Germany’s BMW Group has awarded Magna International the largest production order for transmission technologies in the automotive supplier’s history. The multi-year contract is reported to include all front-wheel drive dual-clutch transmissions, including hybrid transmission variants, and will be used in more than 170 different vehicle applications.
The new hybrid solution by Magna is said to have no impact on the overall package size of the transmission, which provides manufacturing flexibility to BMW. The hybrid variants also use a compact, 48V high-RPM electric motor within the transmission housing, providing innovative driving features while further improving fuel efficiency.
“This new award is another result of Magna’s commitment to delivering high-quality, flexible and innovative transmissions,” stated 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 transmissions will be built at Magna facilities in Neuenstein, Germany, and Kechnec, Slovakia.