Transmissions

Overdue Cherokees are on their way at last

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2013
New Jeep Cherokees were due in dealerships almost two months ago but have been held while Chrysler developed and installed new software to smooth out the way the engine, nine-speed transmission and innovative disconnecting drivetrain interact. The process has been cumbersome, but after many weeks of delay, sources said Jeep expects to begin delivering Cherokees over the next 10 days....
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34 innovations are PACE finalists

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2013
Thirty-four innovations, in such diverse areas as all-wheel drive, adhesives and infotainment, are finalists for the 2014 Automotive News PACE Awards....
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GM considers new powertrain options for its large SUVs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2013
Diesel engines, hybrid powertrains and high-geared transmissions are all on the table over the next few years for General Motors' soon-to-launch redesigned large SUVs, GM's top truck engineer says....
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Toyota lays out future powertrain plans in catch-up bid

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 10, 2013
After trailing many of its competitors in the recent engine- and transmission-technology wars, Toyota will launch a swath of powertrains in the next several years, a top powertrain r&d executive said....
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Audi CVT settlement approved, covers 64,000 cars

3:06 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 4, 2013
Volkswagen Group of America’s settlement of a class-action lawsuit over alleged defects in the continuously variable transmissions in thousands of Audi vehicles has received final approval in federal court in Los Angeles....
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Opel offers severance packages to Bochum transmission workers

Oct. 2, 2013 13:26 CET
Opel is offering severance packages to the 300 employees producing transmissions at its Bochum, Germany, plant who volunteer to leave this year as the carmaker prepares to shut the factory....
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Opel offers severance packages to 300 transmission workers

7:26 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2013
General Motors’ Opel unit is offering severance packages to the 300 employees producing transmissions at its Bochum, Germany, plant who volunteer to leave this year as the carmaker prepares to shut the factory....
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Honda starts building gearbox plant

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2013
Honda began construction last week of a $470 million transmission plant in Celaya, Mexico, that the company says will lift its annual North American gearbox production to more than 1.7 million units in 2016, from about 1.4 million today....
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Honda breaks ground on Mexico transmission plant

11:51 am U.S. ET | Sept. 24, 2013
Honda broke ground on a $470 million transmission plant in Celaya, Mexico, today. The plant is expected to begin operations in the second half of 2015 with an initial annual production capacity of 350,000 units, eventually increasing to around 700,000 units per year....
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Toyota hiking transmission output at West Virginia plant nearly 50%

11:49 am U.S. ET | Aug. 30, 2013
Toyota is investing $102 million at its West Virginia engine and transmission plant and aluminum casting factories in Missouri and Tennessee to boost production of six-speed automatic gearboxes....
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Q&A: STEFAN SOMMER

ZF goes full-speed on 9-speeds (but not 10)

Aug. 7, 2013 06:01 CET
ZF Friedrichshafen plans to boost production of eight- and nine-speed automatic transmissions by 50 percent to 1.2 million units by 2016....
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Q&A: STEFAN SOMMER

ZF goes full-speed on 9-speeds (but not 10)

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2013
ZF Friedrichshafen AG plans to boost production of eight- and nine-speed automatic transmissions by 50 percent to 1.2 million units by 2016. Stefan Sommer, ZF's CEO, spoke recently with Special Correspondent Richard Truett....
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RICHARD TRUETT

VW's futuristic XL1: Sporty looks, high mileage

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2013
The XL1 is Volkswagen's vision of an extreme high-mileage future commuter car. It marries a strong, lightweight carbon fiber body with slick aerodynamics, an efficient diesel-electric plug-in hybrid powertrain and sports car looks....
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Bosch: Clutch-by-wire prevents stalling, boosts mpg

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2013
Robert Bosch's eClutch system could help put manual transmissions back on car buyers' shopping lists. The eClutch eliminates two things drivers dislike most about cars with stick shifts: stalling and frequent use of the clutch pedal in stop-and-go traffic....
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Jatco's job: Boost CVT efficiency, acceptance

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2013
Jatco Ltd., a leading maker of fuel-efficient continuously variable transmissions, is seeking ways to make the pulley-style gearboxes more appealing to U.S. customers....
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Device promises more efficient transmissions

1:27 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2013
An energy saving device in production on electric bicycles could earn a spot under the hood of autos. Two major transmission suppliers, Dana and Allison, have signed licensing agreements with Fallbrook Technologies of Cedar Park, Texas....
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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

It's time to raise the white flag on dual-clutch transmissions

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 29, 2013
It's time to give up trying to persuade Americans to drive dual-clutch transmissions. Like the continuously variable transmission, or CVT, dual-clutch transmissions make great sense on paper. But like CVTs, dual-clutch transmissions just don't sound right or feel right to U.S. drivers....
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