GKN to present latest driveline innovations at IZB
12 October 2016
GKN Driveline will showcase its leading contemporary and electrified driveline technologies - making passenger cars lighter, more fuel efficient and better to drive - at the International Suppliers Fair (IZB) this month.
GKN will demonstrate its latest technologies across eDrive, all-wheel drive and two-wheel drive vehicles at the show between 18 and 20 October.
Joachim Seubert, GKN Vice President Customer Group BMW, Daimler, VW, said: “IZB is an important event for GKN and we are looking forward to demonstrating our leading technologies across conventional and electrified drivelines. Our systems already feature on some of the leading cars from our German customers and we are keen to further showcase our capabilities in this market.”
The global leader in electrification
GKN has been advancing the development of electrified vehicles since 2002 and more than 300,000 cars on the road contain GKN eDrive technologies today. At IZB, the company will showcase the technology helping to propel some of the world’s most exciting electric and hybrid vehicles, including the electric axle (eAxle) launched on the Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine, the world’s first hybrid premium SUV. The system debuting on the Volvo XC90 delivers new levels of torque in a significantly smaller package, saving space and making integration into global vehicle platforms simpler, while also enhancing driveability.
GKN will also showcase the eAxle on the recently launched BMW Active Tourer 225xe, designed for integration into C-segment vehicles, as well as systems that feature on iconic vehicles such as the BMW i8 and Porsche 918 Spyder.
Meanwhile, GKN will give an insight into eDrive technology of the future by demonstrating its eTwinster concept, which brings torque vectoring capabilities to electrified vehicles.
More efficient AWD
GKN will also demonstrate how it is removing the fuel penalty normally associated with AWD through its intelligent connect system. GKN’s technology reacts to road conditions and driver inputs to switch seamlessly between two-wheel drive and AWD as required. The technology is utilised on vehicles such as the Range Rover Evoque, Jeep Renegade and Fiat 500X, reducing emissions and reducing drivers’ time at the pump. Meanwhile, the Twinster AWD system on the Ford Focus RS will be on display, highlighting GKN’s ability to tune the Twinster according to brand’s specific requirements.
Leading sideshaft technology
GKN will show its PACE Award-winning VL3 sideshaft at IZB, which is lighter, more efficient and smaller than competing systems, yet delivers more torque to the wheels. The technology has launched on the BMW 7 Series and can save over 4kg per car set. This will be complemented by an selection of GKN production ready and prototype sideshaft and propshaft technologies.
In addition to showcasing its leading driveline systems, GKN will also host a series of talks on its stand to discuss developments in vehicle architectures. These include
18 October – 13.30 – 14.00
Dr Andreas Mair discusses GKN’s Gen II eAxle on the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer 225xe and what this technology means for the future of plug-in hybrid vehicles.
19 October – 13.30 – 14.00
Dr Wolfgang Hildebrandt provides an overview of the key Constant Velocity Joint designs and particularly looks at new joint concepts. The influence on energy consumption is discussed and an innovative calculation approach is presented, which enables a simple estimation of the influence of efficiency improvements on energy consumption.
20 October – 11.00 – 11.30
Michael Hoeck describes how GKN’s Twinster all-wheel drive system can be adapted to different vehicle segments and requirements, tuned to meet a manufacturer’s specific vehicle DNA. The talk also discusses the influence of software on the AWD system.
GKN plc is a global engineering group. It has four divisions; GKN Aerospace, GKN Driveline, GKN Powder Metallurgy and GKN Land Systems, which operate in the aerospace, automotive and land systems markets. Over 55,000 people work in GKN companies and joint ventures in more than 30 countries. GKN is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: GKN) and recorded sales of GBP7.7 billion in the year to 31 December 2015.
ABOUT GKN DRIVELINE
GKN Driveline is the world’s leading supplier of automotive driveline technology and systems. As a global company serving the world’s leading vehicle manufacturers, GKN Driveline develops, builds and supplies an extensive range of automotive driveline technologies – for use in the smallest ultra low-cost car to the most sophisticated premium vehicle demanding the most complex driving dynamics. GKN Driveline is a leading global producer of CVJ Systems, AWD Systems, Trans Axle Solutions and eDrive Systems and operates in 23 countries at 46 locations employing approximately 25,500 people.
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