TodayApril 16, 2022

Dr. Ludger Reckman, CEO of ZF Group

How many gears are too many?

Dr. Ludger Reckman is the CEO of ZF Group. ZF Group is one of the top-10 automotive industry suppliers globally. It is a leading worldwide supplier of driveline and chassis technology. ZF’s goal is to design products that improve driving dynamics, fuel efficiency, environmental impact, comfort and safety for OEMs.

ZF has a workforce of about 70,000 employees, the company operates 117 plants in 26 countries. ZF Group had sales of $12.9 billion in 2010, with five percent of that going into research and development.

What is the difference in fuel economy between an eight-speed and nine-speed transmissions?

At one point does an eight-speed and nine-speed transmission become a CVT?

ZF is producing hybrid transmissions. Which car companies will be using them?

ZF already works with Korean companies. They are producing plug-in hybrid transmissions. Is that in hopes of luring the Japanese?

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.