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Powertrain Design

Sustainable and clean powertrains require the permanent design improvement of the traditional IC engine. Due to the increasing complexity between the interrelation of the IC engine, transmission, electric motor, battery and controls, a comprehensive development approach is also required to deliver market-tailored, competitive powertrain solutions on schedule.

AVL Approach

The AVL design team represents the key role during the development process ensuring product function, cost and quality by early involvement of simulation, combustion and mechanical development, production engineering and supplier management.

With a worldwide team of more than 400 design engineers AVL offers premium solutions by taking responsibility for:

  • Prototype design
  • Pre-production and production design up to SOP and beyond
  • Technical process development

Flexible project execution is guaranteed through:

  • Integration into customer workflow and decision process
  • Experienced teams at headquarters or tech centers close to customer location
  • On-site engineering by means of fully embedded teams
  • Common methodology, tools and processes

Benefits at a Glance

AVL's experience from numerous projects with all major powertrain manufacturers worldwide provides the secure basis for a development program that results in a highly competitive product for future market demands.

Key benefits:

  • High degree of maturity of prototypes providing fully representative performance, emission, and initial durability targets by early integration of simulation results as well as series production requirements
  • Vast experience in manufacturing technology as well as established cooperation with system, component, machining, and assembly line suppliers guarantee series production feasibility
  • Proven development process representing the multidisciplinary interaction between customer, suppliers and AVL saving time and costs
  • Benchmark database of all competitor line-ups worldwide
  • Fully integrated product lifecycle management (PLM) including complete release and documentation for all development phases according to VDA standards and/or customer system
  • Early detection and solving of problems during product and process development from concept to production ramp-up


  • AVL Design has been involved in more than 1000 engine and powertrain development programs within the last decade
  • 160 powertrain design projects from 2-wheelers, passenger car diesel and gasoline, hybrids, commercial vehicles up to large engines executed annually
  • 10 complete powertrain systems designed annually
  • 10% of turnover invested in R&D annually
  • Approximately 60 patents annually