GM, Ford to Share Transmissions

Due to the staggering costs involved, General Motors and Ford are planning to develop and
build a six-speed automatic transmission together.

The companies will share costs of $720
million to bring the new transmission to market. Compared to the present four-speed
automatics, a six-speed will improve mileage in larger cars, light trucks and SUVs to meet
future Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) regulations.

Chrysler already has a six-speed
automatic transmission available that was developed by partner Daimler, although it hasn’t
installed a six-speed automatic into any of its vehicles yet.


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