Honeywell, Hirschvogel help cut CO2 in new VW Golf

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Suppliers played key roles in helping Volkswagen reduce CO2 emissions by an average of about 14 percent across the new Golf's model range. Hirschvogel Holding does its part by providing the rail and injector body for both gasoline and diesel variants. Hirschvogel also supplies the compact model's transmission shaft and wheel hubs. Meanwhile, Honeywell contributes by supplying the turbocharger for the Golf's 1.6-liter diesel engine.

Said Volkswagen Group head of development coordination Ulrich Hackenberg: "We estimate that by virtue of the new Golf fleet -- with CO2 emissions reduced by 13.9 percent on average across the entire engine range -- 119,000 tons less CO2 will be produced annually in Europe alone."

The new Golf is the seventh generation of Volkswagen's best-selling model. The first-generation Golf debuted in 1974. The latest version was unveiled in September 2012. Output is expected to peak in 2013 at slightly under 469,000 units, according to IHS Automotive forecasts.

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