The world of automotive suppliers has gotten a bit smaller as Auburn Hills, MI-based BorgWarner has acquired Haldex. BorgWarner says its acquisition cost $205 million, and that the paperwork should be signed, sealed and delivered in the first quarter of 2011.
BorgWarner and Bosch, two manufacturers of diesel components, have co-founded the U.S. Coalition for Advanced Diesel Cars. This new group will promote the fuel efficiency and environmental benefits of modern diesel cars. The coalition's first announcement was to complain that gasoline is taxed at a lower rate than diesel and how this price difference hampers diesel's competitiveness. The taxes run in exactly the opposite direction in most European countries. The average gallon of U.S. diesel cos
BorgWarner has developed a new turbocharger design that it claims will help reduce diesel emissions. One of the methods used to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides from diesel engines is to recirculate some of the exhaust gases (EGR). Low pressure EGR helps to reduce the combustion temperatures and thus the production of NOx. However injecting the exhaust gases upstream of the turbo compressor has caused problems in the past as the exhaust particles and high temperature of the exhaust have cause
BorgWarner has just opened up a second plant at their facility in Amstadt, Germany to produce dual clutch transmission modules. BorgWarner and other suppliers like Getrag have been experiencing huge growth in demand for dual clutch transmissions as demand for increased fuel efficiency and reduced CO2 emissions drives adoption. BorgWarner is the supplier of dual clutch systems to Volkswagen Group for their DSG transmissions. VW recently sold their one millionth DSG-equipped vehicle. By the time a
With internal combustion engines set to continue playing a major role in automotive drivetrains for some time to come, technologies that can help improve efficiency are growing in demand. Two of the most popular at the moment are turbochargers and dual clutch transmissions (DCT). Both are seen as means to achieve significant improvements in efficiency at much lower cost than alternatives like hybrids. One of the chief suppliers of both of these components is BorgWarner.
BorgWarner has broken ground for a second manufacturing plant in Arnstadt Germany to build their DualTronic transmission modules. The DualTronic clutch system is the heart of the renowned Volkswagen/Audi DSG gearbox. The clutch system can be used with most conventional manual transmissions to allow them to function as either fully automatic or sequential shift manual transmissions. The system takes advantage of the inherent mechanical efficiency of a conventional manual gearbox but allows two-pe
According to the folks at BorgWarner, the number of turbocharged, direct-injection engines will increase four-fold by 2011. In 2006, approximately 500,000 vehicles were equipped with the technological duo, and based on their market projections, over two million such engines will be on the road in the next four years. A good chunk of this expansion will occur in Europe, however, Japan, China and those of us in North America stand to benefit from the highly efficient, power-producing setup.
Following on the heels of the successful AWD adaptation of the Chrysler Pacifica, Borg Warner has been tapped once again to outfit the Sebring and Avenger models with all-wheel motiviation. The Borg will supply the hardware as well as the electronic controls and support for integrating the system with the rest of the platform. BW has a line of products specifically aimed at adapting AWD to front-drive platforms. Known as iTrac, the suite of products is designed to interface with stability and tr
Dual-clutch transmissions are viewed as an improvement over current automatic and auto-manual transmission technologies. Here in the US, we tend to look at the use of the technology by VW as a performance enhancement, primarily. It is a marriage of the directness of a manual transmission with the ease of use of an automatic, while providing quicker shifting than is humanly possible. BorgWarner, the supplier of the dual cluch technology for VW's DSG transmission, is setting its sights on the low-
BorgWarner, a Michigan based automotive supplier, announced a partnership with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), to further develop Clean Diesel Combustion (CDC). CDC is a technology developed and patented by EPA, and is a possible approach to meeting EPA's future diesel emissions standards for cars, SUVs, and trucks. The partnership will focus on the development of advanced air-boosting systems, since the currently available turbo- and super-chargers are insufficient to achieve clea
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