Truck Manufacturer Foton Opts for ZF’s Technology
The automatic commercial vehicle transmission system TraXon from ZF has broken into the Chinese market. The new transmission system is going into volume production in Chinese manufacturer Foton’s new Auman EST-A. According to ZF, volume production was preceded by extensive application development in order to adapt the transmission system specifically to the requirements of the Chinese market and its vehicles.
Also integrated into the Auman EST-A is the new AIRTRAC rear axle system ZF developed specifically for heavy trucks. This air-sprung axle system should not only prevent damage to loads and road surfaces, but also improve driving comfort. “Foton is one of the largest commercial vehicle manufacturers on the Chinese market”, explains Fredrik Staedtler, who is responsible for the Commercial Vehicle Technology Division at ZF Friedrichshafen AG. “So we’re especially proud that the Auman EST-A will feature cutting-edge ZF technology in the future.” Even the basic transmission model, which comes with 12 or 16 gears, offers extremely high efficiency – primarily through its ability to handle up to 3,400 Nm of torque (overdrive version), its high transmission-ratio spread, its efficiency of up to 99.7 percent and the outstanding, best-in-class power-to-weight ratio of 12.89 Nm/kg. The transmission is produced in Friedrichshafen and shipped directly to the Foton production facility in Beijing.