LIVONIA, MI /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. (NYSE:TRW) , the global leader in automotive safety systems, is supplying a full range of occupant safety products to the new Roewe 550, China SAIC Motor's self-developed mid-size sedan. This marks an expanded collaboration between TRW and SAIC, who worked together on the successful launch of the Roewe 750 in 2007.
TRW equips Roewe 550 with a complete occupant safety system (OSS) including driver, passenger and rear seat belts, driver and passenger airbags, side-impact curtain airbags, airbag electronic control units, and side-impact and rollover sensors. Driver and passenger airbags are manufactured by the Company's joint-venture plants in Shanghai and Changchun, China. TRW's wholly- owned OSS facility in Shanghai produces the advanced electronics.
Roewe 550 features the RP2, TRW's second-generation rack-and-pinion seatbelt retractor. In anticipation of a crash, an electronic control unit activates the rack and pinion mechanism to tighten the seat belt, adjust the slack and help protect the belted passenger. Additionally, TRW uses a load limiter in the Roewe 550 seat belt system to help better manage the occupant energy in a crash.
The RP2 technology was introduced to the European market in 2004. Today, Chinese consumers are able to benefit from this advanced technology on the Roewe 550. Notably, the entire seat belt system on Roewe 550 is manufactured by TRW's joint venture with SAIC, Shanghai TRW Automotive Safety Systems Co., Ltd. (STASS).
Besides OSS products, TRW supplies Roewe 550 with a lane-departure warning sensor, ABS system and Electronic Stability Control System (as a premium option), all produced locally in China.
"We are proud of the occupant safety of Roewe 550, which is designed to meet the 5-star crash test standards of the Euro NCAP," said Mr. Liu Tao, the SAIC brand director, "TRW has worked closely with SAIC from the very beginning of 550's conception. Thanks to TRW's industry-leading expertise, Roewe 550 should become a benchmark vehicle in terms of occupant safety for the Chinese mid-size market."
Chris Wu, TRW senior engineering leader of the Roewe 550 project, added, "The integrated, optimized occupant safety system we have created for Roewe 550 offers a distinctive competitive advantage in the domestic Chinese market. Our Chinese partners can count on TRW's continuous support in pursuing world- class standards of vehicle safety for their self-developed brands."
With 2007 sales of $14.7 billion, TRW Automotive ranks among the world's leading automotive suppliers. Headquartered in Livonia, MI, USA, the company, through its subsidiaries, operates in 27 countries and employs more than 66,000 people worldwide. TRW Automotive products include integrated vehicle control and driver assist systems, braking systems, steering systems, suspension systems, occupant safety systems (seat belts and airbags), electronics, engine components, fastening systems and aftermarket replacement parts and services.