The development of highly efficient and clean powertrains for automotive applications to ensure environmentally friendly and affordable mobility is a mandatory prerequisite for future market success.
Light-Duty Diesel engines, representing the backbone of the low CO2 vehicle portfolio in Western-Europe, are facing new challenges due to changed regulatory boundaries and an altering market environment.
The optimization of base engine architecture to achieve lowered friction and minimized losses represents a substantial field of intensive engineering activities. Additionally, traditional areas of development, such as optimization of the combustion system towards higher efficiency, better comfort and lower engine-out emissions will play a role in the direction of research. And the addition of enlarged capabilities of highly sophisticated exhaust aftertreatment systems to meet stricter tailpipe emission standards will impact research. Finally, more model-based, physical-oriented control algorithms and tailored electrification of sub-systems will impact the mainstream development trends for the next decade.