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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 costs associated with ‘dieselgate’. I suspect it won’t be the last set of disappointing results to come out of Wolfsburg.
Lots happening in the autobiz this week and the excitement building as we head into Frankfurt show media week is palpable. Hence full pictures - at last - of Jaguar's F-Pace SUV, a story that attracted lots of attentions from just-auto readers this week.
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.
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?
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.
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.
ZF says it is bundling activities which will shape the future of e-mobility into its new ‘E-Mobility Division’ which will be focused on market opportunities in China.
ZF board member, Peter Lake is to assume responsibility for Asia-Pacific, which has seen sales double in the region from around EUR3bn (US$3.4bn) to EUR6.4bn.
ZF TRW, the active and passive safety division of ZF Friedrichshafen, has opened the crash sled section of its Anting Technical Centre in China.
ZF Friedrichshafen says it generated Group sales of EUR29.2bn (US$32.7bn) in fiscal year 2015, including EUR8.9bn from ZF TRW, which has been integrated as the new Active & Passive Safety Technology Division since the acquisition in May last year.
ZF TRW says it is pursuing an expansionist policy in increasing its R&D capability as it cements further the newly integrated halves of the merged companies.
Demographic drivers as well as increasing demand for lifestyle choices are pushing partially-automated fitment rates says ZF TRW.
ZF TRW, the Active and Passive Safety Division of ZF Friedrichshafen AG, has announced it has entered into a sale agreement for its global Engineered Fasteners and Components business to Illinois Tool Works (ITW) for approximately US$450m.
ZF unveiled four new approaches to the human-machine interface (HMI) as part of its cockpit concept at the CES 2016 show in Las Vegas.
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.
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 Chassis Systems has opened a factory in Oragadam, Chennai to assemble front and rear axle modules for the nearby BMW car assembly plant.
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 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.
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 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, 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 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 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.
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.
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 says it is supplying its wet friction technology for ZF's new 8- and 9-speed automatic transmissions.
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.
We're digesting the news that TRW will be (subject to the usual approvals) acquired by ZF. Looks like ZF has paid top dollar.
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.
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