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Getrag reaches DCT landmark

Global transmission manufacturer Getrag celebrated this week the production of its one millionth dual clutch transmission 6DCT250 system. Starting serial production in April 2010, the six-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT) has been the fastest growing DCT to one million units in the industry so far, and the company says the success of its DCTs is based on the combination of convenience, efficiency and a significant reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

“This goes to show we went for the right product from the start,” explains Ernie DeVincent, platform director in charge of the 6DCT250 at Getrag. “As of today, the 6DCT250 is still the transmission architecture with the fastest growing number of units produced. This rapid growth confirms that in this era requiring world class fuel efficiency, the 6DCT250 is an unquestioned market leader. We currently have orders from four major OEMs for this product.” Seeing increasingly good prospects in Asia, Getrag will also launch production of the 6DCT250 at its Chinese plant in Nanchang during 2013. The transmission will then be produced on three continents expanding the company’s global footprint.

The internal celebration for the millionth 6DCT250 took place with an international video conference at Getrag’s headquarters in Untergruppenbach. Mihir Kotecha, CEO of Getrag, used the occasion to emphasize the successful collaboration of the teams in Italy, Mexico, America and Germany, who were involved in the transmission’s development and production. “But we do not rest on our laurels,” Kotecha added. “We are already hard at work developing the next generation: 7DCT300.”

Meanwhile the high volume production of the 6DCT250 with a dry clutch and a maximum torque of 250 Nm continues. Both dual clutch transmissions will be made available in parallel to OEM customers.

24 October 2012


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