Arch rivals General Motors and Ford Motor Company finally confirmed that they would jointly develop 9-speed and 10-speed automatic transmissions that both carmakers would be using in their next generation cars, SUVs and pickup trucks.
Based on the information provided by Ford, the 9-speed and 10-speed automatic transmissions that the US carmaker would be developing with the help from General Motors were basically designed to improve the performance as well as boost the fuel economy ratings that the vehicle models that would be equipped with these transmissions will be providing.
Jim Lanzon who is General Motors’ current vice president of global transmission engineering revealed that the engineering teams from Ford and GM has actually started the preliminary design work for the said transmission. Lanzon was also quoted stating that the two US carmakers are expecting that the development of the new 9-speed and 10-speed automatic transmissions will further raise the standard, quality and performance of the technologies that both companies would be using in their upcoming cars thereby providing their customers greater benefits.
But despite of the joint operations that the engineering teams of the two US carmakers would be conducting in developing the upcoming 9-speed and 10-speed automatic transmissions, Ford and GM has stressed that each of them would be involved in manufacturing their own transmissions on their own assembly plants. The two US carmakers have also explained that they will only be using the same set of components for these transmissions. Thus, the 9-speed and 10-speed automatic transmissions that Ford and GM would be producing might not be similar in every aspect.
Given the said plans, a lot of car experts believe that General Motors and Ford Motor will not only produce the best 9-speed and 10-speed automatic transmissions in the automobile industry but also save millions of dollars by working closely in developing the components that they would be using in these transmissions.