Magna joint venture begins production of dual-clutch transmissions in China
May 2, 2016 by Manufacturing AUTOMATION
May 2, 2016 – Magna International says Dongfeng GETRAG Transmission Co., Ltd., a 50/50 joint-venture formed in 2012 between GETRAG and Dongfeng Motor Group, has started serial production at its plant in Wuhan, China. The plant is manufacturing the GETRAG 6DCT150, a third-generation dual-clutch transmission (DCT) with a new compact gear design that was developed jointly by the JV partners.
The 6DCT150 is a six-speed DCT developed for front-transverse applications in small and compact cars. With six forward gears, one reverse gear and a wet clutch, the company says the automatic transmission addresses market demands in China for a smaller, lower weight system. In addition, the transmission could contribute to a favourable fleet fuel-consumption rating as well as lower fuel costs for individual vehicle purchasers. Another DCT family member, the GETRAG 6DCT200 will also be brought to the China car market in 2017.
“Compared to automatic torque converters and CVTs in the low-cost segment, the GETRAG low-torque DCTs can achieve a fuel-consumption advantage of 10 to 20 per cent,” said Didier Lexa, GETRAG chief technical officer. “It can also achieve a fuel-consumption advantage of 5 percent compared to a five-speed manual transmission. The GETRAG low-torque DCTs can therefore provide an efficient and affordable automatic transmission to lower-priced vehicles.”
Dongfeng GETRAG Transmission Co., Ltd. is one of two GETRAG engineering and manufacturing joint ventures in China. “The Chinese car market is important to us. The joint development of 6DCT150 and 6DCT200 together with Dongfeng shows that we take this market and its requirements very seriously,” said YoungHo Lee, GETRAG Asia Pacific CEO. “We believe that economic growth, automation and climate change will drive the developments in our industry. These new products can help us to get a better position to realize future opportunities.