PACE Awards
Nine-speed automatic transmission for front- and all-wheel-drive cars and crossovers
Company: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
What: Simple and compact transmission saves fuel
Innovation: The transverse-mounted transmission provides a wide spread of gear ratios. This keeps engine rpms in optimal range, increasing fuel efficiency. The design is also simple and compact. For instance, two of the four planetary gear sets are nested together.
First Customer: Range Rover Evoque, 2013Web site: