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GKN Driveline extends auto parts collaboration with BMW

ABR Staff Writer Published 01 August 2013

Automotive driveline components manufacturer GKN Driveline has expanded its partnership with the German vehicle maker BMW to supply front axle for BMW X Series Sports Activity Vehicles that will be used to convert the rear-wheel drive vehicles to all-wheel drive.

GKN Driveline's plant in Newton, North Carolina will manufacture and deliver the front final drive units (FDU) for the current X3 from August 2013 and other high performance X models later in the year.

With the partnership, GKN expects to increase its sales, manpower and production as well as further speed up the transition from all-wheel drive component plant to an all-wheel drive systems provider.

GKN Driveline currently supplies sideshafts for the X Series models, as well as torque-vectoring units.

Currently, GKN Driveline's Newton facility supplies all-wheel drive systems including FDUs, to car manufacturers across the globe for a range of high performance all-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive vehicles.

In 2012, the GKN Driveline Newton had reported sales of over 1,000,000 units.