1. In China, where 1,767 car models are on sale, DCT transmission is offered on ~61% of them. DCT transmission is also extremely popular in domestic brands, who have the highest ~40% share of the overall market
  2. In Europe, where 426 car models are on sale, DCT transmission is offered on ~75% of them, up from 54% in 2014
  3. Dual-clutch transmission has very limited take off rate in US  and Japan and its reach is limited to premium European brands only
  4. The growth in gasoline engine share(46% in 2013 to 67% in 2019) across Europe will result in higher-takeoff rate for DCTs and is a major growth driver for Dual-clutch transmission market
  5. Borgwarner , Getrag(Magna)and ZF  are the top 3 DCT module suppliers, globally



Transmission has a major role in deciding the fuel economy and driving experience of a vehicle. Automated transmission as compared to manual ones are meant to reduce driving fatigue but not without trade-off in terms of reduced fuel economy.


Dual clutch transmissions can deliver fast gearshifts with equal or even better fuel economy than a manual transmission.


infographic: Dual-clutch transmission marketd, ual clutch transmission market size, dual clutch transmission market trends, dual clutch transmission market share, DCT Transmission market

DCT transmission is predominantly a European technology with its roots in Germany. It is the most sought-after transmission type after torque converter automatics and CVT (Continuously variable transmission).


Until early 2000s, Dual clutch transmission (DCT) systems were though of a novel technology limited to Formula 1 and ultra-luxury cars. Volkswagen broke this concept when it started offering DCT transmission on the best-seller, mass segment Golf in 2003.



DCT transmissions are known for their ultrafast gear shift times (<200ms) and excellent fuel efficiency. The fuel economy improvement in DCT equipped cars as compared to torque converter automatics is in the range of 15-20%.


On the other hand, limited torque handling capacity and a large amount of recalls issued in past decade or so has affected their overall reach and reliability.


infographic: Dual-clutch transmission marketd, ual clutch transmission market size, dual clutch transmission market trends, dual clutch transmission market share, DCT Transmission market

SUVs now make up for almost 36% of new car sales in Europe. To reap advantage of the growing SUV segment in Europe, VW group, the market leader(24% market share) in Europe has introduced 6 new models in the European market over past 12 months, taking its total number of SUVs to 17.DCT transmission penetration in VW group cars is the highest in Europe which sell on an average ~3.6-3.8 Million cars per annum in Europe


Diesel`s share in Germany in Oct 2019 has now declined to the lowest level since Oct 2000 at ~31%. The number of DCT transmissions which can handle torque in excess of 350Nm is much lower than transmission with torque handling capacity of 250Nm. Therefore, growth in gasoline powered vehicles volume should further increase the off-take of DCT transmission equipped vehicles in Europe.


High popularity of SUVs with <1.6L turbo engines coupled with 6/7 speed DCT transmission in China will be a major growth driver for DCT transmission market.



Infographic: Dual-clutch transmission market size, Dual-clutch transmission market share, Dual-clutch transmission market growth



Volkswagen group cars have the highest share of DCT transmission fitment followed by Ford, Hyundai/Kia. As of Sep 2019, 27 Million+ VW cars have been sold with a DCT transmission and the mid and premium segment cars (Ex Tiguan, Passat etc) have 80+% installation rate.


Infographic: Dual-clutch transmission market history of past 10 years



In Europe, among the top 25 best-selling cars, 14 out of 25 had at least one variant with DCT transmission, whereas in China 6 out of top 10 best-selling SUVs had DCT transmission as standard.


Globally, 7- speed DCT transmission (input torque <250Nm) has outgrown all other DCT transmission segment in transverse powertrain.


The global Dual-clutch  transmission market was estimated at $XX Billion in 2019 growing at –% CAGR till 2025



The supplier base of DCT transmission market is limited due to limited adoption of this technology by car manufacturers. So far only Ford, Hyundai and select European automakers have equipped their cars with DCT. Most of the Japanese car makers have stayed away from this technology due to various reasons.


BorgWarner has been helmed as the pioneer of mass produced DCT transmission. Even, the first mass produced DCT by Volkswagen was designed by BorgWarner and licensed to Volkswagen. In China, the American multinational has an agreement with 12 local manufacturers to produce DCT modules for their various passenger cars locally.


infographic: Dual-clutch transmission marketd, ual clutch transmission market size, dual clutch transmission market trends, dual clutch transmission market share, DCT Transmission market


The in-house development of this DCT transmission technology has been limited to less than 5 OEMs. In 2007, Volkswagen became the first OEM to develop the widely used 7-speed DSG, in-house, followed by Renault in 2009


Getrag(now acquired by Magna Powertrain)  is considered the specialist for its expertise in DCT transmissions. It supplies to almost all major OEMs.


Unlike torque converter automatics, where new transmissions integrating electric motor have been developed for MHEV/PHEV applications, many suppliers(except Magna) are yet to develop something like that in DCT market. Therefore, it will be interesting to see the impact of growing vehicle electrification on DCT transmission market.



  1. ZF Friedrichshafen AG
  2. Getrag(Magna Powertrain)
  3. Volkswagen AG
  4. Hyundai Powertech Co, Ltd
  5. BorgWarner Transmission Systems
  6. Continental AG
  7. Fiat Powertrain Technologies
  8. Schaeffler Group
  9. Oerlikon Graziano
  10. Groupe Renault
  11. Ricardo Plc
  12. TREMEC Corporation


  1. How will the DCT transmission market grow/decline in key geographies globally?
  2. Impact of e-mobility on DCT transmission market
  3. Which vehicle segment will generate the highest DCT transmission demand in top 10 countries?
  4. DCT transmission demand in luxury cars segment
  5. What`s happening in the DCT transmission material supply chain?
  6. Average B-2-B price in all segments
  7. Future technology trend of DCT transmission and manufacturing capacity in US, Europe, China, and India
  8. New product development and launches
  9. Upcoming vehicle platforms with DCT transmission
  10. OE- Supplier alignment in dual-clutch transmission market
  11. Market share of leading players in different segments


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1Market Segmentation3
2Executive Summary5-6
4Insights from Industry stakeholders11
5Key criteria for DCT transmission adoption by OEMs12-13
6Raw material supply chain and DCT transmission manufacturing in US, Europe and China14-15
8New product development and innovation18-19
9Global automotive transmission trends20-21
10Impact of growth in EV market on DCT transmission market22-23
11Market Size ,Dynamics and Forecast By Product type29-38
12Market Size ,Dynamics and Forecast By Application29-38
13Market Size ,Dynamics and Forecast By sub-component39-48
14Market Size ,Dynamics and Forecast By Geography49-65
16Competitive Landscape79-82
17OEM-supplier relationship in DCT transmission market27-28
18Company Profiles80-95
19Unmet needs and Market Opportunity for suppliers96-97
215 Key predictions100
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