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60 years of efficiency and driving enjoyment Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing was the first production car to feature Bosch gasoline direct injection

  • “Sports car of the century” featuring pioneering Bosch technology
  • Driving enjoyment and low fuel consumption thanks to direct injection
  • Bosch has produced over 50 million injectors and 10 million high-pressure pumps
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  • April 07, 2014
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Back in the 1950s, Bosch gasoline direct injection played an important role in one of the most famous sports cars of all time. In 1954, the technology was incorporated in the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL, a production car that would later be voted the “sports car of the century” by a panel of automotive journalists. Even at that time, gasoline direct injection was already managing to improve engine performance and fuel efficiency. In the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL, the system was primarily designed to offer agility and power. 60 years later, however, gasoline direct injection no longer stands for just performance, but also for efficiency and low emissions. This was made possible by highly precise manufacturing, sophisticated sensor technology, and advanced electronics which Bosch further refined over decades. Today, gasoline direct injection is economically viable and available for the mass market as a result.

Over 60 years ago, that could not be taken for granted. In its review of the 300 SL, the U.S. magazine Road & Track praised its “performance levels which are up there with – and even an improvement on – the best cars the automotive industry has to offer.”

Gasoline direct injection today: powerful and making strong headway
Today, gasoline direct injection is even available in small cars. More and more automakers are turning to the technology, which has become a key feature of strategies to meet future emissions guidelines. Modern injectors make a major contribution to cutting CO2 emissions and fuel consumption by up to 15 percent. In combination with downsizing or turbocharging, gasoline direct injection offers improved throttle response and enhanced driving dynamics. This is due to a torque increase of up to 50 percent at low engine speeds. Thanks to improved cooling of the combustion chamber, gasoline direct injection enables higher compression by further enhancing engine knock resistance.

Bosch showed it was in for the long haul by continuing to develop its gasoline direct injection technology over a period of decades. A broader market finally emerged when stricter emissions standards were introduced in the early 2000s, and since then sales have gone from strength to strength. In 2011, Bosch celebrated two production milestones when its global manufacturing network reached a total of 25 million fuel injectors and 5 million high-pressure pumps. Just one year later, in 2012, it doubled this achievement to reach 50 million injection valves and 10 million high-pressure pumps. By the end of 2013, these figures had skyrocketed to 80 million and 20 million respectively.

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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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