• Nov 26th 2007 at 8:34AM
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The Swedish engineers at Haldex can finally add an Asian automaker to the ever-expanding list of companies using the firm's all-wheel-drive systems. Haldex currently supplies systems to the entire Volkswagen consortium (from Audi to Bugatti), as well as Land Rover and Volvo. Additionally, the Haldex XWD system that's finding its way into Saabs will likely spread across much of the GM range in the future. That same AWD setup is the basis for a system that will be employed on some Hyundai models in the coming years.

Haldex announced the partnership late last week when it received a prototype order from Hyundai, which includes the development and installation of the fourth generation "Limited Slip Coupling" and electronic LSD. The XWD system has the ability to sense a loss of traction and then distribute power to either the front or rear axle and on to an individual wheel.

There's no word on what vehicle will be used as a drivetrain guinea pig during testing, but the smart money is on some form of SUV or large sedan.

[Source: Trading Markets]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      "There's no word on what vehicle will be used as a drivetrain guinea pig during testing, but the smart money is on some form of SUV or large sedan."

      Boo to that! AWD V6 Sonata FTW!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Seriously. An AWD sport-tuned Sonata would be MINE.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If you look at the Wiki page for Haldex, there's a sidenote way at the bottom saying that Mazda does not use Haldex systems.

      As for Toyota using Haldex? I don't think Toyota has ever used Haldex before in passenger vehicles. But I do know that Haldex does use a Toyota program/system/philosophy for their business philosophy. (mentioned here somewhere: http://www.haldex.com/en/Corporate_Governance/Annual_General_Meeting/2007/CEO_presentation/ )
      • 7 Years Ago
      I thought Toyota and Mazda use Haldex AWD.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Does this mean the end of the Hyundai - Borg-Warner relationship?

      I was never really impressed with the part time system on my Tucson until this weekend, when it worked miracles on low-traction surfaces. Hopefully the Haldex system will be better and shed some pounds.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I am proud to see Hyundai continue to travel in the right direction. I can't wait to see and drive their future products.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Mazda doesnt count as a japanese auto maker? The Mazda6, CX7, and CX9 use a Haldex system.
      • 7 Years Ago
      How about Ford?
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