Transmissions

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Ford gets the PowerShift dual clutch transmission right, but is it too late?

11:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2016

Like it or not, there is going to be more than one flavor of automatic transmission in some of America’s favorite cars....
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MISSED SHIFT

Once-promising dual-clutch transmissions lose favor in U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 7, 2015

Not so long ago, dual clutch transmissions - with their superior fuel economy and lightning-quick gear shifts - were widely viewed as the Next Big Thing. Not anymore. Automakers are cutting back on use of them....
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Ford owner sues despite Ford transmission fixes

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 7, 2015

Ford has done numerous fixes to its PowerShift dual clutch transmission, but one Focus owner suing the company isn't satisfied....
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TOKYO AUTO SHOW

Honda's exotic powertrain tech

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

Honda is readying a number of exotic powertrain technologies: from a new generation of plug-in hybrids and ultra-lean burning engines, to 10-speed transmissions and hydrogen fuel cells....
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Honda readies volley of new drivetrain tech

11:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 26, 2015

Honda is readying a new wave of powertrain technologies that aim to boost fuel economy and performance while burnishing the company's reputation for innovation....
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Kia recalls 377,000 Sorento crossovers for transmission glitch

1:47 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2015

Kia is recalling 377,000 Sorentos because of a transmission glitch that can cause the crossover to roll while parked....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: The tricky world, with haves and have-nots, of CVTs

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2015

The 2016 Honda HR-V and the 2016 Nissan Maxima demonstrate all you need to know about the potential and pitfalls of the continuously variable transmission....
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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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