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VC-Turbo named to ‘Wards 10 Best Engines & Propulsion Systems’ list

Nissan Altima sedan’s 2.0-liter VC-Turbo engine earns top industry award
2020  Nissan Altima

The VC-Turbo engine offers any compression ratio between 8:1 (for high performance, left in red) and 14:1 (for high efficiency, right in blue). As a result, the engine capacity varies between 1,997 cc and 1,970 cc.

DETROIT – Delivering the power of a V6 and the fuel efficiency of a four-cylinder1, Nissan Altima's 2.0-liter VC-Turbo™ engine is named to "Wards 10 Best Engines & Propulsion Systems" list for 2020. The team behind the innovative powertrain will be recognized at a private industry event in Detroit on January 16, 2020.

Nissan's turbocharged four-cylinder variable-compression engine leverages an industry-first production technology to achieve its goals of offering high levels of power and efficiency from the same powerplant. Monitoring driver inputs several times per second, the engine adjusts the compression ratio from 8:1 to 14:1 as needed, optimizing power and efficiency.

The range in capability is derived using a multi-link system that adjusts the length of the piston's stroke, while adjusting the engine's compression ratio on the fly. When the driver demands power, an internal actuator reduces the throw of the connecting rods allowing compression to drop, while tapping the turbocharger for maximum output. Conversely, during highway cruising and other low-power needs, the engine automatically adjusts to a higher compression ratio, offering a significantly higher level of efficiency.

"Offering our best technologies on top-selling models is a priority. We purposely debuted this technology on Altima, which can be had for less than $30,000 when equipped with the VC-Turbo engine," said Chris Reed, senior vice president, research and development, Nissan Technical Center North America (NTCNA). "We've worked for years perfecting this innovation and are extremely proud to be recognized by Wards as one of its 10 Best Engines & Propulsion Systems for 2020."

Read the complete release here.



Jeff Wandell
Nissan Car & EV Communications

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1. CITY, HIGHWAY and COMBINED: 2020 EPA Fuel Economy based on regular fuel: Altima 2.5-liter S, SV, SL: 28/39/32 mpg FWD; 26/36/30 mpg AWD; Altima 2.5-liter SR, Platinum: 27/37/31 mpg FWD; 25/35/29mpg AWD; Altima 2.0-liter FWD 25/34/29 mpg. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions – use for comparison only.