Drivetrain Systems International

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Drivetrain System International Pty Ltd
Industry Automotive components
Founded 2004
Headquarters Springvale, Australia
Products Gearboxs and powertrains
Number of employees
167
Parent Geely

Drivetrain System International (abbreviated as DSI), and previously operating as BorgWarner Australia, BTR, and ION[1] was an Australian drivetrain constructor based in Springvale, Victoria with manufacturing facilities in Albury, New South Wales.[2] In 2009, it produced drivetrains for Ford, Chrysler, Geely and SsangYong.[3] The company has also produced gearboxes for the Mahindra Scorpio.[4]

History[edit]

Drivetrain Systems International was formed following the purchase of the Lavington gearbox factory, built in 1971, from the ION Group in 2004. In 1997, the factory produced gearboxes for SsangYong, which became the DSI's largest customer following the cessation of Ford's patronage in 2011.[4]

In 2009, the company entered bankruptcy protection, mostly due to the bankruptcy and halt of production of its main customer, SsangYong. An effect of this was the loss of 230 jobs at the Albury facilities, with 167 jobs remaining. The workers were eligible for the Australian Government's General Employees Entitlements and Redundancy Scheme, however, this will only provide 16 weeks pay, whereas some staff have lost up to 100 weeks pay.[5] The same year, the company was purchased by Chinese car manufacturer Geely for over AU$55 million.[4]

Gearboxes designed by Drivetrain Systems International are currently also manufactured in Geely factories in Hunan, Shandong and Chongqing.[4]

Transmissions[edit]

3-speed automatic[edit]

The company provided Ford Australia with three-speed automatic transmissions for rear-wheel drive (longitudinal engine) applications.

M51[edit]

4-speed automatic[edit]

Cutaway of the four-speed M93LE automatic as fitted to the Ford Territory

The company provided Ford Australia, and later SsangYong Motor with four-speed automatic transmissions for rear-wheel drive (longitudinal engine) applications.

The M85LE first appeared in the 1989 Ford Falcon (EA II) and Ford Fairlane/LTD (NA/DA), and was progressively updated to the M91LE (1992) and M93LE (1994) in the Australian large Ford range. V8 versions of the Falcon, when released in 1992 used a revised version of the transmission, the M95LE, updated as the M97LE in 1994. The final applications used by Ford (for the M93LE) were the BF III Falcon wagon (2010), FG Falcon LPG (2010), and rear-wheel-drive SY II Territory (2011).

The SsangYong models used the M74LE version of the transmission.

M74LE[edit]

M85LE[edit]

M91LE[edit]

M93LE[edit]

Also known as the ION 93-4AT.[8][9]

M95LE[edit]

M97LE[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jones, Howard (31 May 2014). "10 years of hard labour but DSI still ends in tears". The Border Mail. Retrieved 23 April 2016. 
  2. ^ "ACN 117 069 404 Pty Ltd (Formerly "Drivetrain Systems International Pty Ltd") (Receivers and Managers Appointed) (In Liquidation)". Ferrier Hodgson. Archived from the original on 10 July 2011. 
  3. ^ Stevens, Mike (31 March 2009). "Geely Buys Drivetrain Systems International". The Motor Report. Retrieved 23 April 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c d Jones, Howard (29 July 2013). "Hard to compete with DSI factories in China on cost". The Border Mail. Retrieved 23 April 2016. 
  5. ^ "Drivetrain Systems International sacks 230 workers". The Australian. 25 February 2009. Retrieved 23 April 2016. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q "Ryco Transmission Filter Catalogue" (PDF). GUD Automotive. 2011. Retrieved 23 April 2016. 
  7. ^ a b "Autotrans Fluid BW" (PDF). Caltex. 29 October 2012. Retrieved 23 April 2016. 
  8. ^ a b "Review: Ford BF Falcon (2005–10)". AustralianCar.Reviews. Retrieved 23 April 2016. 
  9. ^ Mathioudakis, Bryon (21 October 2005). "First drive: Ford evolves Territory". GoAuto. Retrieved 23 April 2016. 
  10. ^ a b "Review: Ford AU Falcon (1998–02)". AustralianCar.Reviews. Retrieved 23 April 2016. 
  11. ^ a b c "Review: Ford BA Falcon (2002–05)". AustralianCar.Reviews. Retrieved 23 April 2016. 
  12. ^ "Review: Ford FG Falcon (2008–14)". AustralianCar.Reviews. Retrieved 23 April 2016. 
  13. ^ a b "Review: Ford AU Fairlane (1999–03)". AustralianCar.Reviews. Retrieved 23 April 2016. 
  14. ^ a b "Review: Ford BA Fairlane (2003–05)". AustralianCar.Reviews. Retrieved 23 April 2016. 
  15. ^ "Review: Ford SX Territory (2004–05)". AustralianCar.Reviews. Retrieved 23 April 2016. 
  16. ^ a b "Review: Ford SY Territory (2005–11)". AustralianCar.Reviews. Retrieved 23 April 2016.