Fiat to build transmission units in China

Article by Christian A., on June 2, 2011

As part of Fiat S.p.A.’s plans to manufacture vehicles in China (the largest vehicle market in the world) next year, the company will be building transmission units in the country, a person familiar with the agreement disclosed on Thursday.

The deal will be announced during the visit of the country’s president, Xi Jinping, to Rome, on Friday, according to the source. In 2009, the company and Hong Kong-based Guangzhou Automobile Group Co Ltd. entered into a joint venture to manufacture cars in China.

Guangzhou Automobile is the country’s sixth biggest domestic carmaker. According to the source, the transmission units will be created in partnership with Guangzhou and China-based Hangzhou Advance Gearbox Group. The source did not disclose the financial details of the deal.

On the other hand, sources that are close to Fiat in Turin disclosed that the agreement relates to the C630 six-speed dry dual-clutch transmission, which is currently being developed at the company’s Powertrain Technology subsidiary.

This unit is designed as a mass-produced high-volume unit to be provided to Fiat, GAC, and Chrysler in China, Europe and the U.S. Fiat launched the C635, another six-speed dry dual-clutch unit, on the Alfa Romeo MiTo subcompact model in late 2010.

The company revealed that its dry dual clutch units reduce about 10 percent of fuel consumption versus the traditional automatic transmission because of their lower internal friction. The C635, which is built in Verrone, Italy, will be used as well in the Giulietta compact hatchback this summer and in the 2012 Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger in the U.S.

Topics: fiat, transmission, china

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Recommended

J.D. Power has officially released the 2017 Vehicle Dependability Study, an annual list of the most dependable brands in the auto industry. Once again coming on top is Lexus, the...
by - February 26, 2017
Citroen revealed that its entry to the Chinese market is moving forward with the planned release of the new generation C5. While still on sale on this part of the...
by - February 26, 2017
There is definitely a second-generation Super Series from McLaren. Even in camouflaged form, it is simply incredible. But while we still don’t have the full data on how truly dynamic...
by - February 25, 2017
A lot of fans are excited with the news that Porsche could be unveiling a performance version of its Panamera 4 E-Hybrid plug-in hybrid during the 2017 Geneva Auto Show. ...
by - February 25, 2017
Tesla is finally setting a more “definite” schedule with regards to the official launch of the Tesla Model 3 electric car. A “limited production” is said to be slated to...
by - February 25, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries