Scheduled to open in late 2018, the plant will produce drive units with integrated Spicer® SmartConnect™ disconnecting all-wheel-drive (AWD) technology as part of a global program for a major automaker. Dana's Spicer SmartConnect technology improves the fuel efficiency of SUVs, crossovers, and passenger vehicles.
Dana will invest approximately
The plant will be located at the Yufu Industrial Development Zone, where Dana will host a ceremony to break ground in conjunction with The 8th
"We at Dana are excited to bring our latest disconnecting all-wheel-drive technology to the world's largest automotive market," said
Currently in pre-production testing, Spicer SmartConnect technology helps global vehicle manufacturers address evolving emissions regulations while maintaining the safety and control that are key advantages for AWD vehicles.
The Spicer SmartConnect system configures the drivetrain to work in fuel-efficient front-wheel-drive mode. It automatically and seamlessly converts to AWD when it detects slipping at the wheel, such as during rapid acceleration or in slippery conditions.
The introduction of disconnecting AWD technology in China illustrates how Dana is addressing its enterprise strategy – titled "Shifting into Overdrive" – across multiple dimensions. The Spicer SmartConnect system helps to expand global markets by driving disproportionate growth in the rapidly changing
"Dana has served the rapidly growing Chinese automobile market for more than 25 years, and our expansion into
The Spicer SmartConnect system was tested and validated at Dana's technical center in Wuxi,
Inaugurated in 2013, this facility has more than 50 engineers who facilitate the delivery of new product offerings for China and the rest of the region and adapt technologies developed elsewhere in the world for the specific needs of the China market.
Dana currently has approximately 7,000 employees in China, including those working for operations in which Dana holds a half interest.
Dana is a world leader in highly engineered solutions for improving the efficiency, performance, and sustainability of powered vehicles and machinery. Dana supports the passenger vehicle, commercial truck, and off-highway markets, as well as industrial and stationary equipment applications. Founded in 1904, Dana employs approximately 27,000 people in 34 countries on six continents who are committed to delivering long-term value to customers. The company reported sales of more than
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