Gasoline direct injection isn’t a wildly special engineering trait in today’s automobile as the high pressure fueling system is being adopted by more and more manufactures. So when the experts at the New England Motor Press Association (NEMPA) as well as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) recognize one version in particular, you know it has to be good. Winning the 2012 Yankee Cup Technology Award, which is reserved for innovative and truly advanced automotive systems, was Hyundai’s interpretation of direct injection. The system, which is now widely used across the automaker’s lineup, has transformed their offerings into vehicles that are powerful and efficient all while emitting lower emissions than ever before.
“Technology like Hyundai’s DI system is providing Hyundai owners with fuel efficiency rivaling that of hybrids, without the additional expense,” said Craig Fitzgerald, former president of NEMPA. At this time, direct injection is available on seven Hyundai models and most recently, the system has allowed certain cars to catapult to stardom. Before, the 2.0 liter Genesis Coupe was lacking a little something but with the adoption of GDI, the turbocharged base model is rather close to the performance of the top-dog 3.8. With 429 horsepower on tap without any forced induction, the 5.0 liter V8 found under the hood of the Genesis Sedan R-Spec is truly a mechanical wonder and many thanks can be given to direct injection.
“As a member of the MIT community that was involved in coordinating the selection process, I am very happy to see that Hyundai’s implementation of a fuel economy improving technology has earned them this year’s Yankee Technology Cup,” said Bryan Reimer, a Research Scientist in the MIT AgeLab and Associate Director of the New England University Transportation Center.
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