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ZF Develops 9-Speed Automatic Transmission for Passenger Cars
The world's first 9-speed automatic passenger car transmission Fuel savings of up to 16 percent Stop-start, hybrid, and all-wheel drive capable At the International VDI Conference "Transmissions in Vehicles 2011", ZF Friedrichshafen AG presents an automatic transmission with nine speeds for passenger cars with fronttransverse drive. With its two model ranges, it covers a torque range between 280 and 480 Nm. Thanks to its construction kit principle, the basic transmission can be supplemented in line with special requirements. Thus, different starting elements, hybrid and all-wheel drive applications can also be implemented cost-efficiently given the restricted installation space conditions. Savings of up to 16 percent compared to today's standard 6-speed automatic transmissions in front-transverse installations: The new 9-speed automatic transmission (9HP) owes this fuel efficiency to its extremely high total spread of 9.84. Nevertheless, extremely small gear steps can be realized thanks to the nine speeds. This does not only have a positive effect on driving comfort but, in addition, the engine always runs in the consumption-optimal speed range: In the ninth speed, there are only 1,900 revolutions per minute at 120 km/h instead of 2,600 in case of transmissions featuring 6 speeds. Revolutionary transmission concept ZF realized the high number of speeds of the 9HP with the help of four individual gearsets and six shifting elements. It was a big challenge to place these additional components in the transmission; in principle, the transmission installation space in front-transverse passenger cars is highly restricted by the vehicle's width. For this reason, the gearsets have not been allocated on the 9HP's longitudinal axis but were intelligently nested in. This

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the shifting sequence control. Here.from emphasize given to comfort and optimized fuel consumption up to extremely sporty. Page 2/4.Presseinformation Press Information concept was supplemented by using hydraulically operated constant-mesh elements. a multilevel torsion damper system minimizes hydraulic losses while. already at low speeds. 2011-06-07 Enhanced performance and less fuel consumption A torque converter is used in the 9HP as the standard starting element: Particularly customers in the USA and the Asian markets esteem its smooth starting and maneuvering quality. Flexible transmission control Direct multiple gearshifts are also possible with the 9HP and give the automatic transmission its sporty character. ZF benefits from its expertise in the area of software development when engineering such highly flexible transmission controls: ATSYS. the driving strategy. For an even more direct driving experience. This aspect is particularly important with regard to the multi-speed concept of the 9HP: Thus. as a result of cost efficiency and installation space optimization reasons. ZF has designed all control components for shorter response and shift times. contains all clutch controls. Thus.unnoticed by the driver! With the 9HP. While multidisk shift elements in the open condition create drag torques. and transmission protection functions while ASIS. This is not only beneficiary for fuel consumption and comfort but also for driving dynamics. the transmission controls can be influenced by the OEM and the end customer: Shifting points and shifting dynamics are highly variable . ensures that the optimal gear is selected for each driving situation . adaptation functions. ZF engineers did not use a fully-integrated ZF Friedrichshafen AG Konzernkommunikation Corporate Communications 88038 Friedrichshafen Deutschland · Germany . these losses are very low in dog clutches. facilitating quick bridging of the torque converter lock-up clutch. actually below the threshold of perception. enhanced efficiency generated by small transmission steps is not lost again via drag losses due to the rather complex design. since these can be integrated without a major impact on the overall transmission length and still enable high efficiency.

it has been prepared as a 'construction kit': e.Presseinformation Press Information Page 3/4. The EGS's hardware layout has been designed in such a way that the different OEM requirements can be applied without any problems. It actuates the rear axle drive only when needed and. Photo: ZF ZF Friedrichshafen AG Konzernkommunikation Corporate Communications 88038 Friedrichshafen Deutschland · Germany . This diversity of the 9HP construction kit makes the transmission especially efficient for OEMs. thanks to its open software and interface structure as well as the powerful electronic control unit. hybrid drive. To this end. In addition. and cost-efficient. Thus. a stop-start function. stop-start capable. in the case of restarting. Flexible construction kit So that the new 9-speed automatic transmission can be installed in as many vehicle applications as possible. by default and without an additional oil pump. 2011-06-07 mechatronics module for all sensors. significantly smaller . actuators. The 9 HP construction kit is designed for different starting elements.hydraulic control unit (HSG). and all-wheel drive. Finally. Since. powerful. an additional transfer case can be connected for the all-wheel drive operation. it will be possible to integrate the unit flexibly in different vehicle concepts. The 9-speed automatic transmission is. the 9HP is also equipped for even more comprehensive software functions in the future. ZF developed an allwheel drive that can be decoupled (AWD Disconnect). and the electronic control unit (EGS). Caption: Flexible. the torque converter is then replaced by an electric motor. thus. The EGS's computing performance can be increased by another 30 percent when needed. response times are indeed highly spontaneous. namely on the upper side of the transmission housing.g. it is only one friction shift element that needs to be closed. saves five percent fuel compared to the permanent all-wheel drive. ZF develops and produces the EGS under its own aegis: It is installed separately from the . the 9HP is easy to hybridize: On the basis of an parallel hybrid architecture.

2011-06-07 Press contact: Thomas Wenzel. ZF annually invests about five percent of its sales (2010: EUR 646 million) in research and development.000 employees. In 2010.Presseinformation Press Information Page 4/4. +49 7541-77 ZF is a leading worldwide automotive supplier for Driveline and Chassis Technology with 117 production companies in 26 countries. In order to continue to be successful with innovative products. E-Mail: thomas. Tel. For photos and further press information please visit: ZF Friedrichshafen AG Konzernkommunikation Corporate Communications 88038 Friedrichshafen Deutschland · Germany . the Group achieved a sales figure of EUR 12.zf. Manager Technical Press.wenzel@zf. Fax: +49 7541-77 902543.9 billion with approximately 70.