As Allpar reported weeks ago, Chrysler will invest $300 million into the Kokomo, Indiana plant to build a new, highly fuel-efficient eight-speed automatic transmission, aided by a tax abatement on the addition. Special tooling and equipment will modernize both the casting plant and Transmission Plant I, helping retain over a thousand jobs.
The transmission in question was rumored to have been jointly developed by Chrysler and ZF Group, but Chrysler’s press release reported that “Chrysler Group has licensed the manufacturing rights.” Production will, as Allpar reported earlier, begin in 2013, with transmissions to be purchased from ZF (according to rumor, starting in 2012). Reportedly, the transmissions, which have high torque handling capabilities, will be used in SRT cars and some Cummins-equipped trucks.
Allpar reported in May that the torque rating of the new automatic is rumored to be over 800 pound-feet, and that it uses three, tough, expensive planetary gearsets.
Chrysler Group Powertrain engineers benchmarked the industry’s leading automatic transmissions to set functional goals. After working closely with ZF, the result is a seamless shifting eight-speed transmission “without sacrifice.” Specific product information and timing for the new transmission will come at a later date.
Dodge and SRT are rejoining the Trans Am Series, with Miller Racing fielding two new Dodge Challengers at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on August 15 and 16. Driving will be four-time series champion Tommy Kendall, making his first Trans Am start since 2004 in the TA2 series class. The cars appear to be driven by 5.7 liter Hemi engines. [...]
Though the Ram 1500 just had major upgrades, another refresh is due in 2017, to deal with the new F-150s and a possible Chevrolet Silverado update. So far not much is known about these trucks, except that they will likely include the Pentastar engine upgrade, might include the rumored 5.7 Hemi V8 upgrade, and are likely to have undergone weight reduction therapy [...]
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It has been years since Allpar first reported on the future launch of a new Jeep Wagoneer, and the dropping of the Dodge Caravan. With Wagoneer on the books, Chrysler planners may have had mixed feelings about the sudden success of the Dodge Durango. They wanted to drop the Durango for a more-profitable Wagoneer (essentially a Durango with the Grand Cherokee suspension design [...]