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ArvinMeritor and ZF Delighted with Ruling on FreedomLine(TM) Transmission

TROY, Mich., Jan. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- ArvinMeritor, Inc. (NYSE: ARM) and ZF are delighted with the latest ruling from the International Trade Commission on the importation of the FreedomLine transmissions, manufactured by ZF Friedrichshafen in Germany.

"We were confident that the re-design did not infringe on the 279 patent, and the ruling has certainly verified our position in serving customers," stated Wolfgang Vogel, executive vice president, Commercial Vehicle Transmissions, and a member of the management board of ZF Friedrichshafen AG.

With strong fleet acceptance, the FreedomLine automated mechanical transmission entered North America in 2001. The component's ease of operation and improved fuel economy have contributed to motor carriers' profitable operations.

"Our commitment to technology advancements like FreedomLine remain ever diligent, and we will continue to pursue a freedom of technology choice on our customers' behalf," added Tom Gosnell, president of ArvinMeritor Commercial Vehicle Systems. "The transmission remains a strong viable powertrain option for our customers who desire a choice in gearboxes."

ZF is one of the world's leading automotive industry suppliers specializing in driveline and chassis systems. With around 54,500 employees, the company operates 125 plants located in 26 countries. ZF Group revenues in 2004 totaled E9.9billion. ZF is the third-largest automotive supplier in Germany and ranks in the number 15 position worldwide.

ArvinMeritor, Inc. is a premier global supplier of a broad range of integrated systems, modules and components to the motor vehicle industry. The company serves light vehicle, commercial truck, trailer and specialty original equipment manufacturers and certain aftermarkets. Headquartered in Troy, Mich., ArvinMeritor employs approximately 29,000 people at more than 120 manufacturing facilities in 25 countries. ArvinMeritor common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol ARM. For more information, visit the company's Web site at: http://www.arvinmeritor.com.

SOURCE ArvinMeritor, Inc.

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