3-cylinder, 1-liter turbocharger from Continental on Driving the Nation

Kregg Wiggins, senior vice president, Powertrain Division, NAFTA at Continental talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com, at the 2012 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, MI.

“Continentals turbocharger represents a significant development for the smaller engine trend.  Its robust design makes it highly reliable and able to handle extreme operating conditions.”

Continental will be supplying this turbocharger to Ford, initially for the  3-cylinder, direct injection, 1-liter European Ford Focus and future models, including Ford C-Max and B-Max. The turbocharger will be produced in Lahr, Germany.

Why did Continental start with a small turbocharger?

Will turbochargers help automakers meet future Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) requirements?

Will it produce larger turbochargers?

Will Continental be selling this turbocharger to any other manufacturers?

About the Author:

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and the Concept Car of the Year, and former member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year #NACTOY. She is a guest contributor for Via Corsa magazine and Vicarious magazine.