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GM, Ford to Jointly Develop 10-Speed Automatic for Trucks, SUVs

Transmission Joint Venture Would Be Second in Last Decade

Oct 3, 2012
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.
Photo 2/3   |   GM 6T70 Automatic Transmission
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.
Photo 3/3   |   Ford 6F Automatic Transmission
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)
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