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RE: 2002 - No More Turbos

Wouldn't be so sure about that. Direct injection provides much better
fuel economy and helps reduce CO and CO2, but NOx emissions actually go
ballistic. I've read Mitsubishi had to go through lot of efforts to make
the GDI on the new Carisma conform to German emission regulations and
the Iridium (sp?) cat designed to do this is said not to last too long.
Saab is going to offer turbocharged engines _only_ in the near future
and it's a Swedish company, where enviroment protection is taken very
seriously. I've also read an article about a car built by Greenpoint
activists on the Renault Twingo platform. It uses 2 cylinder
turbocharged engine, achieving nearly 100hp per litre output. 

Aleksander Mierzwa
Warsaw, Poland
87 Audi 5000CS turbo (mine)
88 Renault Medallion wagon (mom's)
91 mountain bike (just in case both cars broke at the same time :-)

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	ptimmerm@mashtun.JPL.NASA.GOV
> [SMTP:ptimmerm@mashtun.JPL.NASA.GOV]
> Sent:	Thursday, March 12, 1998 8:09 PM
> To:	quattro@coimbra.ans.net
> Subject:	2002 - No More Turbos
> I was talking to a guy who works for one ofthe large
> japanese manufacturer with offices here in socal.  He
> was saying that turbo cars days were numbered.  The
> reason was emissions.  After six or eight years it is
> harder to insure the higher standards will be maintained.
> His thoughts not mine, btw.  For this reason they will
> be moving to other technology.  Specifically direct
> injection gasoline motors _without_ forced induction.
> If you haven't taken notice, many of the other makers 
> have also dropped their high end turbo vehicles from
> US import.  how many are left?  Audi, Toyota, volvo...
> paul timmerman