DETROIT, Dec. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Schaeffler Technologies -- a global automotive manufacturer of high-precision products and systems for engines, transmissions and chassis applications -- is supplying components or technologies to all 10 of Ward's 10 Best Engines for 2012. According to Ward's, the publication's editors scored the engines based on power, technology, observed fuel economy and noise, vibration and harshness characteristics.
"As the requirements and challenges placed on automakers continue to increase, Schaeffler Technologies is dedicated to developing the next generation of powertrain technologies to support our OEM customers' needs," said Bob Zito, director of engineering -- engine systems, Schaeffler Technologies. "We're honored to partner with the winning automakers and are committed to using our advanced development and product innovation process to develop solutions for their future powertrain needs."
Schaeffler Technologies is a global manufacturer of components and systems for valve trains, primary drives, accessory drives and camshaft phasing units. The company drives the development of state-of-the-art engine systems through concerted engineering efforts that incorporate industry leading advanced simulation analyses to shorten lead times and control development costs.
Now in its 18th year, the Ward's 10 Best Engines competition recognizes the latest powertrain technologies that are affordable to most consumers, boost horsepower and torque, sound appealing and integrate well with their respective vehicles. According to Ward's, to be eligible, each engine must be available in a regular-production U.S.-specification model on sale no later than first-quarter 2012, in a vehicle with a base price below $55,000. This year's winners and the applications tested:
- 3.0L TFSI Supercharged DOHC V-6 (Audi A6)
- 2.0L N20 Turbocharged DOHC I-4 (BMW Z4/528i)
- 3.0L N55 Turbocharged DOHC I-6 (BMW 335i coupe)
- 3.6L Pentastar DOHC V-6 (Chrysler 300S/Jeep Wrangler)
- 2.0L EcoBoost DOHC I-4 (Ford Edge)
- 5.0L DOHC V-8 (Ford Mustang Boss 302)
- 2.0L Turbocharged DOHC I-4 (Buick Regal GS)
- 1.6L DOHC I-4 (Hyundai Accent/Kia Soul)
- 2.0L Skyactiv DOHC I-4 (Mazda3)
- 3.5L DOHC V-6 HEV (Infiniti M35h)
With its brands INA, LuK and FAG, Schaeffler Technologies is a renowned supplier to the automotive industry. The company is among the innovation leaders in the world with more than 5,500 employees at 40 locations worldwide developing new products, technologies and processes, which result in more than 1,600 patent applications annually. Serving as a development partner with system expertise for the entire drivetrain, Schaeffler Technologies manufactures precision products for engines, transmissions and chassis applications that ensure reduced energy consumption and lower emissions, as well as increased driving comfort and safety.
To serve the North American automotive market, Schaeffler Technologies operates development centers in Troy, Mich.; Fort Mill, S.C.; Wooster, Ohio; and Puebla, Mexico. The company's 400 North American engineers and technicians, who are supported by a team of more than 5,500 global engineers, drive development in the region utilizing state-of-the-art test and measurement equipment, computational tools and CAD systems. Schaeffler Automotive has headquarters in Fort Mill and manufacturing facilities in: South Carolina; Missouri; Ohio; Ontario, Canada; Puebla and Irapuato, Mexico. For more information, please visit www.schaeffler.us.
SOURCE Schaeffler Technologies