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BorgWarner All-Wheel-Drive System Enhances Performance and Fuel Economy on the New 2009 Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., July 1 -- The Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger will offer BorgWarner's new InterActive Torque Management® Transfer Case (ITM® tc) all-wheel-drive (AWD) technology as optional equipment for the 2009 model year. ITM® tc offers enhanced response and controllability with reduced noise, vibration and harness (NVH) in a compact, efficient design. According to recent Chrysler LLC statements, the system is the first active "on-demand" transfer case to be coupled with an "on-demand" front-axle disconnect feature, providing all-wheel-drive vehicles with improved fuel economy comparable to that of two-wheel-drive systems.

The ITM® tc implements BorgWarner's advanced software, designed to work in cooperation with other vehicle systems, and enables the integration of the all-new front-axle disconnect logic. The disconnect logic allows the system to seamlessly switch between rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive automatically, based on an innovative control strategy.

"We are proud of our collaborative efforts with Chrysler LLC to launch this new all-wheel-drive system that helps improve fuel economy," said Tim Manganello, BorgWarner Chairman and CEO. "As a global leader in all-wheel-drive technology, we are pleased to provide the next generation of Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger drivers with the enhanced vehicle performance, safety and fuel economy that they are seeking in their all-wheel-drive vehicles."

The 2009 Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger all-wheel-drive models employ the latest generation of interactive transfer case technology available as part of BorgWarner's Torque-on-Demand® product portfolio. BorgWarner's portfolio consists of a full line of active torque management devices focused on the needs of the expanding all-wheel-drive market. In addition to providing transfer case hardware, BorgWarner also supplies the software controls for vehicle level integration. These capabilities are core competencies of BorgWarner and provide automakers like Chrysler LLC with outstanding vehicle performance by optimizing all-wheel-drive system hardware and software controls.

Auburn Hills, Michigan-based BorgWarner Inc. (NYSE: BWA) is a product leader in highly engineered components and systems for vehicle powertrain applications worldwide. The FORTUNE 500 company operates manufacturing and technical facilities in 64 locations in 17 countries. Customers include VW/Audi, Ford, Toyota, Renault/Nissan, General Motors, Hyundai/Kia, Daimler, Chrysler LLC, Fiat, BMW, Honda, John Deere, PSA, and MAN. The Internet address for BorgWarner is: .

SOURCE BorgWarner Inc.

CONTACT: Mary Brevard, +1-248-754-0881, or Erika Nielsen,
+1-248-754-0422, both of BorgWarner Inc.

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