GM, Ford to Jointly Develop 10-Speed Automatic for Trucks, SUVs
Transmission Joint Venture Would Be Second in Last Decade
Automotive News reports General Motors and Ford are collaborating on front-drive and rear-drive automatic transmissions. For true-blue enthusiasts for whom the nearly century-long General Motors/Ford rivalry still burns hot, this announcement may seem like hell freezing over, but in reality, it's the second time the two automakers have collaborated on automatic transmission development.
Ford will head up development on the 10-speed automatic designed for use in rear-drive applications such as performance and luxury cars, trucks, and SUVs, while GM will reportedly take the lead in the development of nine-speed automatics for use in front-drive and transverse applications.
The two companies joined forces in 2002 to develop six-speed automatic transmissions for front-wheel drive vehicles. Those transmissions came to market in 2009 branded as the Ford 6F and GM 6T70 automatic transmissions used in such high-volume models as the Ford Escape and Fusion, and Chevrolet Cruze and Malibu.
Prior to this announcement, both companies were reportedly at work on in-house eight-speed automatic transmissions for use in rear-drive vehicles. GM's eight-speed could make it to production in limited volumes in the new Cadillac CTS, but Ford's homegrown eight-speed program has reportedly been scrapped in favor of this new proposed joint-venture.
Source: Automotive News (subscription Required)