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. (Read more General Motors stories.)