TodayApril 16, 2022

Continental’s 3-cylinder 1-liter turbocharger

2012 North American International Auto Show

Kregg Wiggins, senior vice president, Powertrain Division, NAFTA at Continental talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO,, 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 Continental produce larger turbochargers?

Will Continental be selling this turbocharger to any other manufacturers?

Lou Ann Hammond

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 board member of the Women in Automotive.