Eaton Technologies Contribute to Winning Engines on Ward’s 10 Best Engines Program

Power management company Eaton announced that its engine boosting, fuel- and emissions-saving technologies are on six of the 10 engines chosen by WardsAuto for its 20th annual “10 Best Engines competition.” The winners were honored today during a ceremony held at the Marriott Renaissance Hotel in Detroit, Michigan.

“We are very pleased to see our valued customers receiving this prestigious award,” said Staci Kroon, president, Automotive North America.  “The continuing success we have in providing our customers with leading powertrain technologies could not happen without the hard work and dedication from Eaton employees in our facilities throughout the world.”

The Eaton technologies that are part of the winning engines and the seven Eaton facilities that supply them include:

Superchargers – Eaton Twin Vortices Series™ (TVS):

  • Audi S5 – 3.0L TFSI V-6 (Tczew, Poland)

Valve actuation – Cylinder deactivation system:

  • Chevrolet Corvette – 6.2L LTI V-8 (Roxboro, North Carolina)

Valves – High performance, super alloy and lightweight:

  • Audi S5 – 3.0L TFSI V-6 (Nordhausen, Germany)
  • BMW 535d – 3.0L N57 I-6 (Bosconero, Italy)
  • Chevrolet Corvette – 6.2L LTI V-8 (Kearney, Nebraska)
  • Ford Fiesta – 1.0L EcoBoost 3-cylinder (Nordhausen and Bielsko Biala, Poland)
  • Honda Accord – 3.5L SOHC V-6 (Westminster, SC – Joint Venture facility)
  • Ram 1500 Crew Cab – 3.0L RA630 V-6 (Bielsko Biala, Poland)

Eaton technologies have contributed to winning engines since the inception of the Ward’s 10 Best Engines program, including the only two returning winners that made this year’s list. The supercharged Audi V-6 – a winner for five straight years – was described by one judge as “the best engine I’ve ever encountered.”  Honda’s V-6 also was a repeat winner.

“Eaton strives to help automakers and end-users worldwide improve energy efficiency and performance for a wide variety of engines and vehicles,” added Kroon. “This includes the largest (6.2L Corvette) and smallest (1.0L Fiesta) powertrains on this year’s top engine list. Our advanced valve and valve actuation technologies help reduce fuel consumption and emissions in the Corvette application, while maintaining the car’s high-output performance.”

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. To be eligible, an engine must be available on a production vehicle that is on sale within the first quarter of 2014 and with a base price of less than $60,000.

Eaton supplies the automotive industry with critical components that improve fuel economy, reduce emissions and enhance vehicle performance. Principal products include superchargers, engine valvetrain components, torque control products, fluid conveyance components, light-duty transmissions, fuel emission and powertrain controls.


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