Magna has received its most significant production order for transmission technologies in the company’s history from the BMW Group. The multi-year contract covers all front-wheel-drive dual-clutch transmissions, including hybrid transmissions.
The transmission technologies will be used in more than 170 different vehicle applications. Magna’s new hybrid solution does not affect the overall size of the transmission, leaving BMW flexible in terms of manufacturing. The hybrid variants also use a compact 48 V electric motor with high speed inside the transmission housing. The dual-clutch and hybrid transmissions are manufactured at the Magna plants in Neuenstein (Germany) and Kechnec (Slovakia).
“This new award is another result of Magna’s commitment to delivering high-quality, flexible and innovative transmissions,” says Tom Rucker, President of Magna Powertrain. “Our scalable dual-clutch transmissions enhance drivability while simultaneously providing optimal levels of efficiency, which makes our product a perfect match for BMW.”
The front-wheel-drive transmissions will be used in vehicles such as the BMW 1 Series or the Mini models. For the rear-wheel-drive models, BMW placed a major order with ZF in April for the eight-speed automatic transmission. Here, too, there is a new version with an integrated electric motor and power electronics, which Jörg Grotendorst, head of ZF’s E-Mobility Division, presented at the IAA. For ZF, the order from BMW was also the largest single order in the company’s history.
Neither ZF nor Magna provided any information on the financial scope of the order.
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