BorgWarner today announced it will supply its fourth-generation variable-turbine geometry (VTG) turbochargers for the newly developed 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engine featured in the Hyundai ix35 and Kia Sportage.
According to a press release, BorgWarner's engineers replaced straight turbine vanes with a patented S-shaped vane design to improve thermodynamics, response and control. The new turbocharger also increases efficiency at low engine speeds.
The new technology will give a boost to the Hyundai ix35, which began production in Korea in late 2009, and the fuel-efficient diesel engine that is available in Europe this spring. The technology will also boost the new Kia Sportage, which premiered at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. The Kia Sportage will be available across Europe 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."