Full production based the Saab technology Beiqi F25/F35 transmission ready today.
According to the plan, by the end of 2013, Beiqi power will form an annual output of own-brand passenger car engine, gearbox production capacity of 300,000 units, formed in 2015 to 400,000 engines and 400,000 transmission manufacturing capabilities.
After purchasing the technology for the old Saab 9-5 and pre-2006 Saab 9-3, Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Co (BAIC) have further move towards manufacturing the Saab 9-3 and 9-5 as Beijing Auto branded cars in the Chinese market.
BAIC have purchase WEIGL Transmission Plant AB, the company that manufacture gearboxes for Saab and GM. Early reports say that the deal, worth 31 million Euro, has included the factory, production equipment and IPR for the F25 and F35 gearboxes that are found in the Saab 9-3 and 9-5.
F25 is the 5 speed manual gearbox in the NG900/OG9-3 1994 to 2002. They have the rod shift mechanism.
F35 is the 5 speed manual gearbox in the New 9-3 2003 onwards. They have the cable shift mechanism.
F40 is the 6 speed manual gearbox.
BAIC to begin producing new engines by end of December
BAIC’s subsidiary company, Beijing Automotive Powertrain, will be able to start manufacturing new series of engines by the end of this month, Economic Observer News reported today.
According to BAIC Group Deputy General Manager Ma Tongli, the manufacturer has already successfully completed testing of new 2.0 L and 2.3 L engines. Mr. Ma also revealed that, after four months of work, BAIC started assembly of the cylinders and cylinder heads necessary for the engines, and that full engine production will begin by the end of the month.
Beijing Automotive Powertrain was established in August 2009. The company, which is fully owned by BAIC Group, focuses on the research, development and production of engines and transmissions. BAIC’s investments in the company are planned to reach a total of ten billion yuan ($1.58b). The company’s total annual production capacity looks set to reach 400,000 engines and 600,000 transmission systems by 2015.
In December 2009, BAIC Group spent $200 million to purchase Saab technology. Then, in November of last year, the manufacturer’s subsidiary company begun successfully producing own brand engines, signifying that it had successfully made use of Saab technology.