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Dual-clutch technology expected to be preferred transmission, one study reports

Thursday, March 12, 2009 - 00:00

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During the seventh International Car Training Institute (CTI) Symposium for Innovative Automotive Transmissions in Berlin, more than 40 percent of participants responding to an on-site survey predicted dual-clutch technology will be the leading transmission by the year 2020.

Other transmission technologies, including conventional step-ratio automatic, continuously variable, manual/automated manual and completely new systems only rated 10 percent to 15 percent each among participants. Approximately 1,000 transmission experts from around the world participated in the symposium.

Worldwide, BorgWarner projects production of dual-clutch transmissions to grow an average of 42 percent year-over-year, from approximately 600,000 transmissions in 2008 to five million in 2014. BorgWarner also expects to supply DualTronic® controls technology, dual-clutch technology or both in over 80 percent of the dual-clutch transmissions produced worldwide in the next six years.

Organized by Germany's Car Training Institute, the symposium gathered transmission experts from Europe, Asia and the United States to discuss how new vehicle and drive concepts, increasing energy costs and consumer purchasing power will influence transmission development. Several technical presentations focused on dual-clutch transmissions, including presentations from BorgWarner, Audi, BMW and Getrag. About 90 exhibitors presented the latest developments at the accompanying trade exhibition.

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