BorgWarner to Supply VTG Turbo to Hyundai/Kia

BorgWarner announced that its new generation of variable turbine geometry (VTG) turbochargers will equip the new 2.0 liter diesel engine featured in the Hyundai ix35 and Kia Sportage.

This is the fourth generation of the VTG turbo: It allows the new powerplant to offer an impressive fuel economy without sacrificing performance. It uses straight turbine vanes that feature an S-shape design to deliver improved response and controllability. This is a special technology, which has been patented by the company. The turbocharger also increases engine efficiency at low rpms, through the optimization of the combustion process. This allows the engine to reduce its impact of the environment by reducing its CO2 emissions.

Installed on the two wheel drive Hyundai ix35, the 2.0 liter turbo diesel unit delivers 136 hp and 320 Nm of torque (@1,800 rpm), while returning a highway fuel consumption figure of 41 mpg. The four wheel drive model posts a fuel economy figure of 39 mpg. On the Kia Sportage, the 2.0 liter unit offers and 304 Nm of torque (@ 1,800 rpm).

The Hyundai ix35 entered production in Korea, in late 2009, while the all-new Kia Sportage, premiered at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, will be introduced on the European market later this year.

"BorgWarner's latest advancements in turbocharging technology for modern diesel engines achieve optimum power output with the greatest fuel economy," said Roger Wood, President and General Manager, BorgWarner Turbo Systems. "We are pleased to provide localized production and engineering in Korea to support our successful, long-standing partnership with Hyundai Motor Corporation."
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