GM, Ford Join Forces to Build Better Transmission

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

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.)

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