New Delhi, India – Honeywell Transportation Systems is providing variable-geometry, diesel turbocharger technology to Volkswagen for its new 1.5L TDI diesel engine designed and developed in India to meet the unique needs of the local automotive market in the newest versions of Volkswagen and SKODA.
Volkswagen selected Honeywell for its more than 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 Polo, the Vento, and the Rapid.
"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," says 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% more space efficient helping Volkswagen engineers apply a more powerful, yet compact powertrain across a range of vehicles," says Milind Godbole, Managing Director, Honeywell Transportation Systems, India.
Source: Honeywell India
New York, New York – Scion showed off two new vehicles on the eve of the New York International Auto Show. The Scion iM made its debut, as did the Scion iA, Toyota’s youth-oriented brand’s first sedan.
“Tonight’s New York reveal captured the energy and new momentum of these dynamic vehicles and the Scion brand,” says Scion Group Vice President Doug Murtha. “The iM and the iA expand the Scion lineup to reach more young drivers with their changing needs and motivations. Each vehicle brings a uniquely Scion interpretation of style, practicality and fun.”
2016 Scion iM
With an estimated MSRP starting less than $20,000, the 2016 Scion iM is designed for young buyers looking for a sporty hatchback.
Powered by a 1.8L DOHC Valvematic engine that generated 137hp, the iM is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission standard or an optional CVT
2016 Scion iA
The 2016 Scion iA will arrive in dealerships this fall for an estimated MSRP in the $16,000-range. That’s for a mono-spec model equipped with standard low-speed pre-collision safety system and 7-inch multi-media system with voice recognition.
iA highlights include:
- 1.5L engine producing 106hp
- 6-speed stick shift or 6-speed automatic
- Manufacturer-estimated 42mpg
The iA comes standard with a low-speed Pre-collision system that uses lasers and cameras to help the driver avoid collisions and to help minimize damage in the event of an accident.
Coahuila, Mexico - Usinatech Inc. founder and CEO Rudy Pelletier joined Normand Pelletier, director of Usinatech's Mexico operations, to announce their inking of a parts manufacturing deal with Nexteer Automotive. One of the world's largest Tier 1 automotive driveline and steering component manufacturers, Nexteer will be sourcing a minimum of 300,000 half-axle shafts from Usinatech’s plant in Saltillo, Mexico starting in late 2015.
Half-axles are found in pairs on all cars and trucks with front wheel drive. Like the full axles on rear-wheel-drive cars or trucks, they work by transmitting power from the vehicle's transmission to its wheels. The half-axle shafts made by Usinatech Mexico for Nexteer will be included in the driveline assemblies for a new 2016 front wheel drive model being launched by one of the Big Three North American OEMs.
Facing a hurry-up timeline with start of production scheduled for Q3 2015, Usinatech's project management, procurement, technical and quality assurance teams have already begun pre-production, plant engineering and supply chain planning.
Usinatech will use specialized heat-induction and precision machining to make Nexteer’s half-axle shafts on-site at their 50,000ft2 plant Saltillo plant. Once completed, the half-axle shafts will be packed into custom-designed containers and shipped on a just-in-time basis to Nexteer’s plant in Queretaro, Mexico. There, they will be included in the front-wheel-driveline-assemblies made by Nexteer for their OEM client.
“Because our Usinatech Mexico plant has both heat induction and spline rolling capabilities demanded by the part making program under one roof close to Queretaro, it was a big advantage for us as well as Nexteer.” Explains Usinatech Sales and Purchasing Director Christian Gregoire. "But our core advantage was as always, our ability to design and implement processes for making large quantities of complex, high quality machined parts, reliably in short periods of time.”