Chrysler to Offer Eight-Speed Gearbox in 2012 - Nine-Speed in the Works
However, Chrysler will be getting their very own eight-cog autobox, which they will start fitting to their cars, later this year. Apparently, these ZF-made gearboxes will boost fuel efficiency by up to 15%. Also, Chrysler will be adding one more gear in coming years, and the gears craze will probably end with nine.
Chrysler (and Fiat) seem to be aiming to meet the increasingly strict CAFE regulations by investing in the development of technology that is already available, instead of hybrid systems which are far more complex to develop from scratch, whereas internal combustion engines have been around for more than a century and are far easier (and cheaper) to develop further.
Story via businessweek.com