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Ford won’t use GM’s 9 speed automatic transmission due to cost, efficiency snags

Several years ago, on April 15, 2013, Ford and General Motors signed an agreement to jointly use automatic transmissions that both automakers had developed. This was developed mainly for models like the F-150 and the Mustang. For the former, their part of the deal was to share its own 10 speed gearbox to rear wheel drive cars with GM, and in return, they will be able to use the 9 speed gearbox which they can use in front wheel drive crossovers, for a smoother and more efficient drive.

The gearbox seen in this photo, the Hydra-Matic 9T50, which was originally introduced in Chevy models with the 2017 Malibu, 2017 Cruze Diesel and the 2018 Equinox will not find its way inside a Ford model. Rather, the automaker opted to use an eight speed box for models like the Edge and the MKX that replaces the Lincoln Nautilus.

So what made them change their mind? Well, Ford believes that GM’s transmission is not good enough to handle the extra weight that comes from the new gear. That is not all, because it also argues that it does not justify the increased cost required for it to adapt to the Ford models. AutoPacific Inc. analyst, Dave Sullivan, even joked that if he was offered a transmission that did not require much work, outside of tuning it for a specific vehicle, he would take it and run.

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BMW documents suggest that there will not be a manual Toyota Supra

Earlier this week, some internal documents from BMW have been leaked. And naturally, car enthusiasts would be curious to know what juicy details they would find in these files. So what has been revealed are some info on the models that will replace the BMW Z4 and the Toyota Supra’s future successor.

The 177-page long document suggest it to be a list of the German automaker’s designation for cars and motorcycles. This also includes details of BMW’s partners including Rolls Royce, Land Rover, and Toyota. We do not know whether the document is original or a fraud, but a spokesperson of BMW Australia refused to comment when asked regarding its authenticity.

The documents confirm that the Supra will only be available in automatic transmission. This is not fresh news regarding the Japanese sports coupe, but what’s new is the fact that the company will not be giving it a manual transmission at all. United States customers will only be getting two engine options for the Supra which are: the four-cylinder unit with 248 horsepower (185 kilowatts) and the 335 horsepower (250 kilowatts) six-cylinder unit. Luckily, European customers will get another option that is the four-cylinder unit. The automatic gearbox will give power to the rear wheels only.

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2017 Honda Civic Type R gets exclusive 6-speed manual transmission, no automatic option

Not only is the 2017 Honda Civic Type R new in the North American market, it recently got labelled the fastest car with a front-wheel drive setup at the Green Hell. Now, the Civic Type R will exclusively be given a six-speed manual transmission, just because an automatic gearbox would make the car weigh too much.

This was explained by the company during an interview between Yuji Matsumochi, Assistant Large Project Leader of the Civic Powertrain, and Australian publication Car Advice. So the Civic will come standard with the manual, with no option to get an automatic variant. This is because the Type R now weighs at 62.5 percent to 37.5 (that's front to rear axle). So a dual-clutch transmission will only make it much heavier, with its 400 Nm (295 lb-ft), which will definitely affect the car's performance.

Matsumochi explained that a front wheel drive will naturally need a lighter powertrain, and since the Type R already has a heavier engine, it will only work with a lightweight transmission. Thus, only the manual will work.

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BMW: Time to say goodbye to manual and dual-clutch gearboxes

The BMW M model, as of today, offers their buyers two transmission options: either a six-speed manual or a seven speed dual-clutch automatic. But rumours have been circulating that these models will be the last few of its kind. Don’t worry though, the BMW M model will not be abandoned, but just the transmission options they are currently offering.

In fact, Peter Quintus, vice-president of sales and marketing of the said model supported the rumours regarding the manuals and DCTs when asked about transmissions as he stated “It’s more of a question of how long has the DCT got to go, how long will it last?” in an interview with Australian magazine The Drive. From what we know, this only applies to the M models, since he did not specify.

According to Quintus, what concerns them the most is the durability of the three-pedal and DCT options in the M portfolio. Specifically, the manual can only hold up to 450 horsepower (335 kilowatts) and 443 pound feet (600 Newton-metres) of torque. If power goes past that, then durability and longevity cannot be promised.

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If there is something to look out for from General Motors aside from its new vehicles and engines, it is its new nine-speed transmission. Yes, you’re reading it right, GM now has a new nine-speed transmission for its passenger vehicles, and it will make its first appearance in the new Chevrolet Malibu.

In particular, this new nine-speed transverse Hydra-Matic planetary automatic transmission Hydra-Matic 9T50 – developed by GM itself – will debut on the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu Premier that is powered by 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. It will also be available on the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze that is powered by a 1.6-liter turbo diesel engine and the 2018 Equinox with a 2.0-liter turbo powerplant. Also, GM’s Hydra-Matic 9T50 nine-speed transmission will be available to seven more models by the end of 2017.

This new Hydra-Matic 9T50 is derived from GM’s existing six-speed transverse automatic gearbox. GM will manufacture the Hydra-Matic 9T50 at its San Luis Potosi site in Mexico. While GM developed the Hydra-Matic 9T50 to be employed in front-wheel-drive passenger vehicles – both gasoline and diesel-powered – this nine-speed automatic transmission is also ready to be used in four-wheel-drive units.

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A forum post in Mustang6G and a succeeding blog post have revealed some interesting details regarding the 2018 Ford Mustang. While there may not be a lot of details divulged, there is enough to get an idea of what to expect. We get for instance an idea of what colors to expected for the regular version and the Shelby.

In terms of transmissions though, it will still use the automatic version but instead of the 6-speed unit, it is fitted with a 10-speed one. This is the same one inside the Raptor and even some of the F-150 models. The shift is not that surprising considering that this can be seen as the best next step and if equipped correctly, can enhance not only performance but efficiency as well.

On the outside, there is the possibility that the 2018 Ford Mustang will have new headlights and new taillights too. There is also the chance that the bumpers will be redesigned. At the rear portion, Ford is likely to make a dual exhaust available, though the post does not show on what engine it will be paired with.

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It seems that German carmaker Volkswagen Group is running into more trouble in the United States as it has been accused of employing a different cheating software to earn good fuel consumption and emission ratings.

This comes as the California Air Resources Board (CARB) found around four months ago that one of Audi’s automatic transmissions employs a special software that could artificially lower emissions during testing, according to a report by German weekly newspaper Bild am Sonntag.

Just recently, Judge Charles R. Breyer of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California granted final approval to an agreement that would settle the differences between the carmaker and private plaintiffs affected by the so-called “Dieselgate” scandal that involves its 2.0-liter TDI engine. This agreement – reached between the carmaker, its affiliates entered US Department of Justice (DOJ) and regulatory agencies -- meant that owners could opt for either a buyback or a modification subject to government approval.

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Pickup trucks are usually known for their gas-guzzling nature, especially when they are powered by high-output engines. The new Ford F-150 changes this game for the 2017 model year, with both its rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive models posting impressive gains not only in terms of max power output and peak torque, but also in the area of fuel efficiency (city, highway and combined).

The core of this improvement on the new 2017 Ford F-150 is none other than the terrific combination of a more powerful yet more efficient new 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine (second generation) and the first volume-production 10-speed automatic transmission that allows for further enhancements in performance (especially acceleration) and efficiency, as well as towing and hauling control. Thanks to this combo, the new Ford F-150 is able to provide better low-end and peak performance, making it suitable for towing heavy trailers as well as hauling heavy payloads.

Ford expects that its EcoBoost-equipped F-150 trucks will account for over a million units running on the road over the next year. This means that over 110 million gallons of gas could be saved by F-150 owners over the next year, while still out-hauling its truck rivals.

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The new 2017 Dacia Duster is furthering its already appealing proposition with an array of upgrades. Starting October this year, the Duster – the Lauréate and flagship Prestige 4x2 models in particular -- could be availed with an automatic six-speed EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch) gearbox. This EDC transmission fuses the comfort and smoothness of an automatic gearbox with the low fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions of a manual gearbox – while still allowing the Duster to be as affordable as it has been.

With this gearbox, drivers could expect a simpler and smoother drive. This system features Hill Start Assist which could hold the brakes for a limited period during a start on a sloping terrain, thereby giving drivers enough time to step on the brakes.

This means drivers won’t roll back unintentionally as the SUV moves away. When paired to the EDC transmission, the models’ 1.5 dCi 110 turbodiesel engine could return 62.8mpg (NEDC combined) and emit 116 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer. Dacia will commence sales of the Duster EDC in the United Kingdom at a starting price of £14,895 on-the-road.

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Fiat Chrysler will send a notice to owners of MY2014-2015 Cherokees and some MY2015 Chrysler 200s – all with 2.4-liter inline-four engines -- in mid-to-late February to update the software for the vehicles’ nine-speed automatic transmission. The reflash is meant to “keep the vehicle performing as intended” and to prevent durability issues from occurring in the future.

The Cherokee has been a subject of consumer complaints on the safercar.gov Web site over issues like hard shifts, lunging, unexpected disengagement of the transmission or repeated illumination of malfunction lights. The reflash could also be now availed at dealerships by consumer request.

FCA had to delay the Cherokee's launch by three months to address the software's troublesome coordination of the engine and the disconnecting all-wheel-drive system. FCA first introduced the nine-speed transmission for front-wheel-drive vehicles on the MY2014 Cherokee.

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Chrysler Group is planning to make a $266-million investment into its Kokomo Transmission complex to expand output of its eight-speed rear-wheel-drive gearbox. Chrysler is producing the eight-speed automatic transmission in Kokomo under license from ZF Friedrichshafen.

In a recent filing with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, Chrysler said that the transmission will be ultimately fitted in all of its rwd vehicles including the Jeep Wrangler but excludes the Dodge Viper and certain heavy-duty Ram pickups.

The Jeep Wrangler is currently equipped with a five-speed automatic gearbox and is being redesigned for MY2018. The eight-speed gearbox boasts of up to 9-percent better fuel economy than the five-speed and six-speed transmissions they replaced, Chrysler’s SEC filing said. According to Chrysler spokeswoman Jodi Tinson, the $266-million investment in Kokomo is not yet confirmed.

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Everyone knows that the 2018 Jeep Wrangler is a very important model for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and the company needs to make sure that the redesign will attract even more customers. According to a filing this month with the Securities and Exchange commission, the 2018 Wrangler will arrive with an 8-speed automatic transmission in order to return an outstanding fuel economy.

The 8-speed tranny is currently used by the 2014 Ram 1500, Dodge Durango as well as the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Chrysler wants to take things even further and use the transmission in all its rear-wheel-drive vehicles, excepting the Dodge Viper and the heavy-duty versions of the Ram pick-up trucks.

Compared with the current 5-speed transmission, the new 8-speed automatic gearbox will improve fuel economy by 9 percent.

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With the addition of a new 8-speed automatic transmission, the updated 2015 Yukon XL Denali and Yukon Denali from GMC now lead the market in terms of fuel economy, horsepower and torque. The 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V-8 engines of the Yukon XL Denali and Yukon Denali are now paired with the Hydra-Matic 8L90 eight-speed automatic transmission. This addition makes the Denali more fuel-efficient than the 6-speed automatic.

The two-wheel drive Yukon Denali has an estimated EPA highway mileage of 22 mpg whereas the four-wheel drive now has an EPA city mileage estimate of 15 mpg. Within its category in the market, the Yukon Denali is unrivaled in delivering efficiency and power .The engine gives a peak of 420 horsepower with 460 lb-ft of maximum torque. This results in a highway fuel economy that is at par or even better than the 6-cylinder or 8-cylinder engines of its competitors.

The Yukon Denali’s new 8L90 transmission has smaller steps between its gears making the engine more efficiently leverage the peak power bands. With a wide gearing, this allows the use of a lower rear axle ratio of 3.23:1, reducing both fuel consumption and engine speed while cruising on the highway. The improvement in fuel economy has not compromised in any way the capability and comfort expected from a Yukon.

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If you don’t enjoy the feeling of a manual gearbox, you will be happy to know that Lotus will expand its product range and will offer a six-speed automatic transmission on the new Exige S Roadster, resulting to the creation of the Lotus Exige S Automatic.

Set to go on sale in January 2015, the Lotus Exige S Automatic is currently in the final stages of testing and promises a sprint from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.9 seconds, which is around 0.1 seconds quicker than the manual version of the Exige S.
Regarding the price, the Lotus Exige S and Exige S Roadster models will be offered with the automatic transmission for an extra GBP2,000 in the United Kingdom and EUR2,185 in Europe, excluding local taxes.

Jean-Marc Gales, Chief Executive Officer, Group Lotus plc said, “By introducing a paddle-shift, we have expanded the Exige product range to make it more accessible to customers worldwide. Now, customers who are more accustomed to two pedals and automatic transmissions can enjoy the unbelievable performance and handling of the Exige S without compromise.”

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General Motors will make Hydra-Matic 8L90 – a new eight-speed automatic transmission – as standard on some 2015 Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra and GMC Yukon Denali/Yukon XL Denali models powered by a 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V-8 engine.

The new gearbox replaces the Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic transmission in the trucks. Both gearboxes are produced at GM’s transmission plant in Toledo, Ohio. According to GM, of the new transmission will commence in the fourth quarter of this year, which means it would be a late introduction on 2015 models.

GM will announce more technical details as well as EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings closer to the date of launch. GM remarked that the Hydra-Matic 8L90 will be around the same size and weight as the Hydra-Matic 6L80.

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According to SAE International, the 2015 Corvette Stingray will receive an all-new 8-speed automatic transmission. Known as the 8L90, the new 8-speed transmission will replace the 6L80 six-speed automatic transmission and offer a rated turbine torque capacity rated at 1000 Nm. As expected, the new transmission will offer improved fuel economy, performance and NVH.

Moreover, the transmission will have four simple planetary gearsets, two brake clutches and three rotating clutches, as well as an overall ration spread of 7.0. For those who don’t know, the Corvette Stingray uses a 6.2-liter V8 engine capable to develop 455 hp and 624 Nm (460 lb-ft) of torque.

For those who want more, the Corvette Stingray is available with the Z51 Performance Package which includes an electronic limited-slip differential; dry-sump oiling system; integral brake, differential and transmission cooling; as well as a unique aero package.

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At the close of 2011, Alfa Romeo UK achieved a volume increase of 30.8%. With 11,563 new vehicles, the company also achieved its highest annual new registration figure since 2002. Kicking the market trend where carmaker's average volume dropped by 4.4%, Alfa Romeo gained the third biggest manufacturer volume percentage boost for the year. The company's success has been due to a variety of factors including its recent product range.

Enhanced dealer network also contributed to the company's success. The network now takes pride in its No. 10 position in the J.D. Power UK customer satisfaction survey. Other factors include the incentive offers and highly competitive finance available on each model.

The Alfa Giulietta hatchback and the sporty compact Alfa MiTo have aided the brand to gain more customers by being a trustworthy alternative to mainstream German competitors. In the United Kingdom, Alfa Romeo achieved sales of 7,113 Giuliettas last year. It has also sold more than 10,000 units since its introduction. In Europe, the company sold 80,000 units last year. Orders for the Giulietta worldwide have reached nearly 140,000 units.

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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.

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