TRW Automotive GmbH says its new Electrically Powered Steering Belt Drive system will be onboard North American vehicles in 2008 and European models in 2009. The system only consumes noticeable power when steering assist is needed, reducing energy consumption to 10% of a conventional hydraulic power-steering system. TRW does not reveal the number of vehicles that will incorporate the system. Denso Corp. of Japan is supplying Toyota Motor Corp. with its new high-output power control unit ...

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