AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Nov 13, 2006 -- In the first application of BorgWarner's part-time all-wheel drive technology in Thailand, the company's electric shift-on-the-fly transfer case and electronic control unit will be standard on all part-time all-wheel drive versions of AutoAlliance Thailand Ford New Ranger and Everest automatic transmission- equipped vehicles.
Beginning with the 2007 model year, the vehicles using the BorgWarner all- wheel drive system will be assembled at the Auto Alliance facility in Thailand and shipped to more than 25 markets worldwide. AutoAlliance Thailand is a joint venture between Ford and Mazda that was formed in 1993 to serve the international vehicle market.
"The success of this launch is a result of effective collaboration between BorgWarner TorqTransfer Systems facilities and resources in the United States, Korea, Japan, and India, where the product is manufactured at our Indian joint venture, Divgi Warner," said Cindy Niekamp, BorgWarner TorqTransfer Systems President and General Manager. "Thailand is the world's second-largest market for pick-up trucks, which makes this business a very important addition to our expansion in Asia. In conjunction with our joint venture partners, BorgWarner is already the leading independent manufacturer of transfer cases in India and China."
BorgWarner's electric shift-on-the-fly technology contributes to a seamless transition to four-wheel drive, even when the vehicle is moving. It is one of the many rear-wheel drive/all-wheel drive technologies in BorgWarner's portfolio of full-time, part-time and on-demand systems. BorgWarner TorqTransfer Systems is a leading independent global designer and producer of torque management devices for all-wheel drive cars, SUVs and light trucks.
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 63 locations in 18 countries. Customers include Ford, VW/Audi, DaimlerChrysler, General Motors, Toyota, Renault/Nissan, Hyundai/Kia, Honda, BMW, Caterpillar, Navistar International, and Peugeot. The Internet address for BorgWarner is: www.borgwarner.com .
SOURCE BorgWarner Inc.
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