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Details on the upcoming compact and midsize cars

by David Zatz on

From 2012 to 2014, Chrysler will be replacing much of its current lineup with new cars based on the new CUSW platform, adapted from Fiat’s C-EVO dimensions.

Most CUSW cars, including replacements for the current Dodge Avenger, Chrysler 200, and Dodge Caliber, will use a brand new nine-speed automatic; Chrysler will be the first company to use this transmission, which is expected to cut gas consumption by up to 11% (versus current six-speed automatics). The ZF nine-speed will be used in many compact and midsized cars, starting in 2013, probably coming standard with the V6 engines. It will be made by Chrysler in Kokomo, under license; Chrysler may be obtaining some units directly from ZF if it cannot produce enough in Indiana.

Smaller cars powered by engines with less torque, such as the four-cylinder gas engines, will use Fiat’s dual-clutch transmission, which is much more efficient than most hydraulic automatics.

A recent Chrysler publication noted that 70% of the body structure in cars based on this platform will be high-strength metals.

(Thanks, Ghost175)

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