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ZF launches 9-speed destined for Chrysler

by David Zatz on

The world’s first nine-speed automatic transmission for cars with transverse-mounted engines will be built in a new factory in South Carolina by ZF of Germany. Chrysler will be one of ZF’s early customers.

The transmission is designed for front wheel drive vehicles (including passenger cars and minivans) and is said to deliver at least 10% greater gas mileage than conventional six-speed automatics. The torque converter clutch can be locked up faster due to an advanced internal shock absorber system, increasing gas mileage and available power. Shifts are extremely fast, “below the threshold of perception,” allowing rapid multiple shifts. Electronics prevent “hunting.”

Groundbreaking for the factory is scheduled for next month.

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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