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TWTW: VW admits size isn’t everything

Volkswagen Group stayed very much in the news this week. The company posted a set of results that were dragged down by provision made for co...


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THE WEEK THAT WAS: Minding the shop

Graeme Roberts | 3 Jul 2015

This week it was, for once, my turn to stay back and mind the shop while colleagues scurried hither and yon to bring you news and interviews from a number of events here in Olde Engerland and Europe, all the while enduring 35C 'heatwaves', rail delays due to the 'wrong kind of heat', missed plane connections and the usual summer chaos.

RESEARCH SNAPSHOT: Review of shock absorbers

Matthew Beecham | 22 Jun 2015

Continuing just-auto's series of research snapshots - pulled from its automotive research platform, QUBE - Matthew Beecham reviews some novel shocks and asks: what does the autonomous car mean for suspension manufacturers?


Matthew Beecham | 15 Jun 2015

Continuing just-auto's series of research snapshots - pulled from its automotive research platform, QUBE - Matthew Beecham looks at how the application of electric power steering (EPS) is shaping up in developed and emerging markets as well as some novel steering and reversing innovations.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Dawn returns again...

Dave Leggett | 15 May 2015

We heard this week that Toyota and Mazda are interested in working together in the future. Toyota is obviously the bigger player, but Mazda has some interesting plus points, not least its Skyactiv powertrain technology that improves ICE efficiency.

Latest Interviews

Nexteer president and COO Laurent Bresson

Calum MacRae | 19 Jan 2015

Nexteer, the former GM Saginaw steering division, has flourished under the ownership of China-based Pacific Century Motors its owner since 2011. Calum MacRae caught up with Nexteer’s president and COO Laurent Bresson at the recent NAIAS.

INTERVIEW: Shell's Dr. Jens Sommer

Calum MacRae | 11 Nov 2014

Dr. Jens Sommer has worked as Senior Transmission Expert in Shell Global Solutions in Germany since 2010. Currently, he is based at Shell's new Technology Centre in Shanghai to support local OEMs. As Senior Transmission Expert, Dr. Sommer is in charge of manual transmission and dry dual clutch transmission fluid development activities, which covers passenger cars as well as heavy duty applications.

Latest News

ZF to consolidate e-mobility into new division

Graeme Roberts | 22 Oct 2015

Starting in 2016, ZF will combine all electromobility-related activities in a new e-mobility division, based at the company's Schweinfurt location, the supplier has announced. It is also moving shock absorber production out of Germany.

ZF TRW promotes sales chief

Graeme Roberts | 6 Oct 2015

The head of sales of ZF TRW, Peter Lake, has become a new member of the board of management of ZF Friedrichshafen AG and is now also responsible for corporate market in the ZF Group. Lake, 59, has been head of sales and business development at what is now ZF TRW in Livonia near Detroit since 2002. He contributed significantly to the integration of the British automotive supplier Lucas-Varity into what was then TRW Automotive.

ZF Hero opens BMW axle plant in Chennai

Graeme Roberts | 28 Sep 2015

ZF Hero Chassis Systems has opened a factory in Oragadam, Chennai to assemble front and rear axle modules for the nearby BMW car assembly plant.

Next decade will transform mobility – ZF TRW

Dave Leggett | 22 Sep 2015

ZF TRW, the Active and Passive Safety Technology Division of ZF AG, says it is uniquely positioned to deliver the automated driving functions of the next decade as mobility is transformed.

ZF introduces clutch-by-wire for passenger cars

Graeme Roberts | 21 Sep 2015

ZF has introduced clutch-by-wire (CBW) that, it claims, for the first time, controls the clutch independently of the driver's left foot and without a mechanical connection to the pedal. This adds functions to manual systems that were previously reserved for automatic or automated transmissions - particularly fuel-minimising coasting.

Google 'does not want to manufacture cars'

Dave Leggett | 16 Sep 2015

The latest remarks by Google executives suggest that the company is planning to avoid becoming a vehicle manufacturer. The company is assessing how it delivers a self-driving car, but appears keen to work with established suppliers on the project.

ZF starts BMW hybrid transmission production

Graeme Roberts | 8 Sep 2015

ZF has started production of a transmission that integrates a high-performance and compact electric motor into its latest eight-speed automatic gearbox - a hybridised drive system that has been specifically designed to meet plug-in requirements. Vehicles can now be driven purely electrically over comparably long distances and significantly faster at up to 120km/h (80mph).

Franz Kleiner to head expanded ZF safety division

Dave Leggett | 3 Sep 2015

Franz Kleiner, appointed member of the ZF board of management for the Region of North America at the beginning of 2015, has taken over as head of the ZF Active and Passive Safety Technology division from 1 September. In this division, ZF continues the entire business activities of TRW Automotive, which was acquired in the middle of May 2015. John Plant, long-standing CEO of TRW, will hand over the management of the company to Dr. Kleiner, but will remain with ZF as an advisor until the end of 2015.

ZF TRW secures two safety domain ECU deals

Simon Warburton | 1 Sep 2015

ZF TRW says it has has won two business awards with North American and European vehicle manufacturers for its second generation safety domain electronic control unit (ECU SDE 2).

Rane TRW opens airbag manufacturing plant

Simon Warburton | 25 Aug 2015

Rane TRW Steering Systems Occupant Safety Division - a 50:50 joint venture between Rane group and ZF TRW - has opened an airbag manufacturing plant located near its seatbelt factory in Singaperumal Koil, Chennai.

VW nominates 44 suppliers for collaboration

Simon Warburton | 10 Aug 2015

Volkswagen Group has nominated the first 44 suppliers who will be collaborating on a new common strategic level under the joint FAST (Future Automotive Supply Tracks) initiative.

JCI confirms auto exit as supplier eddies swirl

Simon Warburton | 24 Jul 2015

Johnson Controls has confirmed speculation circulating last month it was to divest its automotive business by announcing plans to spin off the division in around 12 months.

BorgWarner supplies ZF wet friction technology

Simon Warburton | 17 Jul 2015

BorgWarner says it is supplying its wet friction technology for ZF's new 8- and 9-speed automatic transmissions.

Societal change to drive future car buying: ZF TRW

Simon Warburton | 13 Jul 2015

ZF TRW says fundamental changes in the way society looks at vehicle ownership as well as far higher levels of automated driving will shape car purchases in the next decade or so.

ZF TRW rides long-term CO2 reduction trend

Simon Warburton | 10 Jul 2015

ZF TRW says it remains convinced CO2 emissions reduction is on an irreversible downward path as regulators flex ever stronger muscles when it comes to pollution.

ZF TRW secures S-Cam4 family contract

Simon Warburton | 8 Jul 2015

ZF TRW says it has secured initial contracts for its next generation camera system - the S-Cam4 family - with an unnamed major European manufacturer.

ZF TRW unveils third generation video camera

Simon Warburton | 7 Jul 2015

ZF TRW has unveiled its third generation video camera, the S-Cam 3, with production starting for the first time across four major global vehicle platforms.

Automated advances "pebble in the pond": ZF TRW

Simon Warburton | 6 Jul 2015

Mega-supplier ZF TRW says automated driving capability will rapidly expand in functionality as systems become ever-more refined.

ZF and TRW continue local and global supply roles

Simon Warburton | 6 Jul 2015

ZF TRW says it expects the newly-merged giants to continue their previous roles of working in support of domestic and worldwide supply chains as the nascent company beds down to become the globe's third largest component manufacturer.

ZF TRW 'continues direction' of affordable safety

Simon Warburton | 3 Jul 2015

Newly-formed ZF TRW says it will retain the 'affordable safety' value adopted by the US supplier as huge company settles in to its position as the world's third largest component producer.

TRW acquisition by ZF more than 1+1=2: Peter Lake

Simon Warburton | 3 Jul 2015

ZF TRW says it is looking to leverage the power of its combined operations and insists there is relatively little duplication in the new company following the acquisition by the German supplier of the American component producer.

New ZF TRW supplier stresses core values

Simon Warburton | 3 Jul 2015

Newly-formed ZF TRW says it will develop a common culture in time as the new mega supplier looks to capitalise on the overall worldwide recovery in the automotive sector.

Latest blogs

TRW and ZF

Dave Leggett | 15 Sep 2014

We're digesting the news that TRW will be (subject to the usual approvals) acquired by ZF. Looks like ZF has paid top dollar.

Swish Cobo kicks off Detroit show

Simon Warburton | 14 Jan 2014

My first Society of Automotive Analysts (SAA) Outlook Conference yesterday (12 January) afternoon in the renovated Cobo Center in downtown Detroit and a pretty impressive 150 delegates made the sessions lively and entertaining.

Company research

ZF Friedrichshafen AG - Strategic SWOT Analysis Review

ZF Friedrichshafen AG - Strategic SWOT Analysis Review

ZF Friedrichshafen AG (ZF) is an automotive company. The company manufactures and markets automotive parts for the automotive industry. Its products include transmission components, steering systems,...

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Global Off-Highway Hybrid Commercial Vehicle Components Market 2014-2018

Global Off-Highway Hybrid Commercial Vehicle Components Mark

The use of hybrid technology was prominent in passenger cars earlier; however, advances in technology have ensured its widespread adoption in vehicles other than passenger cars. Also, rise in fuel pri...

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Advanced Suspension System Trends

Advanced Suspension System Trends

Advanced suspension systems are relatively new electronically-controlled systems that enhance vehicle stability, road handling and ride quality. These systems use a lightweight material; as well as fa...

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