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ZF says TRW takeover creates supplier ready for self-driving age

Sept. 16, 2014 14:19 CET
ZF wants to purchase TRW to create a global supplier ready for an age of self-driving cars. "The major motivation for this transaction is technology driven, in the field of electromobility and ... autonomous driving," ZF CEO Stefan Sommer said....
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Bosch benefits from ZF's bid to buy TRW

Sept. 16, 2014 12:45 CET
Robert Bosch is an unexpected beneficiary of ZF's plans to purchase TRW. Bosch is poised to take full control of a steering joint venture it co-founded with ZF that makes systems that are key to creating driverless cars....
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GM 8-speed likely to get wide use

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 30, 2014
The eight-speed automatic transmission that will soon debut in the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette is expected to get broad use in General Motors trucks and luxury cars in coming years....
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Transmission parts supplier to invest $42 million in Mich. plant

3:21 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 28, 2014
Transform Automotive is expanding in Michigan after landing a new contract to build transmissions parts. The machined, metal-stamped and laser-welded parts supplier plans to invest nearly $42 million to lease and build out a new manufacturing plant in Shelby Township, Mich., a suburb east of Detroit....
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2015 Corvette will get 29 mpg highway, GM says

8:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2014
An 8-speed automatic transmission debuting in the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette boosts fuel economy by 3.5 percent over the six-speed it replaces and gives the General Motors long-running sports car an EPA highway rating of 29 mpg, its highest rating ever....
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ZF talks for TRW said to hinge on Bosch JV exit

Aug. 15, 2014 10:25 CET
ZF's ambitions to takeover TRW and become the world's No. 2 supplier are being held up by negotiations to exit a steering-systems joint venture with Robert Bosch, according to people familiar with the matter....
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KEITH CRAIN

You ain't seen nothing yet

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
With car shows filling the calendar across the country, it's a good time to contemplate your favorite car from the 1960s or 1970s....
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Hybrid technology helps fuel transmission transformation

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
Transmission manufacturers such as ZF Friedrichshafen AG are adapting their transmissions for use in plug-in hybrid vehicles by replacing the torque converter with an electric motor....
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After investment, Aisin eyes N.A. profit surge

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
After scrambling to improve its North American manufacturing base, Japanese supplier Aisin Seiki Co. targets a dramatic improvement of profit margin in the region. But its biggest challenge remains finding high-quality American subsuppliers....
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INTERACTIVE

Volkswagen, Renault are Europe's engine plant leaders

Aug. 1, 2014 06:01 CET
Automotive News Europe's Guide to Powertrains shows the 83 locations where 19 automakers and suppliers produce the engines and transmissions that help drive the auto industry in Europe....
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Silverado, Sierra, Yukon Denali with V-8 to feature new 8-speed transmission

1:57 pm U.S. ET | July 18, 2014
A new eight-speed automatic transmission will come standard on some 2015 Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra and GMC Yukon Denali/Yukon XL Denali models with a 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V-8 engine, GM said today....
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Nissan tweaks CVTs to be less CVT-like

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13, 2014
A software change that makes a continuously variable transmission sound and feel less like a CVT will go into every CVT-equipped Nissan model....
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Chrysler gives Jeep Cherokee 9-speed another reset

May 30, 2014 06:01 CET
Chrysler Group continues to tweak the software that operates the complex nine-speed automatic transmissions it will use to power all of its front-wheel-drive-based vehicles, including the Jeep Cherokee....
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Jeep 9-speed needs a reset again

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 26, 2014
Chrysler Group continues to tweak the software that operates the complex nine-speed automatic transmissions it will use to power all of its front-wheel-drive-based vehicles. A new software recalibration covers more than 100,000 Jeep Cherokees built before May 5 to address continuing issues with the way some of the nine-speeds shift gears....
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VW confirms 10-speed tranny

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2014
Volkswagen brand development chief Heinz-Jakob Neusser confirmed plans to produce a 10-speed dual-clutch automatic at an engine symposium here. The transmission was unveiled a year ago at the same event....
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Chrysler makes 9-speeds at plant it once ditched

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 17, 2014
Chrysler Group began producing new fuel-saving transmissions last month at a 782,000-square-foot plant about an hour north of Indianapolis that it once abandoned....
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Marchionne: Chrysler to embrace hybrids to meet mpg rules

3:04 pm U.S. ET | May 13, 2014
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne said today that Chrysler Group increasingly will have to turn to electrification of its vehicles to meet the government's rules requiring cars and light trucks to average 54.5 mpg by the 2025 model year....
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Chrysler plans new I-4 family, plug-ins, diesels

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 12, 2014
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, playing catch-up in the U.S. fuel-economy race, will debut a family of advanced four-cylinder gasoline engines in the next five years....
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Fiat Chrysler to replace 4-cylinder engines with new powertrain family

2:51 pm U.S. ET | May 6, 2014
To help meet tightening global fuel economy and emissions standards, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will replace its four-cylinder engine lineup with a new family of engines that share common parts and can be inexpensively customized for individual markets....
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Daimler expands Romania transmission plant to meet car demand

April 4, 2014 16:18 CET
Daimler is expanding its transmission plant in Sebes, Romania, as the manufacturer ramps up component supply to meet rising demand for Mercedes-Benz cars....
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Marchionne commits to 9-speed, says technology keeps evolving

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2014
Chrysler was forced to delay the launch of its 2014 Jeep Cherokee by two months last fall as engineers struggled with a software flaw in the SUV's nine-speed automatic. But CEO Sergio Marchionne says he remains committed to using the new transmission throughout the company's lineup of front-wheel-drive-based models....
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PSA raises transmission production on China demand

March 28, 2014 15:55 CET
PSA says it is stepping up production of transmissions at a plant in Valenciennes, northern France, to meet strong Chinese demand....
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Chrysler names ex-GM exec Lux as new transmission boss

2:47 pm U.S. ET | March 19, 2014
Chrysler Group has named a former General Motors executive as its new head of transmission powertrain. Jeffrey Lux, 50, former executive director of powertrain new-product launch for GM, replaces Mircea Gradu, who parted ways with Chrysler in January....
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Fiat recalls 500L cars in U.S. over auto-transmission issue

March 18, 2014 12:56 CET
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling 18,092 Fiat 500L cars in the United States because drivers may not be able to shift out of park, according to documents filed with U.S. safety regulators....
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VW recalls 3,837 Jetta Hybrids to replace gearbox oil

2:34 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 13, 2013
Volkswagen’s low-volume Jetta Hybrid sedan is being recalled to replace faulty gearbox oil that can put the vehicle in a “stall-like” condition, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said today....
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