Five years ago, General Motors wasn’t quite in the business of selling turbocharged vehicles. Today, that’s an opposite in an utmost manner.
Automakers have turned to turbocharging to meet increasing fuel economy standards without sacrificing performance found in traditional V6 engines. GM has expanded turbochargers to multiple segments and sold 712,000 vehicles equipped with the form of forced induction. 23 percent of U.S. sales are of turbocharged vehicles, according to Automotive News.
“Turbocharging is really an important technology,” Dan Nicholson, GM vice president of global propulsion systems, told Automotive News. “It’s enabling smaller, really smaller engines, without sacrificing peak power or peak torque.”
The question is this: will we see GM follow in other automakers’ footsteps by turbocharging some of its largest offerings? GM’s full-size trucks and SUVs are exclusively naturally aspirated—for now.
Nicholson said GM will “continue to look at customer acceptance” and apply turbos “segment by segment.”