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.

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