BorgWarner has signed a contract to establish a joint venture with China Automobile Development United Investment Co., Ltd. (CDUI), a company owned by 12 leading Chinese automakers including FAW, SAIC, Dongfeng, Chery, ChangAn, Brilliance, Guangzhu, Changfeng, JAC, Geely, Polarsun and Great Wall Motor.
Known as BorgWarner United Transmission Systems Co., Ltd., the joint venture will be located in Dalian, China, and will produce various dual clutch transmission modules beginning in 2011. BorgWarner holds a 66% majority ownership in the joint venture.
Since BorgWarner’s DualTronic technology is based on a manual transmission architecture, it is especially attractive in China, where OEMs have a solid manual transmission infrastructure. The joint venture will allow Chinese OEMs to make the technological leap to dual clutch transmissions quickly and cost effectively. BorgWarner’s modular DualTronic(R) technology can be tuned to meet the full range of vehicles manufactured by its Chinese OEM partners.
BorgWarner’s family of DualTronic technologies combines the efficiency of a manual gearbox with the functionality of a fully automatic transmission, delivering seamless powerflow and improved fuel efficiency. Customers include VW, Audi, Bugatti, SAIC, Nissan and GETRAG PowerShift dual-clutch transmission programs supporting global automakers including BMW, Ford and Mitsubishi.
BorgWarner is currently working on more than 25 programs with transmission and vehicle makers around the world and expects applications of its dual-clutch technology to expand four-fold to 3 million dual-clutch transmissions by 2014.