Transmissions

Freshened Lexus LX gets 8-speed, updated interior and exterior

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

For 2016, the Lexus LX gets a dramatically updated interior and exterior, with a more aggressive version of the Lexus “spindle grille,” LED headlights, revised taillights, and new rear bumper and wheel options....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: GM's new powertrain boss, with bases covered, aims for high batting average

12:00 pm U.S. ET | July 28, 2015

Dan Nicholson is charged with ensuring GM Powertrain does its part to improve the fuel economy of the company's North American vehicles about 5 percent a year to reach the 2025 fleet average of 54.5 mpg target set by the U.S....
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Audi performance unit kills manual gearbox, naturally aspirated V-8

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Audi's quattro GmbH performance division is slaughtering a few sacred cows among sports car enthusiasts....
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Deal positions Magna to be a major transmission player

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

Magna International's $1.9 billion deal to buy German gearbox supplier Getrag gives the giant Canadian company the technology to supply transmissions for small cars to big vans and nearly everything in between....
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Magna will buy Getrag for $1.9 billion to expand in transmissions

July 16, 2015 13:29 CET

Magna International, North America's biggest supplier, agreed to buy German manufacturer Getrag for 1.75 billion euros ($1.9 billion), gaining control of one of the largest independent producers of vehicle transmissions....
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Magna near deal to acquire German transmission maker Getrag, report says

2:30 pm U.S. ET | July 15, 2015

Magna International is nearing an agreement to buy Getrag, one of the largest independent makers of transmissions. A deal could be announced as soon as this week, Bloomberg reported, citing unidentified people familiar with the talks....
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Chevy Silverado styling toughened up for 2016

9:00 am U.S. ET | July 13, 2015

Chevrolet is scrapping the long-running dual stacked headlights on the freshened 2016 Silverado and giving the hot-selling pickup a mean-machine look. The 2016 model also adds a more muscular hood and a new front fascia. The changes are designed to keep the truck competitive against Ford's revamped F-150 and Fiat Chrysler's Ram 1500....
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INTERACTIVE

VW, Renault maintain powertrain plant lead in Europe

July 3, 2015 06:01 CET

Automotive News Europe's Guide to Powertrains shows 86 locations where global automakers and suppliers produce the engines and transmissions that drive the auto industry in Europe and beyond....
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VW worker killed by robot in Germany

July 2, 2015 11:39 CET

Volkswagen said a contractor was crushed to death by a robot at its German components factory in Kassel. The 21-year-old worker was setting up the robot on an electric motor assembly line when it grabbed him and forced him against a metal plate....
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Jatco CEO seeks global transmission title

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

Jatco's new president aims to propel his company past Japanese rival Aisin AW to become the world's largest supplier of automatic transmissions by 2020, by rapidly broadening its customer base beyond Nissan....
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FCA transmission fix focuses on snap ring

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 2, 2015

The software in over half of the troubled 9-speed automatic transmissions has been reflashed in Jeep Cherokees and Chrysler 200s, though complaints continue to grow. Some Cherokees have already been bought back by the automaker....
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Daimler will upgrade key German plant for fuel-efficient engines, fuel cells

March 18, 2015 22:23 CET

Daimler will invest billions of euros to modernize its powertrain factory in Untertuerkheim, near Stuttgart. The plant will become a center of competence for fuel-efficient engines, hybrid drivertrains and the production of fuel cell systems....
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Continental increases microcontroller output in China

Feb. 24, 2015 12:45 CET

Continental says it has launched production of transmission control units on a second line at its plant in Tianjin, China. The German supplier's transmission division entered China in 1998. Aside from its factory in Tianjin, the unit has an r&d center in Shanghai....
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Another fix for Jeep's troubled 9-speed

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015

Fiat Chrysler executives say they are straightening out software problems with the automaker's nine-speed automatic transmission, but nagging issues persist. Consumer complaints about the 2014 Jeep Cherokee describe hard shifts, lunging, unexpected disengagement of the transmission or repeated illumination of malfunction lights....
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Tax deal sets up Chrysler to churn out more 8-speeds

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014

Chrysler Group plans to expand production of its eight-speed rear-wheel-drive transmissions by investing $266 million in its massive Kokomo, Ind., transmission complex....
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Ford-Getrag JV names new COO

Dec. 12, 2014 06:01 CET

Getrag Ford Transmissions, a joint venture between the U.S. automaker and the German supplier, has named Sue Slaughter as its chief operating officer. Getrag also appointed a new Asia boss....
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Chrysler poised to invest $266M to expand 8-speed transmission production

11:35 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014

Chrysler Group plans to invest $266 million into its massive Kokomo Transmission complex in Indiana to expand production of its eight-speed rear-wheel-drive transmission. On Monday night, elected officials in Kokomo unanimously approved a request by Chrysler for a 10-year tax abatement for the project, local media reported....
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Ford considers CVTs as way to improve fuel economy

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014

Ford is considering giving the continuously variable transmission another spin. "We've had some experience with CVTs and it wasn't all good," said Raj Nair, Ford's global product development chief, during a media event here. "They are getting better. And we are taking another look."...
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ZF CEO: We're not chasing 10-speeds

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2014

ZF Friedrichshafen AG will not follow rivals in pushing for 10-speed transmissions. the German supplier will stop at 9-speed transmissions, says CEO Stefan Sommer....
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VW boosts dual-clutch output in China

Nov. 15, 2014 06:01 CET

VW has boosted production of its dual-clutch transmission at a second plant in China. The plant, in the northern city of Tianjin, will build up to 450,000 units of VW's so-called DSG gearbox annually, with output rising to 1.2 million units by 2016, VW said....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Why the stick shift's days may be numbered

9:00 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014

Two cars I have test driven recently finally convinced me the good old-fashioned manual transmission will soon be dead....
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Getrag, Dongfeng form dual clutch transmissions JV in China

Oct. 20, 2014 10:54 CET

Germany's Getrag formed a joint venture with Dongfeng to develop and produce dual clutch transmissions in China. The joint venture will start manufacturing transmissions for compact cars in 2016 at a factory in Wuhan....
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After 4 Fit Hybrid recalls, Honda adds another r&d gate

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014

Burned by four recalls of its redesigned Fit Hybrid in just nine months, Honda Motor Co. is overhauling its r&d process to intercept problems better....
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ZF says TRW takeover creates supplier ready for self-driving age

Sept. 16, 2014 14:19 CET

ZF wants to purchase TRW to create a global supplier ready for an age of self-driving cars. "The major motivation for this transaction is technology driven, in the field of electromobility and ... autonomous driving," ZF CEO Stefan Sommer said....
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Bosch benefits from ZF's bid to buy TRW

Sept. 16, 2014 12:45 CET

Robert Bosch is an unexpected beneficiary of ZF's plans to purchase TRW. Bosch is poised to take full control of a steering joint venture it co-founded with ZF that makes systems that are key to creating driverless cars....
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