December 11, 2007

BorgWarner designs new dual-clutch transmission for small cars and developing markets

BorgWarner dual-clutch transmission
BorgWarner dual-clutch transmission. Click image to enlarge

Auburn Hills, Michigan – BorgWarner has announced that its new dual-clutch transmission for small cars and developing markets is in the final stages of development. Working in conjunction with several Asian automakers, BorgWarner will provide patent-pending dual-clutch transmission architecture for fuel efficiency in affordable packaging.

“Drivers in developing markets like China and India are looking for the ease of using an automatic transmission in an affordable vehicle,” said Dr. Bernd Matthes, President and General Manager, BorgWarner. “Up until now, the complexity and cost of automatic transmissions made it impractical to package this option in smaller cars. With BorgWarner’s new design, we can deliver the responsive, fuel-efficient, fun-to-drive characteristics of a dual-clutch transmission in a smaller, more affordable package.”

Matthes said that test results indicate a 13 per cent fuel efficiency improvement, better top-end speed and significant improvement in acceleration over automatic transmissions currently in production. Production is expected within two to three years.

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