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Automotive Automatic Transmission Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

  • ID: 4515639
  • Report
  • April 2021
  • Region: Global
  • 90 pages
  • Mordor Intelligence
until Sep 30th 2021


  • Aisin Seiki Co Ltd
  • BorgWarner Inc.
  • Continental AG
  • Daimler AG
  • Delphi Automotive
  • Eaton Corporation PLC
  • MORE
The Automotive Automatic Transmission Market studied was valued at USD 95 million in 2020, and it is expected to reach a value of USD 145 million by 2026 while registering a CAGR of 7% during the forecast period

With the Covid-19 pandemic affecting the automotive industry, the Transmission Market saw a dip in market share as a result of low or almost zero automotive sales or new requirements. Although the United States has around 90% of the vehicles running with automatic transmission, mileage sensitive and huge scale markets like India are yet to transform into automatic transmission systems gradually. The growing trend towards opting the automatic transmission by drivers all over the world is set to help the industry service the pandemic and come out with good numbers post Covid-19.

The automotive transmission system has many advantages, apart from performing the simple purpose of transferring an engine's power to the wheels. The demand for automotive automatic transmission vehicles has been growing over the past three years, especially in developing countries, such as India and China, due to heavy traffic and congestion, and overcrowded streets.

The major types of automatic transmission systems used in the vehicles are automated manual, continuously variable transmission, and dual-clutch transmission, among others.

According to General Motors, with the growing environmental concerns and strict fuel economy norms, the available manual transmission system cars may decline, in turn, resulting in the rise in demand for automatic transmission systems. Governments in the region are also trying to promote the sales of alternative fuel vehicles, through incentives and tax deductions, and fuel-efficient vehicles, which is expected to propel the demand for automotive automatic transmission in the region.

Key Market Trends

OEMs Focusing on Developing Advanced Automatic Transmission

The German automatic transmission supplier ZF developed a new 8-speed automatic transmission. The company’s main focus was to improve fuel efficiency by using lightweight technology.
  • The new gear set design consists of four planetary gear sets and five shift elements that help in minimizing the drag loss and improve transmission efficiency. The optional hydraulic impulse oil storage (HIS) offers start/stop function, which can increase the fuel savings.
  • This new automatic transmission is hybrid compatible and can be used across all AWD dive concepts, which include AWD center differential integrated, integrated AWD system, and hang-on AWD.
During 2017, ZF manufactured 3.5 million units of its 8-speed automatic transmission for Aston Martin, FCA, JLR, and for the Volkswagen group. In 2019, the company received a billion-dollar contract from BMW, in which ZF is expected to supply its latest version of this 8-speed automatic transmission for a BMW's series of models that may be launched in 2022.

Furthermore, ZF is also testing the possibilities in starting the production of this technology for China and the United States, where the shares of automatic passenger cars are high.

Asia-Pacific is Expected to Witness the Fastest Growth Rate

Asia-Pacific is expected to witness the fastest growth rate during the forecast period. In the Asia-Pacific region, countries, such as China, India, and the ASEAN countries, are anticipated to witness high demand for automatic cars, especially India, with the continually growing vehicle population.

In India, the demand for automatic transmission cars and SUVs has significantly increased over the past three years.

During 2014-2015, the sales of passenger cars with automatic transmission accounted for 5% of the total sales. By the end of 2018, this figure increased to 12% of the total passenger car sales, accounting for about 3.7 lakh units a year. Maruti Suzuki was the largest producer of automatic cars in India, with sales accounting to over 1.5 lakh units in 2018.

Almost 80% of the cars sold in India are under the price range of 12 lakhs. Within this price range, Maruti Suzuki’s Vitara Brezza, Dzire, Baleno, Toyota’s Yaris, and Honda’s Amaze are the top-selling automatic transmission cars in the country.

Although most Indian buyers prefer a manual SUV, the demand for automatic transmission SUVs has increased over the past two years. Most of the premium SUV models available in the Indian market, such as Skoda Kodiaq, Volkswagen Tiguan, Audi Q-Series, BMW X-Series, etc., have an automatic transmission as a standard system.

In the light of the worsening road conditions, advancements in technology, growing preference toward economy and convenience, and rising demand for fuel-efficient cars, the demand for automatic transmission vehicles in India are expected to grow rapidly during the forecast period.

Although the market is running slow, the Dual Clutch Automatic Gearbox is gaining popularity because of it's high speed gearshift rate which is very useful and is being employed in most of the performance and super cars.

Competitive Landscape

The automotive automatic transmission market is highly consolidated, with major players, like ZF Friedrichshafen AG, Continental AG, Eaton Corporation PLC, Magna International Inc., and Aisin Seiki Co Ltd, dominating the market. Transmission system manufacturers are motivated to provide cost-effective solutions without compromising on the performance of the vehicle. Dealers are focusing on globalization and innovating products to obey the emission norms. For this reason, dealers are working with native partners, and OEMs are focusing on developing new technologies to save manufacturing costs, while offering effective technologies in the market.

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  • Aisin Seiki Co Ltd
  • BorgWarner Inc.
  • Continental AG
  • Daimler AG
  • Delphi Automotive
  • Eaton Corporation PLC
  • MORE
1.1 Study Assumptions
1.2 Scope of the Study



4.1 Market Restraints
4.2 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis
4.2.1 Threat of New Entrants
4.2.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers
4.2.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.2.4 Threat of Substitute Products
4.2.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

5.1 Type
5.1.1 Automatic Transmission (AT)
5.1.2 Automatic Manual Transmission (AMT)
5.1.3 Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT)
5.1.4 Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT)
5.2 Fuel Type
5.2.1 Gasoline (Petrol)
5.2.2 Diesel
5.2.3 Hybrid
5.3 Vehicle Type
5.3.1 Passenger Cars
5.3.2 Light Commercial Vehicles (LCVs)
5.3.3 Heavy Commercial Vehicles (HCVs)
5.4 Geography
5.4.1 North America United States Canada Rest of North America
5.4.2 Europe Germany United Kingdom France Italy Rest of Europe
5.4.3 Asia-Pacific China Japan India South Korea Rest of Asia-Pacific
5.4.4 South America Brazil Argentina Rest of South America
5.4.5 Rest of the World United Arab Emirates Saudi Arabia Other Countries

6.1 Vendor Market Share
6.2 Company Profiles*
6.2.1 Aisin Seiki Co Ltd
6.2.2 Allison Transmission Holdings
6.2.3 BorgWarner Inc.
6.2.4 Continental AG
6.2.5 Daimler AG
6.2.6 Delphi Automotive
6.2.7 Eaton Corporation PLC
6.2.8 Fiat Powertrain Technologies
6.2.9 Jatco Ltd.
6.2.10 Magna International Inc.
6.2.11 NSK Ltd.
6.2.12 Valeo
6.2.13 ZF Friedrichshafen AG

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A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes:

  • Aisin Seiki Co Ltd
  • Allison Transmission Holdings
  • BorgWarner Inc.
  • Continental AG
  • Daimler AG
  • Delphi Automotive
  • Eaton Corporation PLC
  • Fiat Powertrain Technologies
  • Jatco Ltd.
  • Magna International Inc.
  • NSK Ltd.
  • Valeo
  • ZF Friedrichshafen AG
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