Chrysler to delay the introduction of its dual-clutch automatic transmission

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 10, 2011

Chrysler Group has decided to delay the introduction of its first dual-clutch automatic transmission to have time to work on refinement issues. The original plan was for the 2012 Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger mid-sized sedans to be equipped with six-speed dry dual-clutch transmissions built by Fiat SpA but they will instead be keeping the 62TE automatic six-speed used for the 2011 model year.

Chrysler spokesman Vince Muniga said that the company is apprehensive about the refinement and what the perception of the customers in the U.S. would be of the transmission.

The Fiat dry dual-clutch transmission is presently being used in Europe. Muniga said that Chrysler will attempt to find other future products that it will place in the North American market. The Car Connection web site had reported this strategy previously. Compared with conventional automatics or manuals, the dual-clutch transmissions offer better fuel efficiency and movement of vehicle power to the pavement.

Before entering bankruptcy in 2009, Chrysler had started a venture with Getrag Corp. for the development of dual-clutch technology. The venture constructed a $530 million factory in Indiana to make the transmissions.

This project was later thrown out though. Muniga said that the company decided to postpone the release of the dry dual-clutch transmission this summer. But he clarified that this decision doesn’t have an impact on Chrysler's current joint venture with ZF Friedrichshafen AG to manufacture a nine-speed automatic transmission for front-wheel-drive vehicles.

Here comes the new Chrysler 200 mid-size sedan for the 2011 model year. Designed to appeal to those looking for a sedan with style, substance and value, the Chrysler 200 features remarkable craftsmanship and is gifted with an array of innovative technologies, standard safety features, and a high level of standard content. Since almost all systems in the new 2011 Chrysler 200 are new or upgraded, the sedan boasts of having its own identity in its segment.

For instance, the new 2011 Chrysler 200 comes with revised front and rear fascias and fenders, a new hood as well as updated grille with the new Chrysler brand winged badge. It also features new projector headlamps and fog lamps, LED positioning light pipe in front headlamps, new LED taillamps, a LED center high-mounted stoplight and rear deck lid and exterior mirrors.

The upgrade is not limited to the external elements of the new Chrysler 200. Thanks to certain technological updates, the new 2011 Chrysler 200 is able to deliver agile and confident handling in any driving situation.

This is thanks to a suspension system which is composed of parts that have been retuned or redesigned, including 26 of 30 suspension bushings. Moreover, Chrysler re-engineered the suspension geometry.

In addition, the track of the new Chrysler 200 has been made wider from 215 mm to 225 mm. In addition, the 2011 Chrysler 200 has been lowered 12 mm and 6 mm in the front and rear, respectively. Olivier Francois, president and chief executive for the Chrysler Brand at Chrysler Group LLC, quipped that the now smarter customers expect their vehicle to be smart as well. He noted that the new Chrysler 200 offers beauty and substance by delivering capability, style, fuel efficiency, safety, comfort and reliability.

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