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Schaeffler’s CAFE-Compliant Concept Car to Debut at NAIAS

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Dec. 30, 2014—Schaeffler has announced it will unveil its concept car that meets the 2025 CAFE requirements at the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit’s Cobo Center, Jan. 12–25.

CAFE stands for Corporate Average Fuel Economy and describes the increasingly more restrictive fuel economy regulations in the U.S. The car, named Efficient Future Mobility North America, was developed as part of Schaeffler's Mobility for Tomorrow strategy.

The vehicle is based on a modern, all-wheel-drive, midsize SUV with an automatic transmission. Last year during NAIAS, Schaeffler showed the first phase of the concept car that demonstrated its low-cost strategy to meet CAFE 2020 guidelines.

In addition to the 48-volt hybridization, Schaeffler incorporated other innovations, including a permanent engaged starter, a four-wheel drive disconnect clutch, a thermal management module, as well as extensive damping and friction reduction measures in the drive train.

Further details of the concept car will be announced at Schaeffler's NAIAS press conference on Jan. 12 at 7:20 a.m. in the Ambassador Ballroom (room 360) of the Cobo Center.

Additional examples of Schaeffler's Mobility for Tomorrow strategy will be on display in the company's Technology Suite, including its Formula-E racing car. This car was specially created for the electrically operated Monoposto Racing Series and has already raced in Asia and South America. Upcoming performances will be in Miami on March 4 and Long Beach in April 2015. Schaeffler is the technology partner of the German ABT team.

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