expects to see turbo penetration in light vehicle industry sales move from just more than 10 percent now to more than 20 percent by 2016 in the U.S., as manufacturers continue the process of downsizing and turbocharging to increase miles per gallon in all segments. The advancements being made in turbo technology will make it a key component of the solution for the even more aggressive standards now set for 2025.

Honeywell has U.S. launches with more than a dozen vehicle brands in the next few years including Ford, GM, Chrysler, Fiat, Volkswagen, and Nissan, which will more than double the company’s current annual launch rate for light vehicle turbochargers in North America.


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