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GAEI Vehicles Earn 5 Star China NCAP Rating With Full Occupant Safety System From TRW

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SHANGHAI, China, April 22, 2013 -- TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. has started production with a full range of occupant safety systems for two GAEI (Guangzhou Automotive Engineering Institute) vehicle platforms in China. The Trumpchi Sedan and Trumpchi GS5 SUV both received a 5 star rating from China New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), and TRW was also presented with an 'Excellent Development Supplier' award from GAEI in recognition of its contribution toward the rating.

Norbert Kagerer, vice president engineering, TRW Occupant Safety Systems, commented: "As a leading supplier with the broadest portfolio of safety technologies, TRW is well positioned to support customers with a fully integrated system. This can offer a number of benefits including know-how and expertise from a proven systems supplier; streamlined communications, with a single point of contact; quicker cycle times; and cost efficiency. It means that we can work with our customers more closely throughout the entire process.

"The GAEI award and the 5 star rating is testament to the close collaboration and excellent partnership we have forged, as well as confirmation of the protection offered by TRW's safety technologies."

On both GAEI vehicles, TRW supplies the passenger airbag, driver airbag, side airbag, curtain airbag, front and rear seat belts and the electronic control unit (ECU). As well as the design and manufacture of the products, TRW was responsible for the entire testing program including areas such as hardware simulation, time-to-fire characteristics, tuning, system integration and more – continually optimizing performance.

"This is an excellent example of how we find that we are closely cooperating with our customers in China. As well as GAEI, TRW is working with several other vehicle manufacturers offering a similar range of occupant safety technologies and systems integration expertise.  We see the demand for this full systems approach growing in the coming years. Furthermore, as a supplier of braking, steering and electronics products, TRW also has the competencies to integrate our OSS solutions with other active safety systems," added Kagerer.

TRW has expanded its footprint in China considerably to meet the needs of the rapidly growing market. The Company now has more than 20 sites in China, including technical research and development centers, manufacturing and production, corporate facilities and a winter test track. TRW plans to invest in further locations to accommodate increasing testing and validation requirements.

About TRW

With 2012 sales of $16.4 billion, TRW Automotive ranks among the world's leading automotive suppliers. Headquartered in Livonia, Michigan, USA, the Company, through its subsidiaries, operates in 25 countries and employs approximately 65,000 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.  All references to "TRW Automotive", "TRW" or the "Company" in this press release refer to TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. and its subsidiaries, unless otherwise indicated.  TRW Automotive news is available on the internet at