BorgWarner has announced that it has been awarded another new program with a European customer for its DualTronic transmission technology.
The program, which is expected to start production in late 2007, is for volume vehicles in the mid-, upper and luxury passenger car segments, using V6, V8, and V10 diesel and gasoline engines, the company said.
BorgWarner announced two other new European DualTronic programs in August.
BorgWarner DualTronic is a wet-clutch and control- system technology for automated transmissions. It enables a conventional manual gearbox to function as a fully automatic transmission while delivering emissions and fuel economy improvements of up to 15 percent over traditional automatics, depending on the application, BorgWarner says.
The technology also eliminates the “torque-interrupt” feeling that occurs when a manual or automated manual transmission shifts gears, enabling smooth, yet sporty, fun-to-drive vehicle performance, the company claims.
BorgWarner expects the demand for this technology to grow to 20 percent of the European passenger car market by 2015.
DualTronic technology is currently available on a range of VW and Audi vehicles, including the VW Golf R32; the Audi TT; the diesel and turbocharged direct-injected gasoline engine versions of the VW Golf; the VW Touran; the VW Passat; the VW Jetta; the Audi A3 Sportback; the Skoda Octavia; and the Seat Altea, Toledo and Leon.