FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. April 9, 2014; Robert Bosch LLC was awarded a 2014 Automotive News PACE(Premier Automotive Suppliers Contribution to Excellence) Award on Monday. The company earned recognition for its laser-drilling technology for spray enhancements in gasoline direct injection in the Product category.

"Bosch is honored to be recognized as a PACE Award winner and truly values this significant accomplishment," said Mike Mansuetti, president, Robert Bosch LLC. "As an automotive innovation leader, Bosch understands the critical importance of achieving new vehicle standards and meeting consumer needs. We strive to create products that enable automakers to easily adapt to changes in the dynamic automotive landscape, and we have a great team of associates who value their customer relationships."

HDEV5 Gasoline Direct-Injection Fuel Injectors With Laser-Drilled Spray Holes

To assist the automotive industry in complying with upcoming emission standards, Bosch developed laser-drilled spray holes as a performance enhancement to its HDEV5 gasoline direct-injection fuel injectors. Bosch's latest injector offers enhanced spray quality and unprecedented levels of spray pattern flexibility. It provides automakers with the precision and customization needed for engines to meet strict emissions requirements by improving fuel atomization and reducing spray penetration. Bosch's laser-drilling process, called ultra-short-pulse laser drilling, enables a new level of spray shape flexibility, allowing automakers to efficiently manufacture different hole diameters and shapes in one nozzle. This innovative product was first launched on the 2012 Audi A3 and in total has been launched with nine customers on 14 projects globally.

In addition to this winning entry, one of Bosch's other technologies; NextGen Open-Source Infotainment System ; was named a finalist in the Information Technology category, as previously announced last fall.

NextGen; An Open-Source Infotainment System

Consumers have come to expect infotainment systems to deliver a smartphone-like experience and easy integration of their favorite apps in order to interact with the technology in a way that best suits them. Bosch developed the NextGen Open-Source Infotainment System software to support automakers in delivering in-vehicle infotainment systems that meet consumer demands with high functionality and easy integration of their mobile devices in a practical way.

In addition, automakers are looking to provide new, cost-effective infotainment systems as quickly as possible to improve the functionality of consumer electronics in the vehicle. Using a Linux-based operating system, Bosch's NextGen Open-Source infotainment system is a high-performance, cost-effective solution with reduced development time. The system is featured on the 2013 Cadillac SRX, XTS and ATS.

"Bosch is committed to developing products that are Invented for life and aims to shape technologies to meet consumer and automaker needs," added Mansuetti. "We work to find innovative solutions to industry issues and create forward-looking technology to better the lives of consumers everywhere."

Since the PACE Awards inception in 1995, Bosch has received seven awards. The first honor, presented for the use of post-consumer recycled material, was given in 1997.

Automotive News PACE Awards

The PACE Awards are sponsored by Automotive News, EY, Transportation Research Center Inc., SAE International and the Original Equipment Suppliers Association. Established in 1994, the PACE Awards honor automotive industry suppliers who embrace innovation or adapt and reinvent themselves to adjust to the constantly rising performance expectations of automakers as well as consumers.

This year's PACE Awards took place on April 7, 2014, at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit. For more information about the PACE Awards, visit www.paceaward.com.

About Bosch:

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. According to preliminary figures, its roughly 281,000 associates generated sales of 46.4 billion euros ($61.6 billion) in 2013*. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 350 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Automotive Technology, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2013, Bosch applied for some 5,000 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group's products and services are designed to fascinate, and to improve the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial. In this way, the company offers technology worldwide that is €œInvented for life. Additional information on the global organization is available online at www.bosch.com, www.bosch-press.com, and http://twitter.com/BoschPresse.

In the U.S., Canada and Mexico, the Bosch Group manufactures and markets automotive original equipment and aftermarket products, industrial drives and control technology, power tools, security and communication systems, packaging technology, thermotechnology, household appliances, healthcare telemedicine and software solutions. For more information, please visit www.boschusa.com, www.bosch.com.mx and www.bosch.ca.

*Due to a change in legal rules governing consolidation, 2013 figures can only be compared to a limited extent with 2012 figures. Exchange rate: 1 EUR = $1.32812