For over 20 years, Continental has constantly contributed to Ward’s 10 Best Engines, and this year is no different. Seven of the engines that bagged an award are fitted with Continental powertrain technologies, indicating its leadership in engine technology and drivetrain innovation. Among the engines that the German manufacturer contributed to are an extended range electric vehicle and a plug-in hybrid.
Commenting on the significance of suppliers and their technologies in engine development, Drew Winter, Director, Content at WardsAuto, said that it takes a village to raise a child and it takes a community of smart, dedicated suppliers to create a great engine.
The Ward’s 10 Best Engines set the standard in terms of torque, horsepower, noise attenuation, fuel economy, comparative specs, and the application of new technology. Eight editors of WardsAuto assess the nominated vehicles in their routine daily commutes around metro Detroit. This year, the panel received a total of 31 entries consisting of new or greatly enhanced engines.
According to Kregg Wiggins senior vice president, Powertrain pision, North America, this prestigious acknowledgement is a significant indicator of what customers are searching for in their vehicles. Continental remains committed to the development of state-of-the-art technologies designed to help deliver the most fuel efficient, safe and fun-to-drive vehicles. “Congratulations to this year’s award winners, especially to our customers that made the list. We are proud to partner with you.”
The awards were presented in Detroit’s COBO Center yesterday during the NAIAS.
The following are the list of Continental technologies included in the engines that bagged an award:
Chevrolet Camaro/Cadillac ATS 3.6L V-6
Direct Injection Engine Control Unit
Coolant Temperature Sensor
Oil Level switch
Voltage Stabilization System (Cadillac ATS)
BMW 340i 3.0L 6-cylinder
Natural Vacuum Leak Detection (NVLD)
Canister Purge Gauge Pressure Sensor
Electronic Throttle Control (ETC)
Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang 5.2L V-8
Engine Control Unit
Temperature Manifold Absolute Pressure Sensor
Chevrolet Volt EREV 1.5L 4-cylinder
Exhaust Gas Recirculation Actuator
Fuel Delivery Module
Nissan Maxima 3.5L V-6
Hyundai Sonata PHEV 2.0L 4-cylinder
Direct Injection Powertrain Control Unit
Gasoline Direct-Injection XL3.1 200bar Solenoid Injector
Natural Vacuum Leak Detection (NVLD) Sensor
Volvo XC90 2.0L Turbo/Supercharged 4-cylinder
Oil Level Switch
Close Coupled Substrate Catalytic Converter
Hamid Moaref has always been fascinated by cars and the automotive industry. His family has a longstanding association with the industry and has been in the tire business for the past 35 years. Raised in Dubai, Hamid attended Capilano University in Vancouver where he graduated with a BBA in marketing before attending an intensive course in magazine publishing in 2005. He has been the publisher and chief editor of Tires & Parts magazine for the past ten years.
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