TROY, Mich., Jan. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Schaeffler, a global automotive manufacturer of high-precision products and systems for engines, transmissions and chassis applications, is proud to supply components, systems and technologies to nine of the 10 engines recognized by Ward's 10 Best Engines for 2013. According to Ward's, editors scored each engine based on power, technology, observed fuel economy, relative competitiveness and noise, vibration and harshness characteristics.
"We're proud to support the winning engines with the powertrain components and technologies that help create safe, affordable and environmentally conscious vehicles," said Jeff Hemphill, chief technical officer, Schaeffler North America. "We're consistently working to offer products that meet the needs of our customers today, while also developing the innovations required to meet their needs for the future. As engines evolve to satisfy upcoming regulations, so do our optimization efforts."
In partnership with its customers, Schaeffler has developed products and technologies to both optimize internal combustion engines through innovative fluid management, as well as address the requirements of the next generation of electric and hybrid-electric vehicles. The 2013 winners featuring Schaeffler components are:
- 3.0L TFSI Supercharged DOHC V-6 (Audi S5)
- 2.0L N20 Turbocharged DOHC I-4 (BMW 328i)
- 3.0L N55 Turbocharged DOHC I-6 (BMW 135is coupe)
- 3.6L Pentastar DOHC V-6 (Ram 1500)
- 2.0L EcoBoost DOHC I-4 (Ford Focus ST/Taurus)
- 5.8L Supercharged DOHC V-8 (Ford Shelby GT500)
- 2.0L Turbocharged DOHC I-4 (Cadillac ATS)
- 2.4L DOHC I-4 (Honda Accord Sport)
- 3.5L SOHC V-6 (Honda Accord)
Now in its 19th year, the Ward's 10 Best Engines competition pits the latest engines available in the U.S. market against the returning winners from the previous year. According to Ward's, this year's winners stand as a tribute to internal combustion, as automakers wrestle with fuel-economy standards requiring a growing number of zero-emissions electric vehicles.
To be eligible, an engine must be available in a production vehicle on sale within the first quarter of 2013 and with a base price of less than $55,000. Ten WardsAuto editors chose the winners by evaluating 40 new or significantly upgraded engines in their routine daily commutes around metro Detroit between October and early December. The awards will be presented at a Jan. 16 ceremony in Detroit during the North American International Auto Show.
With its product brands INA, LuK and FAG, Schaeffler is a leading provider of rolling and plain bearing solutions, and linear and direct drive technology, as well as a renowned supplier of high-precision products and systems for engines, transmissions and chassis applications to the automotive industry. The global group of companies generated sales of approximately 10.7 billion Euro in 2011. With approximately 74,000 employees worldwide, Schaeffler is one of the largest German and European industrial companies in family ownership. With 180 locations in more than 50 countries, Schaeffler has a worldwide network of manufacturing locations, research and development facilities, sales companies, engineering offices and training centers.
To serve the North American automotive market, Schaeffler operates development centers in: Troy, Mich.; Fort Mill, S.C.; Wooster, Ohio; and Puebla, Mexico. The company's 400 North American engineers and technicians, who are supported by a team of more than 5,500 global engineers, drive development in the region utilizing state-of-the-art test and measurement equipment, computational tools and CAD systems. Schaeffler Automotive has headquarters in Fort Mill and manufacturing facilities in: South Carolina; Missouri; Ohio; Ontario, Canada; Puebla and Irapuato, Mexico. For more information, please visit www.schaeffler.us.