On BorgWarner products being showcased at Auto Expo-Components Show
From a thermal systems
perspective, we have products that cover the airflow side of
the vehicle, the coolant flow and specifically what is new is the light duty
Visctronic which is now being localised in India this year to support also the
Euro 6 (BS VI) implementation in India, which by itself is a very exciting
step. On the coolant flow side we have two products. One is a controlled
coolant pump for commercial trucks, and a coolant pump for passenger cars.
On the Government skipping BS
V emission norms and moving on to BS VI norms by 2020---the challenges therein.
First of all it is a very
exciting step for us and also for India and its economy. It’s a challenge from
an infrastructure perspective. In terms of product readiness, as I mentioned
the light duty Visctronic, we have a complete product portfolio in thermal as
well as the entire BorgWarner family which is supporting the OEMs to be
successful in meeting the emissions legislation.
On how technology is evolving
Let me describe the two main
drivers changing the technology. One is we are going into a deeper system
integration into vehicles and the second is the electrification. If you see our
products like the bi metal fan drives, it will now be an electronically
controlled device where the speed demand for the fan is actually coming from
the engine ECU.
On the challenges posed by electrification of vehicles
The electrification of
vehicles is at a slightly different speed if you compare commercial vehicles
and passenger vehicles. In passenger car segment, full electric and hybrid
vehicles are already ready and will continue to be wider spread. We have
products that are being specifically being developed in that segment. Then
there are coolant pumps that support start stop feature as well as cooler
electric vehicles. In the CV segment also we have products supporting electric
and hybrid vehicles.
On the company’s focus segments in India
From a thermal perspective we
have several segment strategies. We have a segment strategy for commercial
vehicles. For passenger cars, for off high way vehicles like tractors and
construction vehicles. From a business priority perspective, CV is the most
important segment for us in India. We are also migrating into the passenger car
segment and I think despite the market volatility the off highway segment will
continue to be an important segment for us to work.
On absorption of newer technology by Indian OEMs vis a vis foreign
In general there was always a
very steady migration of technology into India. But challenges remain like
infrastructure, construction of roads (which slowed down a bit of the migration
because of lack of requirement) etc. But India remains a very exciting market.
With the emissions implementation (BS VI by 2020), there will be an increase in
the speed of technology migration. The entire OEM segment was prepared for that
migration and that just required a spark and the BS VI will make that