BorgWarner believes its new DualTronic dual-clutch transmission could convert European drivers who prefer manual shifts into buyers of automatic transmissions.
The DualTronic transmission first appeared a year ago on specialty versions of the Volkswagen Golf R32 DSG and the Audi TT. But it won't remain a niche application within the Volkswagen Group, says Bernd Matthes, director of dual-clutch transmission systems at BorgWarner Automotive.
"It will be a high-volume transmission," he says.
The technology enables a manual transmission to evolve and perform like an automatic transmission, BorgWarner says.
While pricing has not been determined, BorgWarner says dual-clutch transmission costs are "very competitive and below traditional automatic transmissions."
BorgWarner predicts the DualTronic transmission will dramatically expand the installation rate for automatic transmissions in mainstream car segments in Europe, particularly on diesel-engine vehicles.
Compared with the rest of the world, Europeans are reluctant to switch to automatic transmissions.