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Electronics

ZF Launches Front Electric Parking Brake

Performance, design and weight benefits coming to smaller vehicles

Regulations

Lawsuits Target Millions of ZF-TRW Airbag Controllers

Millions of airbag control modules may fail in a crash and prevent the airbags from deploying, according to two lawsuits that seek class-action status in the U.S.

Business

U.S. Steps Up Probe of 12.3 Million Faulty Airbag Controllers

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has upgraded a year-old investigation into an electrical flaw in 12.3 million TRW Automotive airbag controllers linked to eight fatalities.

Business

Autoliv, TRW Fined $416 Million for Price Fixing in Europe

The European Commission has fined Autoliv and TRW for conspiring to rig prices for seatbelts, airbags and steering wheels supplied to BMW and Volkswagen Group.

Propulsion

UPDATE: Wabco Confirms Sale Talks with ZF

German powertrain and electronics supplier ZF Friedrichshafen AG has begun talks about buying American rival Wabco Holdings Inc.

Northrop Grumman Exec Joins GM Board

General Motors Co. is adding Wes Bush, chairman of Northrop Grumman Corp.’s board of directors, as a director to its own board.

Materials & Lightweighting

Former ZF Exec Tapped to Head Chassix

Chassix Inc., a Southfield, Mich.-based supplier of aluminum and cast iron  casting machined chassis, powertrain and sub-frame components, has appointed Andreas Weller as president and CEO, effective immediately.

FCA Appoints Outsiders as COO, PR Chief for N. America

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV has named former executives from Amazon and Shell Oil to be chief operating officer and head of communications for its North American business.

Report: Former ZF CEO to Join Volkswagen

Stefan Sommer, who was ousted as CEO of ZF Friedrichshafen AG last December, reportedly will join Volkswagen AG as the company’s purchasing chief.

Economics

ZF Posts Record Sales as Operating Profits Rise

ZF Friedrichshafen AG reports its pretax earnings in 2017 rose 5% to €2.2 billion ($2.7 billion), as sales climbed 4% to a record €36.4 billion ($45 billion).

Business

EC Fines Three Suppliers €151 Million for Price Fixing

The European Commission has fined Bosch, Continental and NGK a combined €151 million ($185 million) for conspiring to control competition for sparkplugs and electronic braking systems in Europe.

Business

ZF Eyes Another Large Acquisition

CEO Stefan Sommer says ZF Friedrichshafen AG is financially strong enough to make another big acquisition similar in size to its $13.5 billion takeover of TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. two years ago.

Business

ZF Buys Stake in Radar Company

ZF Friedrichshafen AG has acquired a 45% stake in Germany’s Astyx Communication & Sensors GmbH, which supplies ultra-high-frequency radar sensors and modules used in automated and driver-assist systems.

Design

Engineering the Elio

Elio Motors is something of a brash company.

Business

ZF to Sell Body Control Unit

ZF Friedrichshafen AG is preparing an estimated $1 billion deal to sell its Body Controls Systems unit in an effort to pay down debt, sources tell Reuters.

Mobility

ZF Buys Stake in Lidar Supplier

ZF Friedrichshafen AG has acquired a 40% stake in Ibeo Automotive Systems GmbH, a Hamburg, Germany-based supplier of lidar and other technologies aimed at self-driving vehicles.

Business

Airbag Market in India Poised to Surge

Only about one in three passenger vehicles sold in India today comes equipped with airbags.

Interiors

Airbags on the Outside

Airbags are seemingly everywhere on the interior of vehicles. But what about on the outside? One day we could see them there, too.

Design

The “Eyes” of Self-Driving Cars

To become truly self driving, cars will need multiple means of identifying such objects as lane markings, traffic signs, pedestrians and nearby vehicles, notes Sharath Reddy, engineering director for active and passive safety technology at ZF TRW.

Mobility

The Brains Behind Self-Driving Cars

Perhaps the biggest challenge in bringing self-driving cars to market is giving them enough brainpower to process data about their driving environment and respond appropriately, says Andy Whydell, director, Global Electronics Product Planning at ZF TRW.

Automatic Lane Changing

  Cars are coming to market now that can automatically stay in their own lane and maintain a proper distance from the vehicle ahead.

Interiors & Electronics

ZF to Open Global Electronics HQ Outside Detroit

ZF Friedrichshafen AG plans to open a 171,000-sq-ft global electronics headquarters for its ZF TRW unit in Farmington Hills, Mich., by June, Crain’s Detroit Business reports.