With looming emissions standards pushing many of the world's automakers to turbocharging, Nissan is once again considering forced induction for some of its more mainstream engines
he Japanese automaker has a long history of turbo engines, but currently only produces them in limited numbers. Tetsuya Takahashi, a member of Nissan's Powertrain Engineering Division, revealed that the Japanese automaker is seriously mulling turbocharged engines for its next crop of vehicles. Several automakers - such as Ford, General Motors and BMW - have already made the switch to turbo engines to increase fuel economy and reduce overall emissions.
Although Nissan currently produces a few turbo diesels as well as the twin-turbo V6 found in the GT-R, Nissan would likely lean heavily on Renault - Nissan's parent company - for its future turbo applications. Renault has already made the commitment to smaller, turbocharged engines to uphold performance while decreasing emissions. However, Nissan could apply turbo technology to some of its current engine offerings, including its legendary VQ V6.
That being said, Nissan has yet to give the green light to the new-age turbo project. Although turbos can help reduce an engine's overall emissions, they can promote greater fuel consumption when tuned for performance. But with the entire industry seemingly moving towards forced induction, Nissan will eventually have to get back on the band wagon.