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POWERTRAIN TESTING

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The automotive powertrain of any vehicle defines its safety, performance and comfort. The
transmission and engine are the prime components of a powertrain, along with other elements
such as the torque or clutch converter, propeller or drive shaft, axles and differential.

The global car powertrain market continues to grow at a healthy compound annual growth rate
(CAGR) of 5%. This is due to increasing vehicle production, combined with a growing awareness
and regulations relating to environmental pollution.

In addition, it is expected that demand will be driven by a growing need for enhanced traction;
advanced technologies such as combustion control improvements; and increased acceleration in
vehicles for safe driving, in order to pass through unfavourable terrain and poor weather
conditions.

However, stringent emissions standards in numerous nations provide a challenge for the scalable
development and production of powertrains; and growth is also hampered by low willingness
among consumers to pay more for a sustainable powertrain system, which requires investment.

OUR APPROACH TO CAR POWERTRAIN TESTING

Vehicle powertrain testing at our Shanghai Auto Hub includes an assessment of all types of diesel,
gasoline and natural gas fuel engines – and also includes onboard diagnostics, exhaust emissions,
thermal cycles and much more.

Increasing demand for automated transmissions, plus the rising trend for engine downsizing, fuel emission and consumption reduction – coupled with stringent government regulations regarding the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions – are driving the market growth of automotive powertrains.

FURTHER INSIGHT: REGIONAL DRIVERS FOR NEW MOBILITY

Powertrain evolutions must be aligned to various regional driving forces, high-level summaries of
which include:

  • North America – High penetration of ride hailing in major metropolitan areas | Technology leadership in highly automated driving | Strong regulatory support
  • Europe – High population density in cities – ideal for RoboCabs | Stringent emission regulation drives electrification | Slow regulatory processes
  • China – Strong push for electrification | High penetration of ride hailing in major cities | Influential players pushing for autonomous driving | Fast regulatory decisions
  • Emerging markets – Less stringent emissions regulations delay the growth of electric vehicles | Growing adoption of ride hailing in major cities | Autonomous driving is limited by lack of infrastructure and driving behavior

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