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BorgWarner’s Latest Eco-Launch™ Stop/start Technology Delivers Quick, Smooth Restarts for Ford FWD Vehicles

  • Technology available in growing line-up of Ford vehicles with 8-speed transmissions
  • Helps fuel-efficient stop/start systems deliver fast, smooth launches during restarts

Auburn Hills, Michigan, March 13, 2018 – BorgWarner, a global leader in clean and efficient technology solutions for combustion, hybrid and electric vehicles, helps Ford deliver greater vehicle efficiency with its Eco-Launch™ stop/start solenoid valve and hydraulic accumulator. Engineered to deliver fast, smooth launches during engine restarts, the award-winning solution is available on the Ford 8-speed, front-wheel drive (FWD), mid-torque transmission used for a variety of vehicles in North America.

“BorgWarner’s Eco-Launch technology provides drivers with the fuel economy benefits of stop/start and the seamless launches they expect,” said Dr. Martin Fischer, President and General Manager, BorgWarner Transmission Systems. “Our solution is a cost-effective, fast-to-market approach that allows automakers to enable existing or new automatic transmissions to be compatible with stop/start strategies.”

Shutting off the engine when the vehicle stops increases fuel economy 3 to 10 percent, depending on driving patterns. However, accelerating from the stop mode can cause automatic transmissions to lurch or roll back. For quick launches without lurching, BorgWarner’s low-noise, high-flow, low-leak solenoid valve enables the hydraulic accumulator to prime the transmission faster than the driver can switch from the brake to the accelerator.

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BorgWarner’s Eco-Launch™ stop/start solenoid valve and hydraulic accumulator delivers smoother launches during restarts and enables automakers to easily integrate stop/start functionality across multiple platforms.