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As increased Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards co-mingle closely with the customer desire for performance, turbo chargers are seeing a rise in popularity. Honeywell automotive systems alone has experienced a 10 percent increase in its business supplying turbo chargers to the auto industry.

A turbo can significantly boost an engine’s horsepower without significantly increasing its weight, which is the huge benefit that makes them so popular with consumers and OEMs alike. Strict new CAFE standards mandate an increase in fuel economy for all new cars and trucks, demanding that they achieve 35.5 miles per gallon by 2016 (an average of 39 mpg for cars and 30 mpg for trucks). These regulations require a rapid rise in fuel efficiency while cutting four years from the previous regulation’s timetable.

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