AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Oct. 24 / / - BorgWarner's
(NYSE: BWA) leading dual-clutch transmission technology is showcased at the
Tokyo Auto Show on the 2008 Nissan GT-R sports car, dubbed the most eagerly
anticipated car in a generation by the automotive press.
"The Nissan GT-R is a great driving machine and one that is a superb
platform for experiencing the full range of dual-clutch transmission
efficiency, responsiveness, and versatility," said Dr. Bernd Matthes,
President and General Manager, BorgWarner Transmission Systems. "We feel
privileged to have worked with Nissan on this milestone vehicle, the first
GT-R engineered for sale in global markets. This is another key event in the
globalization of dual-clutch transmissions, launching BorgWarner's
DualTronic(R) technology in a Japanese transmission for the first time. It is
also the world's first transaxle dual-clutch transmission - front engine and
rear transmission - the perfect balance for sports cars."
BorgWarner worked with Nissan on the design of the dual-clutch
transmission for the GT-R to create a driving experience fitting for a premier
sports car. Standard equipment on all GT-Rs, the transmission is a rear
transaxle layout, chosen to enhance weight distribution. The transmission
features four of BorgWarner's advanced DualTronic(R) transmission technologies
including the integrated dual-clutch module, clutch control and shift
actuation modules, and synchronizer assemblies. The sports car will go on
sale in Japan in December and be available in other markets including the U.S.
BorgWarner leads the globalization of dual-clutch transmission technology
with awarded business in Europe, North America and Asia. Customers include
VW, Audi, Bugatti, SAIC, Nissan and Getrag dual-clutch transmission programs
with five additional global automakers. At full-launch of announced programs,
the company will be providing its innovative DualTronic(R) technology to an
expected 2.3 million dual-clutch transmissions per year. In addition,
BorgWarner is working on over 20 programs with transmission and vehicle makers
around the world.
BorgWarner's family of DualTronic(R) dual-clutch transmission technology
combines the efficiency of a manual gearbox with the functionality of a fully
automatic transmission, delivering seamless powerflow, improved fuel
efficiency, and a fun-to-drive experience. Global manufacturing capacity for
BorgWarner dual-clutch transmission modules is supported by its facilities in
the United States, Germany France and China, and a new facility in Mexico.
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, General Motors, Toyota, Hyundai/Kia, Daimler, Renault/Nissan,
Chrysler, Navistar International, Fiat, BMW, Honda, PSA and Caterpillar. The
Internet address for BorgWarner is: www.borgwarner.com.
SOURCE BorgWarner Inc.
/CONTACT: Mary Brevard, +1-248-754-0881, or David Peterson,
+1-248-754-0883, both of BorgWarner Inc./
/Web site: www.borgwarner.com /
CO: BorgWarner Inc.; Nissan
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