VW to adopt torque-based engine nomenclature for Asian markets – Report

Posted on: Dec 11, 2014 - 12:45pm IST

Aims to highlight the capabilities of the TSI engine family.

Speaking to the Malaysian media on the sidelines of the Volkswagen Das Event in Shah Alam, Mr. Armin Keller, MD, VW Group Malaysia, has announced that the company will use a torque-based naming system for engine variants in Asian markets for better differentiation.

VW Passat CC 280 TSI new naming system
The Passat CC will introduce the torque-based nomenclature in Malaysia.

According to the executive, torque is a crucial factor in acceleration, driveability and driving fun, hence a torque-based naming convention would better highlight the capabilities of the TSI family of engines.

For instance, the current India-made Polo’s 1.6-litre MPI petrol and 1.2-litre TSI petrol engines both produce identical power output of 105 PS however, the smaller TSI unit produces higher torque output of 175 Nm as against the bigger MPI unit’s 153 Nm. As per the new system, instead of Polo 1.6 MPI and Polo 1.2 TSI, the revised badges will read Polo 153 MPI and Polo 175 TSI respectively.

2014 VW Polo facelift first drive front view
The new naming convention is expected to be implemented in India as well.

Also read: Audi India introduces new naming with A3 Sedan

VW is expected to implement the revised nomenclature first in Malaysia before bringing it to other major Asian markets like India and China, although no specific time frame has been mentioned. The Passat CC will debut the new 280 TSI badge in Malaysia.

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[Source: Paultan]

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