December 13, 2010 05:39 ET

Transmission Technology Today: Efficient, Comfortable, Automatic and Fit for Electrification

9th International CTI Symposium "Innovative Automotive Transmissions, Hybrid & Electric Drives" (29th November and 1st December 2010, Berlin)

BERLIN--(Marketwire - December 13, 2010) -  "The level of complexity in modern transmissions has reached a stage that was unimaginable a few years ago," stated Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ferit Küçükay (Technische Universität Braunschweig) at the opening of the 9th International CTI Symposium "Innovative Automotive Transmissions, Hybrid and Electric Drives." Developments such as an 8 or 9-speed automatic transmission show, according to Küçükay, the enormous leaps being made in transmission technology. With over 900 participants and 90 presentations, he viewed this year's CTI Symposium as reflecting the diversity of modern transmission and drive technologies. Although electric mobility is occupying the sector to an increasing extent, he believes that the money continues to be earned from conventional transmissions and from their potential for improvement. "The future of the automobile will be characterised in the not so distant future by a variety of vehicles and diverse transmission technologies," according to Küçükay.

Two-thirds of the improvements in efficiency at BMW are attributable to innovative transmissions

"The use of energy is the major trend for the development of future transmission and vehicle concepts," stated Dr. Manfred Klüting (BMW AG). The constantly increasing figures for person kilometres travelled pull sustainable, environmental and socially acceptable concepts with them, which also make sense economically according to Klüting. The increasing level of urbanisation, as well as the developments in the BRIC countries alter and differentiate customer requirements and technologies even further. "There will not be one ideal solution," says Klüting. Global requirements and different national framework conditions are too diverse for this to be possible. While the classic status symbols "cylinders" and "horse power" have increasingly lost relevance, factors such as "efficiency" and "environment" have, in his view, become increasingly important. BMW already reacted to this new trend years ago with the packet of measures "BMW Efficient Dynamics" and was able to realise reductions in CO2 emissions of 25 percent between 1995 and 2008. Around two thirds of this success has been achieved through innovation in transmissions, according to Klüting.

Further results from the CTI Symposium can be found here:

In general, this year's CTI Symposium reflected the positive atmosphere in the automobile industry. The participants and exhibitors praised the event as "the most important meeting place for transmission and drive specialists." The Symposium will be celebrating its 10 year anniversary next year with an especially attractive programme from the 5th to 8th December 2011 (Main symposium, 6th to 7th December 2011), to be held once again in Berlin.

The results from this year's TED survey can be found here:

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