The original TorqueFlite was a state of the art three-speed automatic transmission which combined durability, smooth shifting, and high efficiency. It was used by a number of other companies, including high-end European automakers who had their choice of any automatic transmission.
The name has now been attached to the eight-speed ZF automatic, which will be made by Chrysler under license in Kokomo. It is already being used in the Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300, and will be standard with the V6 in the 2013 Ram 1500. (Allpar’s Jim Choate first noted the return of the name on March 7, 2011.)
See the Ram Powertrain section for more on how the transmission was named, which vehicles it will be used in, and the fate of the 4.7 liter V8, which remains with the Ram as it enters 2013.
Months after unconfirmed reports made it to Allpar’s pages, the power of Automotive News, in the person of reporter Larry Vellequette, pried a key fact from Chrysler executives — that they cast and build “Ferrari” engines for Maserati. As our sister site pentastars.com reported, the engines are actually cast in Kokomo, and machined in the Trenton Engine plant, using a mixture of [...]
The 2017 Jeep Wrangler may leave its historic steel body-on-frame construction and Toledo plant behind, according to Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, as quoted by Automotive News’ Larry Vellequette. The current Wrangler has good mileage for rugged four wheel drive vehicles, but poor economy overall, at around 17/21 mpg (depending on model and transmission). Mr. Marchionne said the Wrangler will need to lose weight [...]
Keeping a years-long tradition, Chrysler today released a number of “teaser images” for concepts to be revealed at the SEMA aftermarket show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Each brand is covered, though Chrysler has but one car — the 200S. That can be explained by the status of the brand’s three cars: the 2015 300 has yet to be launched, and the [...]