General Motors and Ford are teaming up to jointly develop nine- and ten-speed automatic gearboxes.

General Motors and Ford are teaming up to jointly develop nine- and ten-speed automatic gearboxes.

Following the co-development of several six-speed automatic gearboxes, GM and Ford are partners again to work on nine- and ten-speed automatic transmission for cars, crossovers, SUVs and trucks. These will be available in both front- and rear-wheel drive versions and promise to bring increased vehicle performance and lower fuel consumption.

Thanks to this new collaboration, GM and Ford will be able to design, develop, engineer, test and validate these new gearboxes faster and cheaper than if they did it separately. More details from both parties will be available closer to the launch.

Working on a ten-speed automatic gearbox contradicts ZF CEO Stefan Sommer's statement who declared a nine-speed transmission is the "natural limit". He motivated his answer by saying that adding more gears will increase weight and complexity which cannot be offset by fuel economy gains.

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