AUBURN HILLS, Mich., April 17 - BorgWarner(NYSE: BWA) received a 2007 Automotive News PACE Award at a ceremony yesterday in Detroit for its innovative gasoline turbocharger with variable turbine geometry (VTG(TM)). In addition, BorgWarner and Porsche were presented with two special PACE recognitions for their successful collaboration on the
Porsche 911 Turbo. The innovations, the winning gasoline turbocharger with
variable turbine geometry (VTG(TM)) and the high energy ITM3e(TM) all-wheel
drive system, were two of the six finalists in the Product Europe category.
The PACE awards recognize automotive suppliers for superior innovation,
technological advancement and business performance.
"These prestigious awards acknowledge the extraordinary results that can
be accomplished by people who are passionate about innovation," said Tim
Manganello, BorgWarner Chairman and CEO. "Together, Porsche and BorgWarner
achieved two world-firsts in the automotive industry. We are proud to have the
opportunity to collaborate with Porsche, combining our creative vision and
engineering expertise to help build a vehicle that delivers a truly
exceptional driving experience."
For the Porsche 911 Turbo, BorgWarner Turbo & Emissions Systems developed
and launched the world's first high-volume series variable turbine geometry
(VTG(TM)) turbocharger for a gas-powered automobile. Although turbocharged
diesel engines have enjoyed success for decades, a number of serious
challenges had to be surmounted to develop a gasoline turbocharger.
Electronically adjustable guide vanes, heat-resistant aerospace materials and
BorgWarner's state-of-the-art turbocharging technology combined to create a
gasoline VTG(TM) turbo system with powerful performance, lower operating costs
and fuel consumption, and no turbo lag.
A finalist in the PACE competition, the electronically controlled
multidisk clutch in the BorgWarner TorqTransfer Systems high energy ITM3e(TM)
all-wheel drive system responds to traction changes instantly, analyzing
sensor data in real time and enabling immediate adjustments to the torque
distribution between the front and rear axles. Referred to as Porsche Traction
Management (PTM) by Porsche, the fully dynamic system provides noticeably
improved traction, increased safety, excellent handling and a confidence-inspiring driving experience.
The 13th annual Automotive News PACE (Premier Automotive Suppliers'
Contribution to Excellence) Awards are recognized around the world as the
industry symbol of innovation. The competition was open to suppliers who
contribute products, processes, materials or services directly to the
manufacture of cars or trucks. BorgWarner earned winner status following an
extensive review by industry, academic and business leaders including a
comprehensive written application and site visits to BorgWarner locations in
Auburn Hills, Michigan, and Arnstadt, Ketsch and Kirchheimbolanden, Germany.
The special recognition for collaboration is granted at the discretion of PACE
judges to acknowledge exceptional teamwork and collaboration between the OEM
customer and supplier.
Auburn Hills, Michigan-based BorgWarner Inc. (NYSE: BWA) is a product
leader in highly engineered components and systems for vehicle powertrain
applications worldwide. The FORTUNE 500 company operates manufacturing and
technical facilities in 63 locations in 18 countries. Customers include Ford,
VW/Audi, DaimlerChrysler, General Motors, Toyota, Renault/Nissan, Hyundai/Kia,
Honda, BMW, Caterpillar, Navistar International, and Peugeot. The Internet
address for BorgWarner is: www.borgwarner.com
SOURCE BorgWarner Inc.
Web site: www.borgwarner.com