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Compass, Patriot: new AWD, transmission?

If you wanted to buy a Jeep Compass or Patriot with a traditional six-speed automatic transmission, preferably one sourced from Hyundai, your chance will come soon — but you’ll have to buy quickly.

Coming in the 2014 model year, according to ever-reliable source oh2o, will be an odd transition: the Compass and Patriot are, he said, to switch to a normal six-speed automatic, jettisoning the Nissan CVT2 they currently use. This will be a fairly brief stay for the new automatic, because the 2014 model year is expected to be fairly short, even assuming that the 2013 model year will also be short. By January 2014, Compass and Patriot are to be gone, at least in their current form.

The new transmission will, according to informed speculation at the Allpar forums, likely be the same one used on the Kia Sportage and Hyundai ix35. Hyundai-Kia have exclusive rights to a clever Magna Dynamax all wheel drive system, which lasts through 2013; but in 2014 the system will be open for grabs, and Chrysler will be able to dip into the Hyundai and Magna parts buckets and use it. The Dart already uses a Hyundai six-speed automatic, largely because Chrysler’s own six-speed is too large, and the nine-speed ZF model is not ready yet (and would likely cost too much).

Given the cost of creating controls for new powertrain systems, even those which have already been used by other automakers, one can speculate that the system will also be used in the Compass’ replacement, recently spied at Allpar.

The DynaMax AWD system, currently built in Korea by Hyundai, uses an electric oil pump to create pressure, applying a multi-disc clutch to move torque from the front wheels to the rear differential. As more pressure is applied, more torque is shifted back. The Controller Area Network (CAN bus), which is also used by Chrysler, monitors the steering angle, car’s speed, throttle position, wheel speed sensors, and the clutch oil pressure, to calculate the ideal front-rear torque split and the current system status. The system starts up with all wheels engaged by default. It does not use any pump valves.

Update: a reader told us, “Message: Belvidere assembly has already built some Compass pilots with the 6 speed auto. Rumor in the plant is the Compass will be freshened with a new rear lift gate with back up camera.”

Ford’s towing claims: brag or bluff?

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In today’s print edition of Automotive News, Larry Vellequette wrote about one more facet of the ongoing battle for bragging rights among pickup manufacturers. This time, Ram is engaged in a tussle with Ford over top towing rights. Ford claims the championship over the Ram 3500, saying its 4X4 crew cab heavy-duty pickup can tow 31,200 pounds, 1,200 more than the Ram 3500 regular cab 4X2, which Chrysler maintains has “best-in-class” towing....

Proxy service advises merger approval

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San Francisco-based Glass, Lewis & Co. has recommended that its clients approve the Fiat Chrysler merger this Friday. Glass Lewis is one of the two leading proxy service companies in the world, the other being ISS which last week advised its clients to vote down the merger. According to a Reuters report, the company said the benefits of the merger outweigh concerns about voting rights....

Does Enders-Stevens strategy open the door for Johnson?

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NHRA Pro Stock points leader Erica Enders-Stevens didn’t race at Sonoma and she won’t be competing at the Northwest Nationals in Seattle. Elite Motorsports owner Richard Freeman two-event “holiday” at the Mile-High Nationals in Denver. Despite her very impressive racing resume, Enders-Stevens lacks a real sponsor and it’s likely this was a major consideration, especially since she had built up a 241-point lead over Allen Johnson, who is second in the point standings, at the end of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio....

Coughlin clinches Countdown berth in Sonoma

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Jeg Coughlin Jr. became the second Mopar driver to clinch a spot in the six-race Countdown to the Championship that will determine the Mello Yello NHRA Pro Stock world championship. Coughlin joined teammate Allen Johnson in the Countdown after making it to the Pro Stock semifinals in the NHRA Sonoma Nationals that ran this weekend at Sonoma Raceway....

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