Audi commences transmission production in China

Posted on 23 Aug 2016 by Tim Brown
The assembly line of the 7-speed S tronic transmission DL 382 at the ‘Volkswagen Automatic Transmission Tianjin’ (VWATJ), China - image courtesy of Audi.
The assembly line of the 7-speed S tronic transmission DL 382 at the ‘Volkswagen Automatic Transmission Tianjin’ (VWATJ), China - image courtesy of Audi.

Audi, together with Volkswagen Automatic Transmission Tianjin (VWATJ), is expanding its activities in China with the European marque inaugurating a new transmission plant on Monday.

The plant, in the northern China harbor city of Tianjin, will supply highly efficient 7-speed S tronic transmissions for the new Audi A4 L and other locally produced models.

Florian Beck, powertrain engineer for the new Audi S4 and S5, told Drive magazine in Australia that the shift away from dual clutch transmissions was primarily “a torque issue”.

“You have to look at the maximum torque. Up to 400Nm is the perfect combination for the dual clutch transmission, but this one has more than 500Nm,” he said.

However, VW and Audi have not exactly had a smooth ride with dual-clutch transmissions, recalling thousands of cars equipped with a dry-clutch seven-speed auto primarily used in low-power applications.