GM, Ford Join Forces to Build Better Transmission
But they say collaboration won't compromise the 'DNA' of either brand
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Apr 15, 2013 3:21 PM CDT
In this combo made with file photos, logos for General Motors and Ford are shown.   (AP File Photos)

(Newser) – Ford and GM are setting aside their rivalry to jointly develop a new generation of more fuel-efficient transmissions, the companies revealed today. The companies have actually been working on the technology in secret for a while, the Detroit Free Press reports, but they've now decided to make it public. Chrysler has already beat the two auto giants to market with its own next-gen version of the expensive technology.

The companies aren't afraid to collaborate on the expensive systems, because sharing the design doesn't harm the DNA of either brand, a GM spokesman said: "You can't remove a transmission from a GM and put it into a Ford." While the hardware will be identical, each company will use its own control software, ensuring they're "carefully matched to the individual, brand-specific vehicle DNA," a Ford engineer explained. GM's president said it was like getting two transmissions for the price of one.

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Ultraworld
Apr 20, 2013 5:33 PM CDT
Look at the prices of a Chrysler 300c, or the Charger.Challenger. They are using pricey & heavy underpinnings that are gas hogs.The ZF 8 speeds are very pricey. And stupid expensive to repair (and they will fail). Only the dealer will be able to fix them or most likely replace new. You can bet that Fiat/Chrysler/Dodge are not buying top shelf versions from ZF. The little bit of fuel mileage they get doesn't offset the cost. If GM/Ford can come up with a better mousetrap that works well, lasts a long time & it reasonable to repair, more power to them. Wait. Better yet, reduce the weight of these vehicles ( A nearly 4k lb Camaro?) & the existing transmissions will be more efficient & last longer with less weight to move around.Too simple I guess.
StationaryMan
Apr 16, 2013 12:24 PM CDT
Its not Chryslers technology it's ZF Friedrichshafen's. And its D@MN expensive. Why not just buy a manual.
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Apr 16, 2013 11:10 AM CDT
It's a good idea. I can remember when GM built engines for Jeep and AMC in the early 80's. I worked at that plant at the time.