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Millionth 948TE built; becomes TorqueFlite

by David Zatz on

Just two months after producing the one millionth TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission, the former Chrysler made its millionth 948TE nine-speed automatic. They started making nine-speeds based on a ZF design in May 2013.

The company has named the transmission TorqueFlite, after the three-speed automatic built by Chrysler Corporation from 1956 to 1999. Smooth and efficient for its time, the transmission was sold to several luxury automakers.

In May 2014, production moved to the new Tipton Transmission Plant. Three other local plants supply parts: Kokomo Casting,  Kokomo Transmission (prismatic parts – housings, blocks and heads), and ITPI (rotating parts – gears and cranks).

When it reaches full capacity, Tipton will ship about 800,000 transmissions per year, sending them to Ohio, Michigan, Italy, Brazil, Turkey, and China.

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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