Valeo's Air Intake Module Wins a 2013 Automotive News PACE Award
TROY, Mich., April 16, 2013
TROY, Mich., April 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Valeo has won a 2013 Automotive
News PACE (Premier Automotive Suppliers' Contribution to Excellence) Award for
its Air Intake Module (AIM) featured on Volkswagen's 4-cylinder 1.6 and 2.0
TDi engines. In addition to improving fuel economy, the compact and high
performance Valeo AIM promotes engine downsizing without sacrificing response
and driver satisfaction. The Valeo AIM technology helps vehicle manufacturers
utilizing both gasoline and diesel engines meet future global tailpipe
"We are excited and privileged to receive the PACE Award for our Air Intake
Module," said Valeo Powertrain Thermal Systems Research and Development and
Marketing Director Georges De Pelsemaeker. "This distinction recognizes Valeo
Thermal Systems as a major contributor and innovation leader in addressing
tailpipe emission environmental challenges, while meeting customers' needs for
improved fuel economy and drivability."
Valeo's 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 Valeo 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 air intake system is a main sub-module of the fully redesigned modular
Volkswagen TDi Diesel engine," said De Pelsemaeker. "Overcoming temperature
and pressure challenges coupled with high performance requirements led us to
mount the inlet tank and outlet flange directly onto the engine's cylinder
head. This approach is an industry first for charged air cooling delivery."
Valeo accepted the honor at the 2013 Automotive News PACE Awards ceremony on
April 15, 2013 at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit. The Automotive
News PACE Awards honor superior innovation, technological advancement and
business performance among automotive suppliers. In the past, Valeo won PACE
awards in 2012 for its Aqua blade wiper system; 2008 for its Park4U® park
assist system; 2007 for its Multi-Beam Radar (MBR) blind-spot radar sensor;
2006 for its STARS micro-hybrid system; and, 2005 for its LaneVue™ lane
departure warning system.
Valeo is an independent industrial Group fully focused on the design,
production and sale of components, integrated systems and modules for the
automotive industry, mainly for CO emissions reduction. Valeo ranks among
the world's top automotive suppliers. The Group has 125 plants, 21 research
centers, 40 development centers, 12 distribution platforms and employs 72,600
people in 29 countries worldwide.
In North America, Valeo's regional headquarters are located in Troy, Mich.,
and the company has 16 production sites and seven research and development
centers. The company employs approximately 9,500* people across the United
States (2,275) and Mexico (7,167).
The company's innovative solutions are developed by four business groups -
Powertrain Systems, Thermal Systems, Comfort and Driving Assistance Systems
and Visibility Systems. Valeo's key products support and advance automotive
electrical systems; transmission systems; engine management systems; air
management systems; hybrid and electric vehicle systems; climate control;
powertrain thermal systems; compressors; front-end modules; driving
assistance; interior controls; interior electronics; lighting systems; wiper
systems; and, wiper motors.
More information about the Valeo Group and its activities can be found on the
Internet at www.valeo.com
*Total number of employees as of end of year 2012 (Dec. 31, 2012).
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