[YesAuto Fresh Technology Interpretation] Founded in the 1920s, Suzuki has been focusing on the design, manufacturing and sales of mini cars, so it enjoys the reputation of “the king of mini cars” in Japan. In 2009, Suzuki unexpectedly announced its alliance with Volkswagen. What is even more unexpected is that two years later, in 2011, the relationship between the two broke down, and the reason for the breakdown of cooperation was again related to Fiat. Since then, Suzuki has once again developed its own turbocharged engine. The 1.0T engine we see today is their result.
In 2009, Volkswagen and Suzuki formed an alliance and signed an agreement, stipulating that Suzuki will receive technical support from Volkswagen such as gasoline-electric hybrid power, and Volkswagen will receive support from Suzuki's manufacturing experience in the field of microcars. At the same time, it purchased 19.9% of Suzuki's shares for 2.5 billion US dollars. Became a shareholder of Suzuki Motor. However, Suzuki and Fiat have had long-term close cooperation before. Launched twin models such as Suzuki SX4 and Fiat Sedici. Therefore, even if Suzuki and Volkswagen announced an alliance, its cooperation with Fiat did not stop. In the end, Volkswagen was annoyed that Suzuki continued to manufacture the small SUV Sedici for Fiat's Hungary branch and produced Fiat diesel engines. As a result, the two companies announced the breakdown of their cooperation two years later. This is one of the backgrounds for Suzuki's own research and development of small-displacement turbocharged engines in the early 20th century.
In order to reduce turbo lag, this engine uses a small inertia turbo provided by IHI. Choosing IHI is also the result of Suzuki's deliberation. The turbines launched by this supplier have always been known for being small and sophisticated. In 1988, the Honda McLaren F1 team created an unprecedented, uncomfortable “heritor” in 16 sub-stations and 15 victories throughout the year-MP4/4 racing car. Engine turbochargers are provided by IHI. In the civil field, the turbochargers for classic models such as Ferrari F40 and Subaru Impreza are all IHI's proud work. Since then, IHI has even introduced a small inertia turbocharger that can be “mastered” with one hand. In addition to its compact size, its turbocharger has the advantages of being easy to “push” and quick to start.
Earlier, we saw that Suzuki’s own 1.4T engine and the disassembled Volkswagen EA211 engine, Honda L15B engine, Ford 1.0T engine, SAIC 1.4T and other engines all adopted the design of cylinder head integrated exhaust manifold. It can be said that the advantage of accelerating warm-up brought by it has been recognized by most manufacturers.
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Six years ago, in 2009, Suzuki and Volkswagen signed an agreement to establish a long-term close strategic partnership. In 2011, 20 months later, the close cooperation between the two companies was announced. Since then, Suzuki seems to have begun a “window period” in the field of small-displacement supercharged engines. For a car company whose main profit is minicars, this obviously makes Suzuki restless. Therefore, Suzuki people began to try to develop a supercharged engine by themselves. At this year's Shanghai Auto Show, we saw the research results of Suzuki, which will be equipped with the 1.4T engine on Vitra and Fengyu in the future. Now, Suzuki has taken out the 1.0T engine, and its purpose is obvious, that is, to “arm” a miniature car like Alto to better face the opponent's “provocation”.