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9-speed automatic, more, on the way

by David Zatz on

From Sergio Marchionne’s speech to dealers, just released:

“…we will have eight-speed rear-wheel-drive transmissions in market by mid 2011 and to be followed by a nine-speed front-wheel-drive transmission. They are both all-wheel drive and hybrid capable. … I can assure you that there will be no other mass manufactures in the NAFTA region, other than some snotty premium manufacturer out of Europe, that will be able to match the offering. In addition to this, there is a huge amount of work that is currently being carried out on the whole engine offering, to introduce new technologies such as multi-air, direct injection and turbo versions.”

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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