VW powertrain boss expects 90% take up rate for dual-clutch transmissions

>> Sunday, January 4, 2009

Carmakers in the luxury and sports segments are finding it extremely difficult to increase fuel savings without compromising the quality and performance of their product, but one company, the Volkswagen Group, is banking on dual-clutch gearbox technology to help achieve the all-important fleet-wide fuel economy gains. Speaking with MotorTrend, Volkswagen Group's chief of powertrain development, Wolfgang Hatz, explained that the technology was no longer in the realm of large-engined, expensive cars, but was now going to trickle down to even entry-level models in order to reduce average mileage and emissions figures. Hatz estimates that 90% of all future production models will be carrying a dual-clutch transmission, and that the majority of these could be the same durable unit as that found in the current Audi S4 and Q5, which is capable of handling almost 443lb-ft (600Nm) of torque. Meanwhile, Audi is continuing its diesel offensive in the U.S.

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