Innovation at auto suppliers is enjoying a renaissance as automakers rely on suppliers to control costs, improve fuel economy and boost quality.
Here are summaries of 32 finalists and 14 winners of the 2012 Automotive News PACE Awards, which honor commercialized innovations in products, processes and information technology.
BorgWarner TorqTransfer Systems
What: Centrifugal electrohydraulic actuator for all-wheel drive
Innovation: The device uses an electric motor drive pump and a centrifugal pressure regulator to control the hydraulic pressure to an all-wheel-drive clutch. By eliminating a standard system’s accumulator, electronic solenoid control valve and pressure sensor, the actuator is less complex and more compact. The result: a less expensive actuator that is 20 percent lighter.
First customer: Volvo Car Corp. platform for S60, V60, S80, XC60 and XC90; May 2012