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ZF wins multi-billion-euro order for 8-speed automatic transmission

ZF Friedrichshafen has received a customer order with a double-digit billion euro value for its enhanced 8-speed automatic transmission. The business is planned to run over a period of several years.

The latest version of ZF’s 8-speed transmission – a technology which has been production since 2009 – has been improved by integrating an electric drive. This also includes a hybrid variant.

The new transmission generation will start series production in 2022 at ZF’s plant in Saarbrücken, the lead production facility for ZF’s automatic passenger car transmissions.

The company also plans to start production of the technology at further locations including 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. “It confirms our strategy to focus on plug-in hybrids as an everyday solution.”

The new 8-speed automatic transmission can be installed in almost all vehicle classes with a front-longitudinal drive configuration.