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Getrag secures Chinese DCT order

Getrag has received the first order for its dual clutch transmission 6DCT250 from Qoros Automotive, an independent JV carmaker in China. Start of production is planned for 2013 in the Getrag plant Nanchang. In addition to the six-speed manual transmissions Getrag will supply to Qoros, the 6DCT250 will be applied to the first car under Qoros brand, which will meet all European standards and be exported to western European markets.

Getrag expects the 6DCT250 unit, which was first introduced in 2010, to break through the one million-mark unit level by 2013. It was initially developed for installation in the middle and small car segment and is presently used in Renault Mégane, Renault Scénic as well as Ford Focus and Ford Fiesta models.

“We are extremely pleased with this further breakthrough for our high-volume dual clutch transmissions and are very proud of our product and the positive feedback we have received from the automotive markets. This shows us that our strategy and our investments in the dual clutch transmission technology are right,” said Mihir Kotecha, CEO of Getrag. “The interest in this product is immense and we are receiving further inquiries from all of the important automotive markets” he added.

The strong demand for the 6DCT250 has also had a major effect on the previously installed capacities in Getrag’s key-production locations at Bari, Italy, and Irapuato, Mexico. “We expect that both factories will be working at full capacity far sooner than planned and the increased demand will have to be covered as from 2013 onwards” said Kotecha. “Intensive planning is already taking place to ensure that the capacities are expanded to existing markets in addition to the production that is planned in China.”

12 January 2012


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