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BorgWarner Supplies All Five Vehicles in Green Car Journal's "Top 5 for 2009"


2008 LA Auto Show
2008 LA Auto Show

BorgWarner Technologies Help OEMs Reduce Engine Size, Cut Emissions and Improve Fuel Economy While Boosting Performance

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Nov. 19 -- BorgWarner's advanced technologies drive all five vehicles in the Green Car Journal's Top 5 for 2009(TM), including the BMW 335d, Ford Fusion Hybrid, Saturn Vue 2 Mode Hybrid, smart fortwo and Volkswagen Jetta TDI. These five notable automobiles will compete for the title of 2009 Green Car of the Year, to be announced on November 20 at the LA Auto Show.

BorgWarner's regulated 2-stage (R2S(R)) and variable turbine geometry (VTG(TM)) turbochargers; pressure sensor glow plugs; Instant Start Systems; HY-VO(R) chains and timing drives; DualTronic(R) clutch and control modules; and traditional transmission components are some of the technologies featured on these distinguished vehicles.

"In their quest to build environmentally friendly vehicles, automakers are exploring a variety of technologies, from clean diesels to small gasoline-powered engines to hybrids," said Tim Manganello, BorgWarner Chairman and CEO. "BorgWarner's leading technologies help all of these powertrains enjoy the benefits of reduced engine size, lower emissions, increased fuel economy and improved performance, providing consumers with the best of all worlds."

Nominees for Green Car of the Year must exhibit characteristics that substantially raise the bar in environmental performance, be in production by January 1 of the award year, and submit to a test drive by Green Car Journal's editors. Vehicles using all types of technologies, fuels, and powerplants are eligible.

The 2009 Green Car of the Year will be selected by an 11-member panel of automotive and environmental experts, including Carl Pope, executive director of the Sierra Club; Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council; Jean-Michel Cousteau, president of the Ocean Futures Society; auto enthusiast and "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno; automotive icon Carroll Shelby; and four Green Car Journal editors.

Auburn Hills, Michigan-based BorgWarner Inc. is a product leader in highly engineered components and systems for vehicle powertrain applications worldwide. The FORTUNE 500 company operates manufacturing and technical facilities in 64 locations in 17 countries. Customers include VW/Audi, Ford, Toyota, Renault/Nissan, General Motors, Hyundai/Kia, Daimler, Chrysler, Fiat, BMW, Honda, John Deere, PSA, and MAN. The Internet address for BorgWarner is: http://www.borgwarner.com/.