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.