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    Recalls: Chrysler recalls AWD 300, Charger, Ram 1500 over ZF transmission
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    What do the Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Ram 1500 all have in common? Yes, they're all Chrysler products, and two of them are based on the same platform. And we're sure you could find more similarities between them all, but the common trait we're looking at here is that, while they all come ...

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    Followup: What's really going on with the 2014 Jeep Cherokee's transmission issues?
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    On September 23, Automotive News reported that Chrysler had idled the second shift workers it hired just five weeks prior at its Toledo Assembly Complex to build the 2014 Jeep Cherokee. At the time, Chrysler said it had "built the critical number of vehicles we need to stock dealerships once ...

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    Official: ZF announces new GenShock energy-recovery suspension
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    It's only a matter of time before cars' suspensions become a part of the electric power-regeneration process (similar to regenerative braking), and that time is coming very soon courtesy of ZF Friedrichshafen AG and Levant Power Corp. Levant Power has been developing what it calls ...

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    Official: Land Rover announces 2014 Evoque drivetrain enhancements
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    The Range Rover Evoque has only been on the market for a year or so now, but already Land Rover is introducing a series of enhancements – and they're not just limited to the striking Zanzibar Bronze paint pictured here. Most of the changes revolve around the drivetrain and how the Evoque ...

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    Official: Land Rover bringing world's first nine-speed automatic transmission to Geneva
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    Among the future shocks to be shown at the rapidly approaching Geneva Motor Show, Land Rover will be displaying a nine-speed transmission it has been working with ZF to develop. Engineered for transverse – read: usually front-wheel drive – applications, the ZF 9HP will replace the ...

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    Report: ZF CEO cites 9 speeds as "natural limit" for transmissions
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    How many is too many? When you're talking the number of ratios offered in automatic transmissions, it seems the industry is always interested in adding one more gear; four-speeds turned into five, then six, seven and now eight. Where will it all end? According to Stefan Sommer, CEO of ...

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    Report: Ford, GM co-developing 9- and 10-speed gearboxes
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    The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid and Ford with partner with General Motors on new transmission technology. Has anyone dusted off that old Mayan calendar lately? We're not sure that a Ford/GM tech share speaks to the end of days, but we're not ruling ...

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    Report: ZF boss says transmission gear count one-upsmanship nearing end
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    Remember the Powerglide? An automatic with two forward speeds, it's almost inconceivable today that such a transmission was ever state of the art. Why, we've heard plenty of grumbling from the peanut gallery about Honda and its continued widespread use of a five-speed automatic when most of the ...

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    ZF debuts world's first nine-speed transmission, promises 16% better fuel economy
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    Back in January, ZF Friedrichshafen AG promised a nine-speed transmission, and now the gearbox specialists are ready to deliver some details. ZF claims that the 9HP transmission has been designed for front-wheel-drive vehicles with transversely mounted engines. More importantly for automakers ...

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    Saab establishing new chassis factory with ZF in Sweden
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    Component suppliers form a huge part of the automotive industry, and few are as big – or as old – as ZF. The German consortium dates back nearly a century, and today has some 123 factories in 27 countries. Make that 124 in 28, now, as the company has announced plans for a new facility ...

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    2012 BMW M5 to be automatic only?
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    2012 BMW M5 spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery
    As enthusiasts, we can't help but get depressed over the near-extinction of the manual transmission. More and more of our favorite performance cars are being offered without three-pedal setups, and if you believe the latest ...

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    Report: Pentastar V6 models first to get ZF eight-speed autos at Chrysler
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    2011 Dodge Charger - Click above for high-res image gallery
    Chrysler's LX platform cars will pick up a new eight-speed automatic transmission made by ZF for the 2012 model year. The Dodge Charger, Challenger and Chrysler 300 will benefit mightily from the new transmission that will ...

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    ZF developed nine-speed transmission is coming
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    Did your favorite brand just move to six-speed automatics? Are you already cruising along happily in seventh gear or perhaps you're enjoying the scenery with your transmission lazily churning in eighth. Well move over because ZF is getting ready to produce a nine-speed automatic gearbox. Marking ...

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    Chrysler plans eight-speed automatic production in Indiana [w/video]
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    Chrysler eight-speed automatic transmission – click above to watch the video
    Chrysler has announced that it will begin fitting an eight-speed transmission to select models for the 2013 model year. The ZF Group-sourced slushbox will be built at Team Pentastar's Kokomo, Indiana transmission ...

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    ZF designs carbon fiber MacPherson strut assembly
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    Carbon fiber has long been heralded as a wonder material for the automotive industry due to its inherent strength and light weight. Despite this favorable strength-to-weight ratio and the fact that it's now been around for decades in one form or another, the composite has yet to see widespread use ...

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    CONFIRMED: Rolls-Royce RR4 getting 500+HP turbo V12, 8-speed gearbox
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    Rolls-Royce 200EX Geneva debut – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Historically, Rolls-Royce has somewhat smugly declined to quote horsepower numbers, utilizing amusingly evasive language like "entirely sufficient" to describe its engines' power outputs. Perhaps a sign of the times, ...

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    Chrysler, ZF partnering on axle plant in Michigan
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    One door closes, another one opens. Just as Chrysler is working to extricate itself from its deal with Getrag, the Pentastar people are about to announce a deal with ZF Friedrichshafen AG. Chrysler is erecting a plant in Marysville, Michigan that will build axles and employ 900 workers, but word is ...

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    ZF may share new Chrysler axle plant
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    Before Cerberus took over Chrysler, the Auburn Hills-based automaker announced that it would build a new axle plant in Marysville, MI as part of a broader plan to spend $3 billion on infrastructure upgrades. The new plant is under construction and scheduled to open in 2010, but the three headed ...

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