Volkswagen Group of America Receives PACE Award


Wall Street Journal - April 16, 2013

Volk­swa­gen Group of Amer­ica, in part­ner­ship with Valeo Pow­er­train Sys­tems was awarded the pres­ti­gious Auto News PACE award for its inno­v­a­tive collaboration.

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Volk­swa­gen and Valeo have earned a 2013 Auto­mo­tive News PACE ( Pre­mier Auto­mo­tive Sup­pli­ers ’ Con­tri­bu­tion to Excel­lence) Inno­va­tion Part­ner­ship Award for its col­lab­o­ra­tion on devel­op­ing a new Water Charged Air Cooled (WCAC) Air Intake Mod­ule (AIM) for Volkswagen’s 4-cylinder 1.6 and 2.0 TDi mod­u­lar engines.  Called “SiLLK” (Saugrohr inte­gri­erter Ladeluftkuhler) by the OEM cus­tomer, the com­pact and pow­er­ful Valeo AIM pro­motes engine down­siz­ing for fuel con­sump­tion (CO2) and emis­sions (NOx) reduc­tions to help vehi­cles meet world­wide emis­sions regulations.

“A strong, col­lab­o­ra­tive part­ner­ship between the OEM cus­tomer and the Sup­plier is essen­tial to bring­ing game-changing inno­va­tions to mar­ket,” said Valeo Pow­er­train Ther­mal Sys­tems Research and Devel­op­ment and Mar­ket­ing Direc­tor Georges De Pelse­maeker.  “It is an honor to receive this award.  It helps rec­og­nize almost a decade of charged air cool­ing and engine cool­ing devel­op­ment activ­i­ties with our val­ued customer.”

The com­pact AIM uses a highly effec­tive fluid coolant heat exchanger inte­grated into the intake man­i­fold to min­i­mize air pres­sure losses and reduce turbo lag dur­ing accel­er­a­tion.  The AIM not only accom­mo­dates the throt­tle body and Exhaust Gas Recir­cu­la­tion (EGR) valves pro­duced by Valeo Pow­er­train Sys­tems, it also pro­vides vehi­cle man­u­fac­tur­ers with addi­tional pack­ag­ing space and flex­i­bil­ity under the hood.

“The dis­tin­guished PACE Award is good indi­ca­tor that Volk­swa­gen is on the right path with its clean diesel strat­egy,” said Oliver Schmidt, gen­eral man­ager, Envi­ron­men­tal and Engi­neer­ing Office, Volk­swa­gen Group of Amer­ica. “Volk­swa­gen is proud to have found a part­ner with Valeo that is capa­ble to put the inno­va­tions into pro­duc­tion in order to deliver advanced tech­nol­ogy to cus­tomers in our lineup of clean-diesel, fuel-efficient vehicles.”

Valeo accepted the honor with Volk­swa­gen at the 2013 Auto­mo­tive News PACE Awards cer­e­mony hon­or­ing supe­rior inno­va­tion, tech­no­log­i­cal advance­ment and busi­ness per­for­mance among auto­mo­tive suppliers.