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ZF Vision Zero Vehicle: Electric concept to debut in Frankfurt

The ZF Vision Zero Vehicle, a show car demonstrating the parts maker's latest technologies and a path forward to autonomous cars, will make its in-the-flesh debut the 2017 Frankfurt motor show in September...

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Meet ZF and Porsche's new eight-speed DCT
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Meet ZF and Porsche's new eight-speed DCT

German transmission-maker ZF has revealed more details on its all-new eight-speed dual-clutch auto gearbox developed with Porsche, for rear- and all-wheel-drive applications starting with the new Panamera. The DCT, dubbed a "modular hybrid transmission kit", offers quicker shifts than its predecessor, the potential for greater economy, and future-proofs its applications by better-incorporating electrification...


ZF debuts Advanced Urban Vehicle concept
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ZF debuts Advanced Urban Vehicle concept

Best known for its automatic transmissions, German component manufacturer ZF has unveiled a complete concept car, dubbed the Advanced Urban Vehicle. ZF’s pint-sized Advanced Urban Vehicle was developed from the ground up and built entirely in-house, allowing the company to experiment with a host of innovative drive systems and technologies...


ZF begins production of second-generation eight-speed automatic transmission
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ZF begins production of second-generation eight-speed automatic transmission

German gearbox specialist ZF has announced the start of production of its second-generation eight-speed automatic transmission. ZF says the new ‘8HP’ transmission has been optimised for the requirements of modern engine technology with a focus on downsizing and downspeeding, as many engines are now turbocharged, feature fewer cylinders and produce their maximum torque at a very early stage...


2015 Aston Martin Vanquish, Rapide S gain eight-speed auto
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2015 Aston Martin Vanquish, Rapide S gain eight-speed auto

Both the Aston Martin Vanquish and Rapide S have been updated for the 2015 model year with a new eight-speed transmission, as well as a smidge more power and torque. Dubbed Touchtronic III by Aston Martin's marketing department, the ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox will be fitted as standard on all MY2015 Aston Martin Vanquish and Rapide S models...


ZF GenShock suspension to convert bumps into electricity
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ZF GenShock suspension to convert bumps into electricity

German driveline and chassis technology specialist ZF is developing an advanced active suspension system able to convert kinetic energy into electricity. Dubbed 'GenShock', the active suspension system is being co-developed in partnership with Levant Power – the US-based company behind the original technology – and features an integrated energy recovery system...


Range Rover Evoque to debut world's first nine-speed auto
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Range Rover Evoque to debut world's first nine-speed auto

The Range Rover Evoque will become the first regular production car equipped with a nine-speed automatic transmission when it debuts at next week's 2013 Geneva motor show. The '9HP' nine-speed auto, developed in collaboration with German transmission specialist ZF, will initially replace the existing six-speed auto in the Evoque line-up before likely being rolled out into other models in the Land Rover and Range Rover portfolios...


New Jeep Cherokee spied, will use Fiat platform
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New Jeep Cherokee spied, will use Fiat platform

A replacement for the six-year-old Jeep Cherokee is being readied for production, the third-generation mid-sized SUV snapped here in testing ahead of its predicted unveiling at the New York auto show in late March. Head of US sales for the Chrysler Group, Reid Bigland, confirmed at the Detroit auto show that for the first time the Cherokee nameplate will be used in all markets – the previous two generations were badged Liberty in North America only...


Nine-speed gearbox the "limit of efficiency": ZF senior executive
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Nine-speed gearbox the "limit of efficiency": ZF senior executive

A leading executive from German transmission manufacturer ZF says the group’s nine-speed automatic transmission that is about to be launched in several Chrysler models in the US is the limit of efficiency. In an interview with CarAdvice, ZF Asia Pacific managing director Joseph McCorry said transmission technology had reached a ceiling in terms of efficiency gains from adding extra ratios...


Ford, GM to collaborate on nine- and 10-speed transmissions: report
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Ford, GM to collaborate on nine- and 10-speed transmissions: report

Fierce automotive rivals Ford and General Motors will reportedly announce a partnership next month that will see the two Detroit-based manufacturing giants collaborate on next-generation nine- and 10-speed automatic transmissions. The New York Times reports Ford Motor Company and GM will form an alliance to develop a number of high-ratio transmissions for their future passenger cars and light-commercial vehicles...


ZF: Transmission ratio war coming to an end
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ZF: Transmission ratio war coming to an end

A senior executive from leading German transmission manufacturer ZF Friedrichshafen AG believes the battle between car and component makers to add more gears to their automatic transmissions could be coming to an end. ZF North America president Julio Caspari told US industry journal Automotive News he is unsure if the potential fuel efficiency gains achievable by adding more ratios to auto gearboxes are great enough to justify their significant development and production costs...