BorgWarner has announced they expect production of dual-clutch transmission modules to increase 500% over the next six years.
At full-launch of announced programs under contract in 2012-2013, the company will be providing its DualTronic technology to an expected 2.3 million dual-clutch transmissions per year.
Fewer than 450,000 dual-clutch transmissions a year are produced today.
This dramatic growth will be driven by BorgWarner’s first-to-market position in dual-clutch transmission technology with awarded business from transmission and vehicle makers around the world.
These include programs with VW, Audi, Bugatti, SAIC, to name a few.
“BorgWarner’s introduction of dual-clutch transmission technology into the growing automatic transmission market has provided automakers worldwide with opportunities for tangible fuel economy enhancements, emissions reductions and performance benefits,” said Dr. Bernd Matthes, president and general manager, BorgWarner Transmission Systems.
“With legislation driving issues like fuel economy and emissions reduction, and consumers looking for performance and drivability enhancement, the demand for dual-clutch transmissions is increasing.”
The clutch and transmission control technology enables a conventional, manual gearbox to function as a fully automatic transmission while delivering improved fuel efficiency and a fun-to-drive experience.
Global manufacturing capacity for BorgWarner dual-clutch transmission modules will be supported by expansion of its facilities in Germany and China, and a new facility in Mexico.
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