TRW Automotive Aftermarket has announced a range extension for its premium disc brake pad program in North America.
The range extension comprises 54 part numbers and will provide coverage for an additional 12 million vehicles. This expansion brings the total number of application numbers in the program to more than 800 and covers nearly 94 percent of the vehicles in operation in North America, the company says.
Of the 54 part numbers, 47 are ceramic and seven are semi-metallic. Forty-three of them have installation hardware included in the box. Applications cover a range of makes and models, including: 2013 Hyundai Elantra, Veloster, Equus; 2013 Honda Civic, Pilot, Ridgeline; 2013 Ford F150, Focus, Escape; 2013 Chrysler/Dodge, Town & Country, Caravan and Journey and the 2013 BMW 3 series, Mercedes G-Class.
“TRW is the global leader in the design, development and manufacture of OE safety systems which we translate into a leading aftermarket range and service package," said Mark Thorpe, TRW’s product group manager, TRW Aftermarket North America. “Our main objective is to support our customers with the highest-quality product and to ensure the safety message reaches every level of the supply chain. By making sure that our range extensions are both timely and appropriate, and by listening to our customers to ensure that we get the right mix, the market can have complete confidence in TRW.
“We make it a priority to be first to market with new references in order to help our customers to grow their businesses," Thorpe added. "This is the first in a series of range extensions planned for 2013 for this market-leading program.”
TRW says it has used its unrivalled engineering expertise as a leading OE brake systems manufacturer to ensure the brake pad program offers the most suitable friction formulation for each vehicle application to optimize safety and performance. Where appropriate, TRW includes installation hardware in the box, facilitating optimal installation and on-the-road performance.
TRW’s friction material is made from a formulized mix of ingredients to facilitate a stable friction coefficient and optimized braking performance in hot or cold temperatures, at high or low speeds and under difficult or challenging conditions, proven over millions of miles of real-world driving, according to the company. Providing an offering of chamfered, slotted and shimmed designs, the range comprises ceramic and semi-metallic brake pad sets. For a quieter and more comfortable drive, TRW’s brake pads are fitted with premium shims, which act as a damper between the friction material and the brake caliper, the company adds.