Automotive supplier Honeywell expects the number of new cars with turbocharged engines to increase by 80 percent over the next five years. That means the number of new American-market car with turbochargers will triple to more than four million by 2017, or roughly a quarter of the American car fleet will use turbochargers.
Honeywell claims that the U.S. had about 1.3 million turbocharged light-passenger vehicles last year. Globally, the supplier says that about 36 million passenger vehicles will have turbochargers by 2017, an increase of 80 percent compared to last year's figure of 20 million vehicles globally.
The data takes into account the fact that almost all automakers are developing downsized, turbocharged engines. Such engines help save fuel and will enable automakers to meet ever stricter fuel-economy and emissions regulations. The fuel-sipping combination of turbochargers, direct fuel injection, and variable valve timing even won the 2012 Automobile Magazine Technology Of The Year award.
"Turbochargers are growing in all regions around the world because they allow automakers to use smaller, more efficient engines, but still maintain performance," Honeywell said in a statement.
American companies like Ford have quickly adopted small turbocharged engines to improve vehicle efficiency. The new 2013 Ford Fusion offers 1.6- and 2.0-liter turbo-four mills, and 40 percent of all new F-150 trucks are equipped with Ford's twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V-6.The company even plans to launch a 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine next year. Volkswagen, meanwhile, reports that turbodiesel models account for nearly a quarter of its American sales. Toyota also plans to introduce downsized turbo engines next year.
In addition to the growth in the U.S., Honeywell expects other markets to increase adoption of turbocharged engines. India and China should both triple the number of turbocharged engines sold by 2017, to three million and 6.7 million engines, respectively. Projections for growth in Europe are tamer, because 67 percent of new cars in Europe already are sold with turbochargers -- typically for diesel engines. However, Honeywell still expects turbo penetration to reach 85 percent of new vehicles (about 17.4 million engines) in Europe by 2017.
Supplier predictions are one thing, but customer preferences are another. Do you plan on buying a new car with a turbocharged engine, or do you prefer a traditional naturally aspirated engine? Which, if any, current turbocharged cars are on your favorites list? Let us know in the comments section below.
Sources: Honeywell, Automotive News