9 and 10 speed automatic transmissions to be developed by Ford and GM
Ford Motor Company and General Motors Corporation have signed an agreement under which both companies will jointly develop an all-new generation of advanced-technology 9- and 10-speed automatic transmissions for cars, crossovers, SUVs and trucks.
The collaboration enables both automakers to design, develop, engineer, test, validate and deliver these new transmissions for their vehicles faster and at lower cost than if each company worked independently.
“Engineering teams from GM and Ford have already started initial design work on these new transmissions,” said Jim Lanzon, GM vice president of global transmission engineering. “We expect these new transmissions to raise the standard of technology, performance and quality for our customers while helping drive fuel economy improvements into both companies’ future product portfolios.”
Shared development, joint-ventures or off-shore activities are being preferred by a lot of manufacturers due to the R&D budget cuts. Do you think lead-times and budgets are really lower for the development of an automatic transmission which is a substantial system?