Vehicle quality was not the only thing making news when Consumer Reports unveiled the results of its latest reliability study in Detroit earlier this week. Amongst the issues highlighted by the consumer publication were real world fuel economy and forced induction engine technology.
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At this week’s SEA All-Wheel Drive Symposium in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, OEM supplier BorgWarner will show off its next generation of AWD systems including a new hybrid-electric setup. The system, known as eAWD, will be fitted to a Saab 9-3 and BorgWarner claims it will offer, “superior stability and traction with lower emissions and up to 20 percent better fuel economy.”
Saab announced a similar system on its Phoenix Concept (above) at the Geneva Auto Show earlier this year. Calling its version eXWD, the setup makes use of a 200-hp turbocharged 4-cylinder gasoline engine and 34-hp hybrid system with power constantly going to the front wheels, while sending power to the rear wheels when necessary. Saab claims the setup would be able to deliver a 50-mpg rating.
In addition, BorgWarner will display new single and multi-gear eGearDrive transmissions for electric cars.
GALLERY: Saab Phoenix Concept
Korean car manufacturers Hyundai and Kia have been making quite the buzz lately. From clever marketing campaigns to assistance programs to entice consumers into their products, both manufacturers are now staple competitors in the ever-growing automotive market.
Part of their brilliant success is developing the right partnerships with the right people. Hyundai has done a fantastic job marketing in several forms of motorsports while Kia has signed with the NBA and has targeted the younger crowd with customization as their theme (a la Scion). Both manufacturers have recently announced a partnership with turbocharger manufacturer BorgWarner. Hyundai’s ix35 and Kia’s new Sportage (debut at Geneva 2010) will be equipped with BorgWarner’s fourth generation variable-turbine geometry (VTG) turbochargers. The turbo will complement the 2.0L four-cylinder diesel engine currently found in both vehicles.
There is a whole lot of technical information on BorgWarner’s VTG turbos, but we’re not here to bore you with that. Simply put BorgWarner has replaced straight turbine vanes with a patented S-shaped vane design. This helps improve thermodynamics, response and control. Both vehicles will be available in Europe in the near future. VTG turbos are best known for their debut in the current Porsche 911 Turbo.
Now if only Hyundai could get some Borg Warner VTG technology for it’s 2.0T gasoline engines – which already make as much as 274-hp on cars like the new 2011 Sonata.
[Source: The Car Tech Blog]