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BorgWarner In Joint Venture with 12 Chinese OEMs to Produce Dual Clutch Transmission Modules

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.

Comments

Paul

Sounds redundant before they've even built the factory.

A semi auto manual transmission may have slightly lower losses than an torque converter driven automatic gearbox but it's still a hugely inefficient way to transmit power to the wheels.

The future is EVs and even the most basic EV has a simple single speed gearbox that has no rrequirment for multi speed selection or a clutch. The future is wheel motors not dual cluch manual gearboxes.

Stan Peterson

@Paul,

That is simply not so.

Because the primitive, early implementations of hybrid HEVs use a simple planetary gear set that does not mean much. Nor that it has achieved the best theoretical efficiency.

Probably unknown to you, but the original "Tin Lizzy", the Ford Model T, had a single planetary gear box. Not any car today does, other than early HEVs.

GM purposely adapted the first Dual-mode hybrid drive implementation for heavy duty trucks and SUVS. Since there was more to be gained in fuel savings, and CAFE credits by upgrading these vehicles first, rather than smaller ones.

But it was always the plan to develop a smaller, lighter, Dual-mode version suitable for smaller cars, in both FWD and RWD versions.

These implementations will start to show up in 2010 or 2011 and even possibly sooner.

Think. Up to now all HEVs are for vehicles "C" segment or smaller. What do you do with "CD" segment and "D" segment cars and also minivans, and crossovers? EREV may not scale up with present batteries.

That would require utilizing HEVs or partial PHEVs using parallel/series architecture. The reduced size, Dual-mode drive is probably just what the doctor ordered, for the Cadillac STS, DTS, and Buick Lucerne, LaCrosse, and Regal; and Chrysler Minivans, and Mercedes S Class and BMW 7 Series members of the Joint venture.

Just because they haven't been announced, does not mean they are not coming.

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