BorgWarner First Again With Revolutionary New Dual-Clutch Transmission Design for Small Cars, Emerging Markets Unique Architecture Delivers Additional Fuel Efficiency and Performance Improvements

Dec 04, 2007, 00:00 ET from BorgWarner Inc.

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Dec. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- As a leader in
 dual- clutch transmission technology, BorgWarner (NYSE:   BWA) is once again
 revolutionizing the transmission market. A unique new dual-clutch
 transmission for developing markets and small cars is in the final
 development stages at BorgWarner. Working in conjunction with several Asian
 automakers, BorgWarner will be providing patent-pending dual-clutch
 transmission architecture that delivers fuel efficiency in an affordable
 package ideal for the growing small car demand in developing markets.
 
     (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20071204/CLTU066 )
 
     "Drivers in developing markets like China and India are looking for the
 ease of using an automatic transmission in an affordable vehicle," said Dr.
 Bernd Matthes, President and General Manager, BorgWarner Transmission
 Systems. "Up until now, the complexity and cost of automatic transmissions
 made it impractical to package this option in smaller cars. With
 BorgWarner's new design, we can deliver the responsive, fuel-efficient,
 fun-to drive characteristics of a dual-clutch transmission in a smaller,
 more affordable package. The unique architecture of our compact dual-clutch
 transmission is expected to expand the use of automatic transmissions in
 emerging markets. Test results with this transmission indicate a 13% fuel
 efficiency improvement, better top-end speed and a significant improvement
 in acceleration over automatic transmissions currently in production."
 
     BorgWarner's compact DualTronic(R) dual-clutch transmission design is
 expected to provide similar performance and efficiency to the driving
 experience in small and sub-compact cars that made its original dual-clutch
 technology attractive in larger vehicles. At the same time, the company is
 significantly reducing the complexity of the transmission hardware.
 
     "The competition in this fast-growing and high-potential market segment
 is fierce and extremely motivating," Matthes said. "Together with our OEM
 partners, we are working relentlessly to craft affordable, differentiating
 systems that distinguish our customers' products from their competition and
 keep BorgWarner at the forefront of transmission technology."
 
     Working with these partners, BorgWarner is currently testing and
 refining its first phase transmission hardware and controls software.
 BorgWarner expects production implementation of its new compact dual-clutch
 transmission design within two to three years.
 
     The patent-pending "power split" design of the new transmission uses a
 large number of common and simplified parts and modules which enhance the
 affordability of the transmission, the ease of packaging in small vehicles
 and the manufacturability of the transmission in emerging markets. The
 small vehicle segment is expected to grow 30% over the next five years from
 about 19 million to almost 25 million cars.
 
     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. The company launched the first commercial
 production of dual-clutch transmission technology in Europe in 2003 with
 VW/Audi. Today, 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 now includes controls modules for both wet and dry dual-clutch
 applications, wet clutch modules, synchronizers, and the new compact
 DualTronic(R) transmission. The 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 technology 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:
 http://www.borgwarner.com.
 
     Statements contained in this news release may contain forward-looking
 statements as contemplated by the 1995 Private Securities Litigation Reform
 Act that are based on management's current expectations, estimates and
 projections. Words such as "expects," "anticipates," "intends," "plans,"
 "believes," "estimates," variations of such words and similar expressions
 are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking
 statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, many of which are
 difficult to predict and generally beyond our control, that could cause
 actual results to differ materially from those expressed, projected or
 implied in or by the forward-looking statements. Such risks and
 uncertainties include: fluctuations in domestic or foreign vehicle
 production, the continued use of outside suppliers, fluctuations in demand
 for vehicles containing our products, changes in general economic
 conditions, and other risks detailed in our filings with the Securities and
 Exchange Commission, including the Risk Factors, identified in our most
 recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K. We do not undertake any
 obligation to update any forward-looking statements.
 
 
 

SOURCE BorgWarner Inc.
    AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Dec. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- As a leader in
 dual- clutch transmission technology, BorgWarner (NYSE:   BWA) is once again
 revolutionizing the transmission market. A unique new dual-clutch
 transmission for developing markets and small cars is in the final
 development stages at BorgWarner. Working in conjunction with several Asian
 automakers, BorgWarner will be providing patent-pending dual-clutch
 transmission architecture that delivers fuel efficiency in an affordable
 package ideal for the growing small car demand in developing markets.
 
     (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20071204/CLTU066 )
 
     "Drivers in developing markets like China and India are looking for the
 ease of using an automatic transmission in an affordable vehicle," said Dr.
 Bernd Matthes, President and General Manager, BorgWarner Transmission
 Systems. "Up until now, the complexity and cost of automatic transmissions
 made it impractical to package this option in smaller cars. With
 BorgWarner's new design, we can deliver the responsive, fuel-efficient,
 fun-to drive characteristics of a dual-clutch transmission in a smaller,
 more affordable package. The unique architecture of our compact dual-clutch
 transmission is expected to expand the use of automatic transmissions in
 emerging markets. Test results with this transmission indicate a 13% fuel
 efficiency improvement, better top-end speed and a significant improvement
 in acceleration over automatic transmissions currently in production."
 
     BorgWarner's compact DualTronic(R) dual-clutch transmission design is
 expected to provide similar performance and efficiency to the driving
 experience in small and sub-compact cars that made its original dual-clutch
 technology attractive in larger vehicles. At the same time, the company is
 significantly reducing the complexity of the transmission hardware.
 
     "The competition in this fast-growing and high-potential market segment
 is fierce and extremely motivating," Matthes said. "Together with our OEM
 partners, we are working relentlessly to craft affordable, differentiating
 systems that distinguish our customers' products from their competition and
 keep BorgWarner at the forefront of transmission technology."
 
     Working with these partners, BorgWarner is currently testing and
 refining its first phase transmission hardware and controls software.
 BorgWarner expects production implementation of its new compact dual-clutch
 transmission design within two to three years.
 
     The patent-pending "power split" design of the new transmission uses a
 large number of common and simplified parts and modules which enhance the
 affordability of the transmission, the ease of packaging in small vehicles
 and the manufacturability of the transmission in emerging markets. The
 small vehicle segment is expected to grow 30% over the next five years from
 about 19 million to almost 25 million cars.
 
     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. The company launched the first commercial
 production of dual-clutch transmission technology in Europe in 2003 with
 VW/Audi. Today, 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 now includes controls modules for both wet and dry dual-clutch
 applications, wet clutch modules, synchronizers, and the new compact
 DualTronic(R) transmission. The 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 technology 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:
 http://www.borgwarner.com.
 
     Statements contained in this news release may contain forward-looking
 statements as contemplated by the 1995 Private Securities Litigation Reform
 Act that are based on management's current expectations, estimates and
 projections. Words such as "expects," "anticipates," "intends," "plans,"
 "believes," "estimates," variations of such words and similar expressions
 are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking
 statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, many of which are
 difficult to predict and generally beyond our control, that could cause
 actual results to differ materially from those expressed, projected or
 implied in or by the forward-looking statements. Such risks and
 uncertainties include: fluctuations in domestic or foreign vehicle
 production, the continued use of outside suppliers, fluctuations in demand
 for vehicles containing our products, changes in general economic
 conditions, and other risks detailed in our filings with the Securities and
 Exchange Commission, including the Risk Factors, identified in our most
 recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K. We do not undertake any
 obligation to update any forward-looking statements.
 
 
 SOURCE BorgWarner Inc.

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