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09-20-2013 07:58 AM
Re: Volkswagen plans to go totally turbo in 3-4 years (Ford considering similar??)

why not and these tow auto makers are involved in the similar thinking ... there are many more automobile giants looking for same
09-18-2013 11:13 AM
Re: Volkswagen plans to go totally turbo in 3-4 years (Ford considering similar??)

I know Ford didn't event the turbo'd engines but I do believe they are the first manufacture to use them in so many vehicles across the lineup what the quantities they sell. It's nice to see other manufactures catching on.

Ford should add cylinder deactivation on it's next overhaul of the ecoboost engines.
09-18-2013 11:02 AM
Re: Volkswagen plans to go totally turbo in 3-4 years (Ford considering similar??)

NA engines have sure come a long way, but they have mostly peaked years ago. We see a lot of newer tech thrown at them (cyl deactivation, variable lift or duration, etc.), but for the most part, those are all technologies that can also co-exist with boosted motors, which are more power dense. The trouble with all these new technologies combined, is that the added variables are like new tuning knobs that exponentially grow not just the opportunities , but far more so the complexity. And I do mean exponentially. Think of a matrix of several variables affecting a desired outcome, now double or triple those variables, many of which have little background experience to fall on. Heck, just turbo tech alone will grow exponentially in the coming years. So yeah, a turbo can be a knob, that has several other knobs within itself.

LOL, kind of reminds of going from treble and bass on my car stereo, to a freaking sound studio.
Actually, that is a perfect analogy.
09-18-2013 10:52 AM
Volkswagen plans to go totally turbo in 3-4 years (Ford considering similar??)

Detroit— A Volkswagen AG executive said Tuesday that the automaker will phase out conventional gas engines in three or four years in favor of more powerful and fuel-efficient turbocharged gas and diesel powertrains.

Mark Trahan, VW’s executive vice president for group quality, said the automaker plans to replace its three remaining naturally aspirated or conventional gas engines — a five-cylinder 2.5-liter and two six-cylinder variants — with turbocharged engines.

“You have to have a turbo these days,” Trahan told The Detroit News following an Automotive Press Association event. “We only have one normally aspirated gas engine, and when we go to the next generation vehicle that it’s in, it will be replaced. So three, four years maximum.”

Volkswagen is the second automaker in two days to imply that naturally aspirated engines could soon be a thing of the past as turbocharged engines become more popular.

On Monday, Joe Bakaj, Ford Motor Co. vice president of powertrain engineering, said conventional engines could become extinct in Ford’s lineup.

“At some point in the future that will be an option,” he said. He said that hybrid vehicles, which have conventional gas engines and electric motors, would be exceptions

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