11 April 2001

Chicago, IL-based BorgWarner Turbo Systems has developed a new range of turbochargers for a new generation of small diesel engines, and will supply the turbochargers to Renault over the next several years under a contract worth approximately $125 million.

The new turbochargers, called KP 35, are designed for smaller 1.4-liter diesel engines. Production of the engines for Renault has begun for its 2001 model-year Clio and Kangoo vehicles. The turbochargers will be produced at BorgWarner’s plant in Kirchheimbolanden, Germany.

“The use of the smaller engines by Renault and other manufacturers reflects a trend in Europe towards greater fuel efficiency and lower emissions,” said Lee Wilson, president, BorgWarner Turbo Systems.

The use of turbochargers on European passenger cars, and on almost all diesel passenger cars, has become a state-of-the-art application. The European demand for diesel engines has accelerated significantly as the technology has improved. According to BorgWarner, diesel engines were in 32% of cars sold in Europe last year; the number should reach 40% by 2003.

“These diesel engines are already clearly superior to naturally aspirated gasoline engines,” said Hans-Peter Schmalzl, who oversees development of passenger car turbochargers at BorgWarner Turbo Systems Worldwide Headquarters in Kirchheimbolanden. “We believe this trend will continue, and that significant advances are still in store where performance is concerned.”

This announcement by BorgWarner follows a recent statement by Garrett Engine Boosting Systems on its US$60 million investment to boost turbochargers capacity for the European diesel market.

BorgWarner is a manufacturer of components and systems for vehicle powertrain applications worldwide. The company operates manufacturing and technical facilities in 46 locations in 13 countries. Customers include Ford, DaimlerChrysler, General Motors, Toyota, Caterpillar, Navistar International and VW Group.

Source: BorgWarner