ZF signs transmission supply agreement with BMW

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ZF has received a multi-billion-euro customer order for its enhanced 8-speed automatic transmission. Planned for production over several years, the latest version of ZF’s 8-speed transmission has been optimized by integrating an electric drive.

The new transmission generation will start series production in 2022 at ZF’s plant in Saarbrücken, Germany, the lead production facility for the company’s automatic passenger car transmissions. Production is also planned for the USA and China in the future.

“This business win is the largest single order in the history of ZF,” said ZF’s CEO Wolf-Henning Scheider. “When it comes to the electrification of passenger cars, in addition to pure electric drives, it confirms our strategy to focus on plug-in hybrids as an every-day solution and to develop attractive products in these areas.”

The 8-speed automatic transmission can be installed in almost all vehicle classes with a front-longitudinal drive configuration. “We have consistently optimized our 8-speed automatic transmission according to future e-mobility requirements,” said Michael Hankel, member of the ZF board of management.

“With a modular construction using various starting elements, the new generation hybrid transmission offers a flexible solution which is suitable for all passenger cars – both conventional as well as electric.”

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