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Chrysler transmissions to be a mixed bag

by David Zatz on

According to Allpar sources, while Chrysler works on building eight-speed automatics, Fiat front-drive dual-clutch automatics, and its own six-speed transverse-engine automatic, it also seems to be planning to continue use of Mercedes WA580 five-speed automatics for rear wheel and all wheel drive applications. The upcoming Pentastar engine will, it appears, be used with both the Mercedes five-speed and the Chrysler six-speed automatic; the latter will also be coupled to a two-liter Fiat diesel. Other plans, including the destination for the eight-speed rear-drive transmission, are still uncertain.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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