StaffAllpar HomeMore NewsCarsTrucksUpcomingRepairsTest drives

New transmissions on the way

by David Zatz on

dual clutch automatic

Chrysler will invest $843 million into the Kokomo transmission plant to build a new automatic transmission for future front wheel drive vehicles, if the Kokomo City Council approves a tax abatement application. The company would also modernize the casting plant and both transmission plants; together, Chrysler employes around 2,200 people in the area.

The new transmission might be the long-awaited Chrysler-and-ZF-engineered dual-clutch automatic. Past rumors pegged the automatic at seven speeds, but more recent announcements indicate it may have nine — though some of these may be “kickdown gears” as used in existing and past Chrysler automatics. Minivans and cars are both expected to use the new transmissions.

Update: Indiana Transmission Plant I currently makes the 545RFE five-speed truck/Jeep transmission, and the 68RFE heavy duty engine used with the Cummins diesel. Indiana Transmission Plant II makes the Mercedes five-speed automatic under (an expensive) license. Kokomo Casting makes aluminum parts including transmission and transaxle cases. The eight-speed automatic will be produced at Kokomo, and the 62TE transmission assembly processes are to be “improved” (presumably to increase capacity.)

[Courtesy of the Freep — thanks to KCP Worker.]

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


Jeep to try again Down Under

Back to the Chrysler 100

Kidde fire-extinguisher recall and Ram RVs

More Mopar Car
and Truck News

Some popular Allpar pages





Dodge Demon

2018 Wrangler JL



Staff details/contactsTerms of ServiceInformation is presented to the best of our knowledge. Plans change and sometimes mistakes are made. Decisions or purchases made based on this site's verbiage or images are done at the reader's own risk. Also see the Allpar News archives, 1997-2008 • Copyright © 2008-2017, Allpar LLC. All rights reserved. • Mopar, Dodge, Jeep, Chrysler, HEMI, and certain other names are trademarks of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.