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    Recharge Wrap-up: Tesla seeks Gigafactory architect, Uber hails carpools
    Audi A3 E-Tron On Sale In Germany; Tesla Names First Female Board Member 1407419820

    Tesla is looking for an architect to help design its proposed Gigafactory battery manufacturing facility. According to the Palo Alto-based job listing, which is titled "Architect - Gigafactory," the applicant must have, among other qualifications, over five years of experience with "high-tech ...

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    Official: Jeep unveils 9-speed transmission for Cherokee

    More gears equals less fuel use in Chrysler's trademark Jeep Cherokee, as the US automaker will make a nine-speed automatic transmission standard on its 2014 Cherokee. The transmission, the world's first nine-speed automatic transmission for passenger vehicles with a front-wheel-drive layout, ...

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    Report: Chrysler adding 8-speed transmissions this year; 9-speeds are coming

    When it comes to adding transmission gears to boost fuel economy, Chrysler figures the more the merrier. For now. The U.S. automaker, which is controlled by Italy-based Fiat, will start installing eight-speed transmissions in some of its vehicles by the end of the year, with nine-speed trannies ...

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    Report: ZF boss says transmission gear count one-upsmanship nearing end

    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 dishes out details on its fuel-saving 9-speed auto transmission

    During the 2011 Detroit Auto Show, ZF announced that is was forging forward with plans to develop a nine-speed automatic transmission and the gearbox specialist is now ready to dish out some details. ZF claims that the 9HP transmission has been designed exclusively for front-wheel-drive vehicles ...

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    ZF debuts world's first nine-speed transmission, promises 16% better fuel economy

    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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    ZF 9-speed trans to boost fuel economy of FWD cars

    This week at the Detroit Auto Show, ZF announced that it's forging forward with plans to produce a nine-speed automatic transmission for front-wheel-drive vehicles. The ZF-developed nine-speed tranny incorporates advanced technology that, aside from enhancing the performance of front-wheel-drive ...

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    2011 Range Rover TDV8 gets new ZF 8-speed automatic, but not in America

    2011 Range Rover TDV8 – Click above for high-res image gallery
    For 2011, European-spec Range Rovers are getting a fresh transmission to go along with the new, Ford-built 4.4-liter turbodiesel V8. Like many of its German competitors, the Range Rovers will now be equipped with ZF's 8HP70 ...

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    Chrysler to adopt 8-speed ZF automatic transmission

    Chrysler is set to become the first U.S.-based automaker to adopt eight-speed automatic transmissions. ZF announced on Wednesday that it has reached an agreement to provide its increasingly widely used 8HP transmission for Chrysler applications. Initially, ZF will build transmissions for ...

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    ZF designs carbon fiber MacPherson strut assembly, could cut 36 pounds from each car

    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 ...

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    Nissan introduces a hybrid Cabstar in Hannover

    Nissan is going to the 62nd Hannover Motor Show with a new hybrid model aimed at the freight market: the mid-series Cabstar. This truck gets a hybrid powertrain by adding a lithium-ion power pack (codeveloped with NEC) to the standard 3.0-liter ZD30 150hp diesel engine. The coupling of the motor ...

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    Look out, Lexus! Audi and BMW bringing ZF 8-speed to market

    Last year, Lexus became the first automaker to introduce a production eight-speed automatic transmission in the latest LS460. Recently, German transmission manufacturer ZF announced a new eight-speed of its own which is claimed to provide a 14-percent boost in fuel efficiency compared to a ...

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    German transmission builder ZF producing hybrid motors for Mercedes

    German transmission supplier ZF has just started building production samples of a new electric motor that will be part of Mercedes-Benz new mild hybrid system. Mercedes co-developed the system with BMW and displayed it in several different vehicles shown at last fall's Frankfurt Motor Show. The ...

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    ZF modifies 8-speed tranny, now stop/start approved

    In the name of increased efficiency, and quite possibly playing the game of automotive one-upmanship, luxury automakers such as Mercedes Benz, BMW and Lexus have been adding more and more gear ratios to their automatic transmissions. By allowing a computer to choose the most appropriate ratio for ...

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    Editorial: Gears: The more the merrier?

    Is it solely a case of one-upmanship that is driving the number of forward gear ratios forward in today's passenger cars? Or, are consumers choosing vehicles based on the number of gears in the transmission? I am not entirely sure, but I do know that I would consider passing on a vehicle just ...

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    ZF develops new hybrid ready eight-speed autobox

    German transmission manufacturer ZF presented their new eight-speed automatic transmission at the Vienna Motor Symposium last week. The new gearbox is designed for use in passenger cars in a longitudinal configuration. The eight speed has greater power capacity than ZF's existing six speed but fits ...

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    ZF improving mileage by shifting faster

    German transmission manufacturer ZF Friedrichshafen AG introduced the first six speed automatic transmissions in 2001. Since then seven and even eight speed automatics have turned up in various vehicles like Mercedes and Lexus. Now ZF has developed a new torque converter for their six-speed boxes ...


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