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Billion dollar order: ZF sells 8-speed transmissions to FCA

Billion dollar order from Fiat-Chrysler
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F he is currently running for ZF. The automotive supplier from Friedrichshafen was able to announce the second billion dollar order of the year. From 2022 onwards, ZF will deliver its further developed eight-speed automatic transmission called 8HP to Fiat-Chrysler (FCA) and thus become the Group's main supplier of automatic transmissions worldwide. The latest version of the gearbox, which has been produced since 2009, is technically optimized for the integration of electric drives. This also includes hybrid transmission variants.

Flexible eight-speed automatic

The eight-speed automatic is installed lengthways and can be installed in almost all corresponding vehicle classes. At Fiat-Chrysler, it will be used in all vehicles with rear-wheel and all-wheel drive in the front longitudinal design. 'Thanks to the modular design with different starting elements, the new generation of transmissions can be used in all passenger car applications - both conventional and electrified,' says Michael Hankel, ZF Board Member responsible for car driveline technology and electromobility.

According to the company, the sales value of the FCA deal is in the 'low billions of euros'. It is the second largest order in the company's history. ZF received the largest order in the spring: BMW also ordered the 8 HP eight-speed transmission and is spending a total of two-digit billion euros on it. Production will also start here in 2022; first in Saarbr├╝cken and later at the US location Gray Court and in Shanghai, China.

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