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Some tech news to discuss...

LIVONIA, Mich., June 21 -- TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. , through various subsidiaries, is supplying advanced steering, braking and occupant safety systems and components for the new Pontiac Solstice.

The Solstice features a complete rack and pinion power steering system with enhanced features, an advanced TRW brake actuation system, and a passenger side air bag.

TRW engineers and supplies the full power steering system that features "9-land" valve damping technology also found on Cadillac CTS models. This technology significantly reduces system vibration and noise and contributes to a very stable steering feel. The steering system complements other vehicle systems to give the Solstice superior vehicle handling.

TRW is also supplying the full brake actuation system for the Solstice based on a European design now in production on the Opel Astra. This is a "Girvac" style actuation system, which set the standard for brake booster design in Europe, and will be produced at TRW's new actuation facility in Gliwice, Poland.

"TRW is pleased to be supplying leading edge safety systems and technologies for the new Pontiac Solstice," said Peter J. Lake, executive vice president, Sales and Business Development for TRW Automotive. "We look forward to working with General Motors as they launch this new vehicle."
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That's great...another supplier who's currently in bankrupcy protection. They'll never get/make parts on time for the Solstice.
 

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Guess we can add to the list of 'borrowed parts' again?

door handles - Chevy Cobalt
foglights - Pontiac Grand Prix
reverse lights - GMC Envoy
gauges - Cobalt
mirrors - aren't these off some Opel?
differential - Cadillac CTS
brakes - Cobalt again
braking system - Opel Astra
steering rack - Caddy CTS


what else is there, does anyone have a completely compiled list?
 

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Man, sounds like a veritable Franken-Sol! :lol::lol:
 

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c'mon dori'... lighten up :lol: ;)

The system is not "borrowed" from the CTS - it is specific to the Kappa, and only uses a strategy for the steering assist valve that is common with the CTS. ZF (another steering supplier) uses a similar technology in many of the BMW steering systems. The "9-land" they talk about is a premium feature in the assist spool valve that you generally only see on more up-scale cars - that's the point, you're getting a BMW-like feature (the BMW 3- and 5- series were one of the steering targets for the CTS, mind you, and in the industry are considered to be among the best steering feel cars in the world) for a low-20K car. More proof that you are getting an amazing value for the price when you buy a Solstice.

IIRC, the CTS was praised for its steering feel and handling in many of the car rags (even German ones, which is rare).

As far as the brake booster system - the Astra is considered to be a very good car for braking. Many German cars in general are, so here are some parts you prolly WANT to share. Rest assured, the Solstice is likely to have very specific tuning, as the brake boost characteristics for a FWD and a RWD can be quite different.
 

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oh, I wasn't complaining or anything... borrowing stuff is cool with me, cause if they had to engineer all their own stuff we'd be waiting MUCH longer than we are now.

I'm just curious to know how many different parts cars we're up to now. :D
 
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