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Inside the new ‘green’ Silao: VW EA888 Gen3 production in

A VW technician surveys the EA888 line at the new $500M Silao, engine plant.

VW’s new modular engine family flexible architecture. It is designed for efficiency and emissions performance.

President Enrique Pena and VW Chairman Martin Winterkorn the new plant.

The U.S. configuration of EA888 engine initially be simple but will receive improvements over time.

The 1.8 TSI in the new Passat Performance Concept car 250 hp (184 kW).

When President Enrique Pena pushed the big red button starting at Volkswagen ‘s new $500 engine plant in Silao month, he launched the latest of VW Group’s strategy to pass as the world’s biggest automaker.

The new VW’s 100th manufacturing worldwide, is part of the company’s to invest $5 billion in the North auto market during the few years. It’s key to placing capabilities close to where VW to sell more vehicles, VW Martin Winterkorn said the opening ceremony.

“Silao is thus also a symbol of our uninterrupted growth and the Group’s continuing internationalization,” he the large assembled audience. distribution of manufacturing assets lets the automaker avoid exchange risks.

Operating on a schedule, the new Silao factory have capacity to build engines per year—1.8- and 2.0-L from VW’s third-generation family—once it fully ramps up to speed. The facility brings 700 low-wage but sorely needed for the region.

VW said it is also building its latest four-cylinder engines, also part of the family, in the huge Silao but a decision has not been finalized. The and diesel EA888 engines more than 50% of their

LEED Gold rating

amid the parched and job-thirsty Altiplano, the new plant appears as austere as the nearby rocky But inside the white walls of the factory stretch long of the most modern machining that German industry has to for casting and forging cylinder heads, crankshafts, connecting as well as assembling and testing the product.

And despite its looming size, the “inland-port” facility has been to the LEED Gold Standard of the Green Building Council. Manuel Andrade, assembly supervisor at Silao. “We’re toward Platinum now,” he AEI during a plant tour.


The is replete with sustainability including energy-efficient light throughout that are augmented in with natural light streams through rooftop which diffuse incoming while blocking out its heat.

The also incorporates an integrated management system that rainwater in nearby ponds for use, then filters it adjacent marshes of buffalo as well as an associated reforestation

Launching the Gen3 Triple

The new Silao factory will improved-performance turbocharged 1.8- and TSI gasoline engines slated for U.S.-spec Jettas, Beetles, and Passats, said Michael Project Manager at VW of Mexico The 1.8 TSI replaces VW’s 2.5-L unit later this

VW’s EA288 Gen3, or EA888 (Triple-Eight), is one of three new families (including the EA211 and MDB) created primarily to lower CO 2 emissions. The flexible could manufacture the EA211 and MDB engines as well.

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The Triple-Eights engineered to share 90% of their Tille said. They be shipped by rail or truck to the long-running Puerta car plant 300 mi km) away, as well as to VW’s TN, assembly plant 1700 mi km) to the north.

In the past, VW has imported of the engines used in its North built models. The first-generation of the Triple Eight powers versions of the Jetta GLI and Golf The new 1.8-L TSI has been in use in the Asian and markets since spring

1.8-L Triple-Eight

The 1.8-L TSI is at 168 hp (125 kW) and 184 lb·ft (250 each a moderate improvement the previous five-cylinder (170/177), but the new will feature improved efficiency and exhaust emissions, indicated. It will be matched a 5-speed manual or 6-speed transmission.

Of particular interest to VW enthusiasts is the 1.8 TSI engine in the “Passat Concept” displayed at last North American International Show. The show car engine 250 hp (184 kW), providing evidence of the base engine’s for tuning for high output.

said that the new modular-design is lighter than previous generates less internal and features an integrated exhaust that keeps the coolant in the to more rapidly warm up the engine and passenger cabin. The manifold reportedly can reduce gas temperatures by as much as 160ºC before the gases enter the The engine uses Lanchester-type shafts to provide smooth, running, he said.

The minimum wall thickness in the (33 kg) cast-iron block is 3 mm (0.1 in) in areas, which saves 2.4 kg lb), Tille said, that competitors’ minimum wall thickness is nearly that figure. The VW project cited advanced casting that ensure good of the molten iron into the “resulting in zero voids, and no segregation.”

Tille also out a lightweight bracket for auxiliaries cuts almost a half and other lightweighting components as a plastic lower oil pan, a with four counterweights, and screws.

2.0-L Triple

The Silao plant will produce 2.0-L turbocharged gasoline engines for the Jetta GLI and Turbo. Although claimed (210 hp/155 kW) and torque remain the same as the current fuel economy will substantially, he reported.

Other VW models that use the turbo engine are built in the Hungary, facility. (Factories in and Shanghai in China produce for VW markets.) Several versions of iron-block four exist, in transverse and longitudinal orientations, but are all similar.

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