DETROIT Jan. 19, 2011 Detroit
The turbocharged 1.4-liter Ecotec engine produces 138 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque, but is still expected to get more than 40 mpg on the highway. It is the same engine used in the slightly larger Chevrolet Cruze, which delivers a class-leading 42 mpg highway rating according to the EPA.
The Sonic joins a fast growing group of Honeywell turbocharged fuel-efficient vehicles launched in the U.S. recently. These include several of Ford’s line of EcoBoost vehicles, the Mercedes CL550 coupe and CL63/S63 AMG models, and the BMW X6 ActiveHybrid, the world’s first turbocharged hybrid.
Turbo penetration in the U.S. is expected to grow from 5% today to 20% of all new cars during the next five years, led by a rapid uptake in new generation turbo gasoline powertrains.
Honeywell Turbo Technologies is the leading automotive turbocharger developer in the world, supplying technology solutions to nearly every major automaker in the world. The Turbo Technologies business is part of Honeywell Transportation Systems, which enhances vehicle performance, efficiency and appearance through state-of-the-art technologies, world-class brands, and global solutions tailored for its automotive customers around the world.
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