ZF Sachs
Robert Bosch GmbH
Opel Kapitan

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ZF Friedrichshafen

Knowledge Identifier: &ZF_Friedrichshafen


ZF Friedrichshafen

Worldwide supplier of driveline and chassis technology for cars and commercial vehicles, along with specialist plant equipment such as construction equipment add

Category: Business (14)

Founded in 1915.

Countries: Germany (50%), (27%), France (9%)

Main connections: ZF Electronics, ZF Sachs, Mercedes-Benz

Linked to: ZF Sachs, Ford Motor Company, BMW, LiuGong




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The company was founded in 1915 in Friedrichshafen, Germany by Ferdinand von Zeppelin, to produce gears for Zeppelins and other airships add something


By 1919, ZF had moved into the automobile market, a move consolidated by the terms of the Treaty of Versailles add something


Opel Kapitan - Like its more expensive brethren, the Kapitän was reworked in late 1967 and received rub strips, a new &ZF (ZF_Friedrichshafen) steering and a collapsible steering column


Opel Diplomat - In September 1967 the Diplomat received a work-over consisting of rub strips on its flanks, new recirculating ball steering by &ZF (ZF_Friedrichshafen) and heated rear window


The Ecomat automatic transmission range which was introduced in 1980, is frequently used in buses add something


Citroen CX - Manual, semi-automatic and, ultimately, fully automatic transmissions were fitted, the fully automatic &ZF (ZF_Friedrichshafen) transmission replacing the C-Matic in 1980


Peugeot 604 - From January 1981, the automatic gearboxes used in the 604 were no longer sourced from General Motors' factory in Alsace, but rather from &ZF (ZF_Friedrichshafen) in Germany


BMW 3 Series (E30) - Both automatic transmissions were manufactured by &ZF (ZF_Friedrichshafen) - they were the 3-speed 3 HP 22, which was available on the M10 316 and 318i models until year 1985, and the 4-speed 4 HP 22, which was available on all models later


Chevrolet Corvette - The transmission proved to be problematic and was replaced by a modern &ZF (ZF_Friedrichshafen) 6-speed manual gearbox in 1989


Brennabor - Since 1991 the former factory has housed a training centre owned by a subsidiary of the auto-engineering company, &ZF_Group (ZF_Friedrichshafen)


BMW 5 Series (E34) - "'540i 1995 with 5-speed &ZF (ZF_Friedrichshafen) automatic transmission:"'


In 1999 the steering systems division was made separate and became the new ZF Lenksysteme GmbH, an independent, 50:50 joint venture between ZF Friedrichshafen AG and Robert Bosch GmbH add something


ZF Sachs - In 2001, Sachs was sold to ZF Friedrichshafen AG, and renamed to "ZF Sachs AG"


Jaguar XK (X100) - Initially the &ZF (ZF_Friedrichshafen) ZF 5HP24 five-speed automatic transmission was coupled to the conventionally aspirated 4,0-litre model and a Mercedes W5A580 five-speed transmission to the Supercharged version, but in 2002 the new ZF 6HP26 six-speed automatic transmission was fitted in both versions of the 4,2-litre model


Ford Territory - An updated SY model arrived in October 2005, bringing with it a &ZF (ZF_Friedrichshafen) six-speed automatic transmission on all AWD models and an increase in power to


In 2008 ZF had a profit of 434 Million Euros from a total business volume of 12,5 Billion Euros add something


ZF Electronics - In 2008, Cherry GmbH was bought by ZF Friedrichshafen and as a result was renamed to ZF Electronics GmbH, now a subsidiary of ZF Friedrichshafen


ZF Electronics - In 2008, Cherry was bought by ZF Friedrichshafen AG and completely incorporated as the "ZF Electronics GmbH" Corporate Division


Lincoln Navigator - The ZF Friedrichshafen 6-speed automatic transmission was replaced by Ford's own 6-speed design, the 6R80 for the 2009 model year


Range Rover Sport - The 2010 model year Sport is fitted with the new &ZF (ZF_Friedrichshafen) HP28 six-speed automatic transmission


Volkswagen Amarok - As of the 2012 Model Year Volkswagen has introduced two more engine configurations, 2,0L TDI 90 kW motor upgraded to 103 kW of power and a 2,0L Bi-TDI which has an optional 8-speed &ZF (ZF_Friedrichshafen) engineered automatic transmission


Land Rover will demonstrate the world's first nine-speed automatic transmission for a passenger car at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show add something


ZF-TRW was acquired in 2015 and now is the 'Active & Passive Safety Technology' division add something


ZF Electronics - Cherry was bought by ZF Friedrichshafen AG and renamed to ZF Electronics GmbH. After an eight-year partnership with ZF Friedrichshafen AG, CHERRY has been in the hands of GENUI Partners since 2016


ZF Electronics - After an eight-year partnership with ZF Friedrichshafen AG, Cherry was sold to GENUI Partners in October 2016