Powertrain Design for Heavy-Duty On-Road

Give your customer the best reasons to buy your product: high efficiency, reliability, driveability, low fuel consumption and conformity with the newest emission standards - and select the best partner to realize it as effective as possible. AVL's team of experienced design engineers is familiar with the special tasks of commercial vehicles of all sizes – and how to solve them. We will help you find the optimal design with a balance between increasing powertrain complexity and the life cycle costs of the vehicle.

Customer Benefits

Development and design is our business – AVL has set trends with the development of more than twenty engines and powertrains over the last few years. Use our expertise for your advantage:

  • Deep knowledge of the newest technologies for heavy-duty powertrains (partly hybridization, waste heat recovery etc.)
  • Access to AVL patented key technologies to cope with future emission and reliability requirements (AVL top-down cooling system, unique main bearing wall concept)
  • Integration of modular EAS-System into vehicle package
  • Mass production supplier involvement in an early design stage
  • Gain synergy effects of entire product portfolio at AVL


AVL is the worldwide the preferred partner for commercial powertrain design and development from light and medium-duty, right up to heavy-duty applications.

  • Market leader for medium-duty engine families in the Indian market
  • Market leader for HD engines up to 16L swept volume
  • HD truck transmissions up to 2600 Nm, 9 to 16 speed
  • Unique DCT transmission technology for HD application
  • Electrification of auxiliaries (multi-fan drive)
  • Development of Euro6 and Tier4 final powertrains for leading OEMs


  • Validated concept decisions on system and component level by elaborated design methodology and powerful simulation tools
  • Intelligent solutions for stringent emission scenarios through optimized powertrain and exhaust aftertreatment systems (EAS)
  • Optimized fuel consumption through manual shift, AMT and DCT transmissions, in combination with optimized engine setup
  • Optimized validation planning for targeted lifetime and predicted duty-cycles with AVL Load-Matrix
  • Innovative solutions for vehicle cooling (e.g. multi-fan drive) including thermal management systems
  • Target and trend analysis on the base of a comprehensive benchmark and measurement data database