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Old 11-06-2007, 03:00 PM   #1
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DETROIT If you're a fan of the wonderful new dual-clutch automated-manual transmissions, the future looks bright. Borg Warner Inc., developer of VW's universally acclaimed DSG (and dubbed S tronic when used by VW's Audi division) gearbox, says it expects production of its dual-clutch transmission modules to increase 500 percent over the next six years.

You can expect to see dual-clutch transmissions with the same functionality that has made VW's DSG (and S tronic) an enthusiast favorite in vehicles coming from five more automakers in addition to the VW, Audi, Nissan, Bugatti and SAIC models already using Borg Warner's patented DualTronic technology. Chrysler LLC, for one, will be using Borg Warner's components for the dual-clutch transmissions it plans to produce in the U.S. in cooperation with Germany's Getrag Group starting in 2009.

At full-launch of announced programs under contract in 2012-'13, Borg Warner says it will be providing DualTronic technology to an expected 2.3 million dual-clutch transmissions per year. Currently, fewer than 450,000 dual-clutch transmissions are produced each year all with Borg Warner modules but the company is working on more than 20 programs with transmission and vehicle makers around the world.

The use of the dual-clutch transmission for the 2009 Nissan GT-R marks the first application of the technology to a rear-mounted transaxle (front engine and transmission at the rear) layout.

The GT-R's six-speed transmission features four of Borg Warner's DualTronic technologies, says the company, including the integrated dual-clutch module, clutch-control and shift-actuation modules, and synchronizer assemblies. The GT-R will go on sale in Japan next month and be available in other markets including the U.S. next year.

Borg Warner also told the investment community this week it currently is negotiating with a number of Chinese automakers who are interested in dual-clutch transmissions. And despite the fact that today's dual-clutch technology is far from inexpensive, the company says it is developing next-generation dual-clutch transmissions for low-cost vehicles in emerging markets.

What this means to you: With dual-clutch technology rapidly spreading beyond the Volkswagen Group, you'll be able to get this excellent transmission choice from a wide range of different automakers.

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Old 11-06-2007, 04:31 PM   #2
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wow I'm glad to hear this.
the ONLY reason I want a GTI is because you get that tranny!
I hope subaru works with them and not try to make their own!
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