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Bosch garners award from automotive journalists Hydraulic hybrid is “Engine of the Year” Bosch also receives Automotive Interiors Expo Award for 315 CN radio navigation system

  • Hydraulic hybrid is innovative alternative powertrain
  • Bosch is first supplier to receive Engine of the Year award
  • Bosch continues to drive forward automotive technology
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  • June 06, 2013
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Bosch has won the international Engine of the Year award for its hydraulic hybrid. This powertrain complements a classic internal-combustion engine with hydraulic elements and a pressure accumulator filled with nitrogen. Frank Linkenheil, one of the two project leaders at Bosch, says: “Thanks to the hydraulic hybrid, alternative powertrains are one alternative richer. We are very proud to be the first supplier to win this award.” The award is presented annually by the organization UKIP Media and Events. The decision for Bosch was mainly due to the opinions of 78 leading automotive journalists from 36 countries. This was the first year that suppliers were eligible for a new category of the Engine of the Year award. Dean Slavinch, one of the initiators of the award, praised the hydraulic hybrid as the outstanding technical innovation of the past 12 months.

This innovative powertrain, which Bosch is developing in collaboration with PSA Peugeot Citroën, is the world’s first hydraulic hybrid with a pneumatic pressure accumulator. This can be rapidly charged, which means it can use surplus kinetic energy very efficiently when braking. Using this powertrain in city traffic can reduce fuel consumption by up to 45 percent. In other words, the hydraulic hybrid can significantly reduce the CO2 emissions of compact cars. The system is also suitable for other passenger-car classes, as well as for inner-city delivery vans that have to stop and restart a lot.

Bosch radio navigation system for China developed in record time
As well as the international Engine of the Year award, Bosch received the Automotive Interiors Expo Award for the 315 CN radio navigation system (RNS). Well known design journalists played a major role in deciding who would receive this award. Bosch produces the radio navigation system for Volkswagen vehicles that are sold in China. For this reason, it was tailored specifically to the requirements of Chinese customers. For example, they especially want to have a large screen. Accordingly, the cost-effective entry-level RNS 315 CN has a 6.5-inch display – about the same size as a small tablet PC. It was developed in a breathtakingly short time. It took just one-and-a-half years from the first idea to first delivery, and this despite having to program in more than 25,000 Chinese characters. Moreover, the device’s search algorithms were optimized to allow millions of points of interest throughout China to be browsed very quickly.

Robert Bosch GmbH will continue to drive forward technological developments in the automobile. As well as continuously improving internal-combustion engines and supplying innovative powertrains such as the hydraulic hybrid, the supplier is working on alternative powertrains for electric vehicles and efficient auxiliary units. Bosch engineers are focused equally on automated driving and on sophisticated multimedia solutions and user-friendly interfaces.

Mobility Solutions is the largest Bosch Group business sector. In 2015, its sales came to 41.7 billion euros, or 59 percent of total group sales. This makes the Bosch Group one of the leading automotive suppliers. The Mobility Solutions business sector combines the group’s expertise in three mobility domains – automation, electrification, and connectivity – and offers its customers integrated mobility solutions. Its main areas of activity are injection technology and powertrain peripherals for internal-combustion engines, diverse solutions for powertrain electrification, vehicle safety systems, driver-assistance and automated functions, technology for user-friendly infotainment as well as vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication, repair-shop concepts, and technology and services for the automotive aftermarket. Bosch is synonymous with important automotive innovations, such as electronic engine management, the ESP anti-skid system, and common-rail diesel technology.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 375,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2015). The company generated sales of 70.6 billion euros in 2015. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing and sales network covers some 150 countries. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs 55,800 associates in research and development at 118 locations across the globe. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”

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