"Chrysler" will get 9 stepped ratio auto gearbox in 2 years.

"U.S. automaker Chrysler and Germany's ZF prepare to run 9 stepped ratio auto gearbox production for its front wheel drive models", says The Detroit News. Chrysler intends to modernize the equipment at the Kokomo plant in Indiana having invested 843 million of dollars into the transmission reconstruction for these purposes. New transmissions will appear in the Chrysler Group cars in 2013 but the information is not specified.

In addition the American manufacturer announced previously about its plans to invest 343 million of dollars in two plants in Indiana (including the Kokomo yard) where 8 stepped ratio auto gearbox are planned to be produced of the ZF brand. These transmissions are planned to be installed in Chrysler 300C sedan and Dodge Charger since July 2011.

We want to draw your attention that General Motors has also planned to produce 8 stepped "machines". The assembly of transmissions will be launched in the Toledo plant by the end of this year while the plant is being invested with 204 million of dollars. GM will spend about two billion of dollars into in the near future to upgrading of 17 assembly yards in total.

8 stepped ratio gearbox was presented by the ZF company in 2007 and 9 stepped automatic box was declassified later this year. First of them is already installing in the rear-drive BMW 760Li with engine V12 as well as the Audi A8, Bentley Mulsanne, BMW 5-Series, BMW 7-Series, BMW X5 and Rolls-Royce Ghost. 9 stepped box is only for front wheel drive cars with transverse engine.

03 August 2011
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